CROWN POINT | She’s fast and she knows it, and she hopes her speed soon will be known around the world.
Kathy Cortopassi, president of Voice to Print Captioning LLC, is competing against four others for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Court Reporter.
The competition takes place Thursday afternoon at the annual National Association of Court Reporters convention in Nashville.
“Word about the competition went out to everyone in the association, but only five agreed to try it,” Cortopassi said. “I’m doing it because I have a competitive spirit. And I like to compete and do something others won’t do.”
In addition to the Guinness competition, she is competing in both a speed contest and an accuracy contest against about 50 others at the convention. About 2,000 are expected to attend.
Cortopassi's accuracy, as tested by special software programs, has been at 99.8 percent since at least 1995, she said. During the contest, a contestant’s accuracy must be 95 percent or better or he or she is disqualified. Cortopassi has transcribed at more than 300 words per minute, which is almost double the average time of normal speech.
Cortopassi said she’s been practicing for weeks, but there was a complication that limited her free time: her daughter was married Saturday.
“It’s the second daughter’s wedding in 12 months. So I’ve worked my butt off to get ready and afford a second wedding," she said. "I regret not practicing enough, but my daughter is my first priority. If I have to make a choice, she comes first.”
Cortopassi’s company, Voice to Print Captioning, performs instant and verbatim real-time closed captioning, post-production captioning, in-person captioning, remote captioning, Internet streaming and court reporting and audio transcription services for theater, TV, conferences, churches, city council meetings, seminars and other functions.
She prides herself on accuracy and hopes it leads to a first place.
“I know I can compete, but whether I win will be determined,” Cortopassi said.
Only bragging rights accompany setting the world record or winning either of the convention’s speed or accuracy competitions, but Cortopassi said that’s enough of a reward.
“I sometimes wonder why I’m doing it, but it’s the competitor in me that’s going ahead and making me push myself."