- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - The reigning 16-year-old champion of cellphone texting has reclaimed the title of fastest texter in America.

Austin Weirschke (WARE’-skee) of Rhinelander, Wis., won after eight rounds at the texting competition Wednesday in New York’s Times Square. He gets $50,000 in prize money.

Eleven contestants from around the U.S. competed, all using the same type of phone. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity.

There were three rounds, including texting while blind-folded and texting with hands behind their backs.

The third round is called “text blitz.” Phrases were shown to the contestants for a length of time and they copied them as fast as they could.

The annual competition is sponsored by cellphone-maker LG Electronics.