Final Jeopardy: Olympic Gold Medalists
The Final Jeopardy question (12/13/2012) in the category “Olympic Gold Medalists” was:
Before Michael Phelps in 2008, he was the last American to win 5 individual golds in one Olympics: he did it at Lake Placid.
New champ, Alistair Bell is back today after winning $13,200 yesterday. Today he takes on these two players: John McGee, from Dallas, TX and Judy Strong, from Bellevue, WA.
Judy found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Literary Relations,” after getting all but one right in the category. She was in the lead with $600, and no one else had a penny. She bet $1,000, but did not know so she was WRONG.
Last name of Biff and Happy, brothers in a stage play.
John finished in the lead with $6,200. Alistair was second with $4,200 and Judy was last with $400.
Alistair found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “18th Century Technology.” He was in a tie with John for the lead at $10,200. They were both $3,800 ahead of Judy in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.
Musicians can thank John Shore who invented this in 1711: it vibrated at 423.5 cycles a second.
Alistair found the last Daily Double in “Political Memoirs.” He was now in the lead all by himself, with $4,800 more than John in second place. He bet $2,000, and he was RIGHT.
Going from the White House to ABC News, he wrote “All Too Human: A Political Education” about his Clinton years.
Alistair finished in the lead with $19,000. John was next with $11,000 and Judy was in third place with $4,800.
NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
“In nine days in February 1980 at Lake Placid, N.Y., Heiden accomplished what no Olympian had ever done — he won five individual gold medals in a single Olympics, be it Summer or Winter…. The 21-year-old took home more gold from the 1980 Winter Olympics than Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, West Germany, Italy, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and France combined. ” (ESPN: Eric Heiden was a reluctant hero)
Judy wrote down “Eric Hansen.” That cost her $2,800 and she finished with $2,000.
John wrote down “Smith.” That cost him a lot more: $9,001. He finished with $1,999.
Alistair didn’t have any idea. He lost $3,001 but still won the game with $15,999. His 2-day total is $29,199.