Final Jeopardy: International Sports

The Final Jeopardy question (7/17/2013) in the category “International Sports” was:

2013 marks the 100th running of this event, first won by Maurice Garin with a time of 94 hours, 33 minutes, 14 seconds.

Current champ Mark Japinga has won $112,600 over the course of 4 days. Today he could sail right into the No. 2 spot on the TOC list with a win like yesterday. His challengers in his 5th match are: John Clarke from Vancouver, BC Canada; and Kerri McCoy from Jersey City, NJ.

Kerri found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Author-ized Biographies” before the first break. She was in second place with $1,000, $600 behind Mark’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

Born in Hell’s Kitchen in 1920 to immigrants from Naples, he said “I never met a real… gangster.” show

Kerri finished in the lead with $5,600. Mark was second with $4,400 and John was last with $1,800.

John found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “U.S. Rivers.” He was in third place with $2,200, $4,200 less than Kerri’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

The Hudson River rises at Lake Tear of the Clouds on the shoulder of Mount Marcy in these mountains. show

Kerri found the last Daily Double in “-Ologies.” In the lead with $8,000, she was $2,800 ahead of John in second place. She bet $1,200 and floundered a bit. You could almost hear her inner voice — “say something! say something!” — but she got the RIGHT answer out there in time.

From the Greek for “beyond the soul”, it’s the study of phenomena that cannot be explained by traditional science. show

Kerri finished in the lead with $15,600. Mark was next with $10,400 and John was in third place with $7,200.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Maurice-Francois Garin was a road bicycle racer best known for winning the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, and for being stripped of his title in the second Tour in 1904, along with eight others, for cheating. (wikipedia)

John wrote down “Ironman.” That cost him $3,201 so he finished with $3,999.

Mark thought it was the “Paris to Dakar Rally.” He lost everything he had and finished with zero.

Kerri wrote down ‘Marathon”. She bet $5,000 so she won the game with $10,600.

Well, quelle surprise! We thought Alex Trebek’s French pronunciation of Maurice Garin would point at least one or two of the contestants in the direction of France and the rest would come, but congrats to Kerri all the same. Well-played!

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    Mark would have been a lot closer with Monaco year-wise. That started in 1911, though time to complete much shorter. I guess the 94 hours made him think of Dakar. That started in ’78. (No claim to prior knowledge — looked all that up.)

  2. john blahuta says:

    @Flash i agree 100%. when you hear “the xx running of…” the first thing you think of is the kentucky derby or any other horse race. a marathon or any race where humans “run” comes to mind as well, but then the time would be way too long. so it had to be something were a person “directs” an animal or a machine of some kind.

    “2013 this (international) (sporting) event took place for the 100th time)” would have been fairer, also emphasizing that it was affected by wwI and II, so it was NOT the 100th anniversary……

    but then they like to do things like that occasionally on j…… if on purpose or not, i don’t know. given the time it took and the french name, mark came kind of close (he could have also guessed “the monte carlo rally”)

  3. Flash says:

    It was a trick clue using “100th running of this event” — Made me thing of a human or animal foot/paw/hoof race, never thought of a bicycle race as a running . . . .