1996 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Wendy Guey has blasted today’s competitors, saying the bee was more physical back then and they wouldn’t have survived.
Guey, one of the bee’s most respected elders, made her comments in an appearance on a local, drive-time spell-talk radio show.
“The bee has changed so much, they got rules now that you can’t push someone when they’re spelling,” Guey said. “You can’t even touch them. You know how many words I would’ve spelled if I had played under these rules? Please.”
Guey also criticized today’s words for being too easy to spell.