Brooklyn-based Marquardt is a former three-time champion of the USA Memory Championship and shes coming out of retirement to compete in the event again this Saturday (Mar. 12) at the 8th annual championship in New York.
The contest requires participants to memorize a string of 1000 random digits, an entire deck of shuffled cards, 500 random words, 99 names and faces and an unpublished 50-line poem.
Marquardt says she spent time at home the past two years taking care of her baby boy, where, during that time, her mind has turned to mush.
She says she used to do 9,000-piece jigsaw puzzles but now does nine-piece ones with her son. Still, shes been preparing by memorizing decks of cards, and says, the brain is definitely a muscle you have to use.
Marquardt says if the competition includes words like sippy cup or if, episodes of Blues Clues comes up, Id be queen.
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