23-year-old Toronto teacher Mattia Roach lost her Jeopardy! A streak of one dollar, in astonishing turmoil on Friday night.
The Canadian lost her record-breaking Final Jeopardy streak to the US format, despite her lead in the early match.
The last danger! The idea for Roach and the Friday contestants was this: These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of an old racetrack owned by Coca-Cola mogul Asa Candler.
Roach lost $3,601 and lost the game with her answer: “Who are Churchill and Downs?”
The correct answer given by her opponent, Danielle Maurer, was “Who are Hartsfield and Jackson?”
Key moments: Friday’s show saw Roach facing off against Betsy Hobbs, a senior operations manager from Thornton, Illinois, and Maurer, digital marketing director from Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Roach broke before the pack on his first $5,200 commercial break; Maurer, her closest opponent, got $1,800, while Hobbs slipped into the red with $1,800.
Roach had only cemented her lead by the end of Double Jeopardy, accumulating $19,200 in profits. Maurer came in second, earning $11,400 after calling a debt-themed daily double, and Hobbs had $7,400.
However, the American-themed Final Jeopardy will be the Achilles’ roach heel. After her answer she wrote: “Idk”.
Maurer got the answer right and barely managed to come forward with a final sum of $15,600.
“Obviously, for a Georgian, it’s not difficult,” said host Ken Jennings. He added that the questions are randomly distributed. Jennings’ winning streak of 74 consecutive games since 2004 is unprecedented.
Roach win stats: Roach’s cumulative earnings totaled over $560,000 (US), as of her 24th game.
As of Friday, she’s won the 5th largest amount of money during a regular Jeopardy game! season in history.
“I never expected you to become a risk for 23 days! A champ will be my path to financial security in my twenties,” Roach wrote in a press release after her defeat, “but I feel very fortunate that things turned out that way.”
Roach is the most successful Canadian player on the show.
She has responded to over 500 clues, with an average of 28 correct answers per game, saying “Danger!”
Roach is eligible to qualify for the show’s “Champions Tournament”, taking on the most successful players in “Jeopardy!” Including 38-game champion Matt Amodio and 40-game winner Amy Schneider.
Personal life and queer representation: Roach lives in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto. She works as a teacher and was raised in Halifax, NS
“Danger!” Champ says the only reason she might be able to buy a home in Canada’s high housing market is because of her gaming show earnings
Some US networks seem to have stuck to Roche’s sexual orientation, referring to her as the “lesbian teacher” on the popular TV show. People online were quick to jump in in support of Roach, something she says she was grateful for.
Roach says she’s happy to be a part of the recent influx of LGBT contestants, though she notes that the US network’s tweets about her were clumsy. I think it’s closely related to ‘Jeopardy! “I run, not because it’s about my ability to play the game, but because I think it’s part of a bigger story about gay and transgender contestants this season.”
The list includes Amy Schneider, who has a 40-game winning streak, said in a Last year’s series of tweets She was proud of being a gay and transgender woman and wanted the pop to know her, but the truth represented only a small part of her identity. Schneider had one of the show’s longest winning streaks.
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