Forget Michael Phelps and his 20 gold medals, this is the future of American greatness.
Last week, while you were probably watching a slew of Olympic traditional sporting-and-athletic competitions, a true titleholder was crowned in New York's Times Square.
We're talking about the 2012 US National Texting Champion.
Sorted from a field of 100,000 texters that had battled in qualifying rounds around the country, 10 competitors, plus the reigning 2011 champ, squared off on stage to prove just who is the fastest person in America to type and send a message on a cell phone.
Texters were eliminated through rounds that required them to type and send an arbitrary phrase consisting of random letters (capital and lower-case), numbers and symbols in a minute or less -- and messaging out the first four lines of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while blindfolded.
In the climatic final round, the 2011 champion, 17-year-old Austin Wierschke, successfully defended his title from 15-year-old Kent Augustine to became the first ever two-time champion.
His prize? A trophy and $50,000.
Yep, we're warming up to try out for next year's contest.
VIDEO: "Text Me Back"
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