In the recent years we have seen the United States joining the top elite of memory athletes. One of the young and super talented Yankees is Alex Mullen. He jumped under the top 20 in the world in his first ranked tournament and placed fourth in the Extreme Memory Tournament 2015.
If one had to decide who is the most talented and successful memory athlete of all times, there would probably one name pop up among the few chosen ones, that everyone has heard about. We talked with Simon “The Flash” Reinhard and asked him for his secrets.
In 2012 a new memory athlete appeared who quickly climbed the memory rankings. At the time of this interview he is on position number 14 in the world and has achieved the Grand Master title. Running in the shadows of his fellow Swede and two times World Memory Champion Jonas von Essen, few have spotted this outstanding talent yet. We are about to change that: clear the stage for Marwin Wallonius from Sweden.
Steady as a rock he is climbing the highest mountains, raising awareness for Alzheimer disease. And in the meantime he is the most successful US memory athlete of all times. I talked with Nelson Dellis about physical and mental mountains and how to overcome them.
There is one memory athlete who seems to love competition more than anything: The German neuroscientist and physicist Boris Nikolai Konrad. He managed to break world records in the two difficult disciplines Random Words and Names & Faces several times. And his amount of #37 memory championship participations is only beaten by the former World Memory Champion Ben Pridmore.
Countries like China, Mongolia, the Philippines and India are booming, pruducing many marvelous memory athletes. One of them is Andy Fong from Hong Kong who is doing this sport a favor from four different angles: as a memory athlete, memory arbiter, championship organizer and last but not least putting memory techniques in an astonishing practice.
The young polish mnemonist Marcin “Maskow” Kowalczyk can solve 41 Rubic’s Cubes blindfolded in an hour. This colorful brain twister toy became highly popular again in the last decade and people from all over the world are training to solve it in an instant. But Marcin is striving for a bigger challenge: The eternal blindfolded crown.