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Here’s a brief excerpt from my latest achievements (that you’re free to use, but please send an e-mail to media at yanjaa dot com if any of this is featured!):
Yanjaa Wintersoul is a 23-year-old award-winning memory athlete from Mongolia. Within her first year of memory training she got the gold medal at the World Memory Championships for remembering names and faces, also winning the World Memory Championship team medal with Sweden. The following year she got the world record for the most names and faces ever remembered (187 international names in 15 minutes) and was the eighth person in history to achieve an International Grandmaster of Memory (which includes memorizing more than 1000 random digits in under an hour) at her second World Memory Championships.
Shortly after, she was invited to be one of the 200 global Leaders of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland for “outstanding success in memory sports at such a young age and commitment in fighting against discrimination and for the initiative and courage to make a difference”, as well as winning the annual Mongolian Youth Award for excellency in inspiring youth education through language learning and memory training.
Growing up in Stockholm, Mongolia and Tokyo and finishing high school in Kenya – she’s always had a growing passion for global compassion, equality and education. With a bachelor in economics from Stockholm University, she hopes to contribute to the further adventure and development of the human race in the most fun and collaborative ways possible. Whether that’s in educational entertainment or research in theoretical physics, only time will tell. One thing is for sure, nothing would’ve ever been possible without her loving mother who instilled in her the belief that with enough curiosity and self-compassion, we are given the tools needed to pursue what’s good in the world.
Here’s my latest bio:
Austin, Texas – Stockholm, Sweden and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. (Although I would probably be the happiest in Nairobi, Kenya).
What did you study?
Business and art history.
Where did you go to school/university?
Bachelor’s in Stockholm Business School and Uppsala University.
When did you start memorising/having fun with memory?
When it was difficult for me to finish business school because it was so boring I had to find a way to make it fun. I accidentally picked up a book about memory competitions and training and then I competed and at my first World Memory Championships I won the gold medal for remembering the most names and faces. I also finished my bachelor’s in two years while competing.
List of competitions you’ve joined/results
World record in 15 minute names and faces (187 names) at the Hong Kong Open (2015)
2-time gold medalist at the World Memory Championships (2014, 2015)
Team Gold Medal at the World Memory Championships (2014)
Invited to the Extreme Memory Tournament for the world’s best memory champions (2015, 2016)
Will compete at the
- Singapore Open on September 30th and October 1st.
- Swedish Open in October
- European Open in Spain on October 21st and 22nd.
- World Memory Championships 2017 in Indonesia in December (this one, I plan to win).
List of appearances (TV, live shows, etc)
Sweden’s Got Talent – Audition, Semifinals, Finals.
The Brain (China) – semifinals.
ABC Today (News segment in the US)
Nyhetsmorgon (Frequent morning news show appearances in Sweden)
Investor 100 years birthday party (speaker)
Various news shows in Mongolia
Upcoming: Speaker at the Polyglot Conference 2017 in Iceland
Is this now a full time career?
What is your upcoming book called?
What is memory? (and a 100 other very important questions)
When will it be published?
Once I find a publisher who believes in the book as much or more than I do, or a kickstarter! Tell me if you would like a copy!
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