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U.S. texters put their fingers to the test

Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 00:53

Aug. 9 - Texters face off in Times Square at the U.S. National Texting Championship. Tara Cleary reports.

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They're letting their fingers do the talking - - silently and very quickly. Eleven of the fastest texters in America competed in the U.S. National Texting Championship in New York. Judged on speed and accuracy, two finalists faced off. Winner for the second year was 17-year-old Austin Wierschke. SOUNDBITE: Austin Wierschke, U.S. National Texting Champion, saying (English): "Texting in that last round I was like this is a really impossible phrase. I was trying to take my time on it but I really wanted to win it again so I just went as fast as I could and tried to do my best and Kent did a really good job and he was really accurate so I was really nervous. But it worked out and I am really happy." Wierschke says he'll use the $50,000 U.S. dollar prize money towards his college education.

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U.S. texters put their fingers to the test

Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 00:53