Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Las Vegas for the 2016 Zappos Memoriad, billed as a “World Mental Olympics” that happens every four years. Knowing the Memoriad was this year was one of the things that convinced me to take a gap year from medical school. And since my wife and I are spending a few months with my parents-in-law in California, it was only a 5-hour drive away! My parents and brother even uprooted from New York to be with us the following weekend. It all added up to a bunch of fun, although after a vacation in Norway and now this, I must admit I’m getting a bit travel-weary. I’m hopeless at maintaining my usual working routine while traveling...Read More
I just got back from the 2016 USA Memory Championship, and I’m happy to report that I won! Phew. The USAMC wreaks havoc on the nerves. I feel incredibly relieved to have survived through the end against some stiff competition from Brad Sundstrom, Katherine He, Erica Wang and the other talented...Read More
One down, two to go. All things considered, not a bad day. Unfortunately we won't have any results until tomorrow, so I can't say much for certain, but the three events all went decently well. I'm happy to say that I'm quite impressed with the venue...Read More
After two days of traveling, I'm finally in China! My wife, my father-in-law, and I have been enjoying tons of spicy food, exploring the gardens and reserves, and trying not get stampeded by mopeds (all thanks to my father-in-law's ninja world traveler skills)...Read More
I wrote up an article for Florian Dellé's Memory-Sports.com site discussing the recent Taiwan competition in the context of the rapidly shifting memory world rankings. I also included some post-competition vibes from 3 of the competitors (Mark Anthony Castaneda, Sengesamdan Ulziikhutag, and Yanjaa Altansuh).
Here's an article about me that just came out in my school's newsletter. It details how I got involved in the sport and the basics of memory techniques. The author also got some nice quotes from USAMC founder Tony Dottino and 4-time national champ Nelson Dellis! And here's a link to a longer version of the video. Hope you enjoy!
What a week it’s been. Four out of five days spent memorizing in the hot California sun (well, not really). It was incredible to meet so many amazing people—memory athletes I’ve been reading about since day one.Read More