Hello memory athletes,
As the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship is about to take place, this Sept. 1, in Toronto (Greater Toronto Area) I have been informed -as the competition director- that one of the registered contestants living in Canada has beaten -by a couple of seconds- in training the Official Speed Cards world record, which I believe now stands at 12.74 seconds.
In the 8 years of the past Canadian Memory Championship, I have only once before received notice that we may expect a world record level of performance. The last time it was at 15 min Words and the contestant failed to achieve the expected score of 400 words by a wide margin.
It is common to have overly high expectations the first time around in a competition and so I do not anticipate a new world record will be set at Speed Cards at the 2019 Canadian Memory Championship. Nevertheless, I thought I should make a mention of it in the unlikely event that this does occur. If it happens and I didn’t warn anyone about this possibility then it may be regarded as a failure on my part to get people ready for something improbable but apparently perhaps possible.
I will not identify the contestant in question so as not to put extra pressure on him or her just as I will not identidied the other contestant who once planned a world record level of performance at Words and failed.
Even Memory Champions sometimes fail the first time around. Canadian Memory Champion Ezequiel believed he would win the title in 2017 but had to try it again the next year to put his hands on that title.