Final Jeopardy: Olympic Host Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (1/5/2015), in the category “Olympic Host Cities” was:

This European city hosted the northernmost summer games, also the first where Soviet athletes participated.

New champ Elliot Yates won $18,201 on Friday. In his second game, he is up against these two players: Eric Westra, from Omaha, NE; and Dara Gocheski, from Denver, CO.

Round 1: Elliot found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Country Name Origins” under the $800 clue. He was in second place with $1,600, $1,000 less than Dara’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double, wryly noting that he stunk in the category so far. He came up with Trinidad & Tobago but that was WRONG.

A national pair in the Caribbean “ancient & bearded”. show

Dara finished in the lead with $3,400. Eric was second with $1,000 and Elliot was in the hole for $800.

Round 2: Eric found the first Daily Double in “Medieval Fashion” under the $1,600 clue. He was in third place with $3,400, $4,000 less than Dara’s lead. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.

3-letter name for a long white tunic made of linen & worn by medieval clergy. show

Dara found the last Daily Double in “DaFoe” under the $1,600 clue. In the lead with $9,800, she had $4,600 more than Elliot in second place. She bet $800 and came up with the Hundred Years’ War. That was WRONG.

“Memoirs of a Cavalier” was a fictional account of this decades-long war of 17th century continental Europe. show

Dara finished in the lead with $9,000. Elliot was next with $5,600 and Eric was in third place with $3,200.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The Soviet Union (USSR) competed in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. It was the first time for Russians to compete since 1912 as well as the first time for Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Georgians, Ukrainians and Uzbeks to do it ever. 295 competitors, 255 men and 40 women, took part in 141 events in 18 sports.” (wikipedia)

Eric came up with Stockholm. That cost him $3,100 and he finished with $100.

Elliot got it right. His $5,400 bet brought him up to $11,000.

Dara wrote down Oslo. She lost her $2,201 bet and finished with $6,799.

So Elliot won his second game after all, although it surely didn’t look good till we saw that right answer in FJ! His 2-day total is $29,201.

FJ Results: 1-5-15

Elliot did talk about opera during today’s chat. He is working on an opera based on Truman Capote’s life and the part of Capote is being written for a countertenor because the author had such a high-pitched voice. On film, Capote has been portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toby Jones, Michael J. Burg and Louis Negin; and in a one-man show “Tru” by Robert Morse and Louis Negin.

2 years ago:: ALL of the players got this FJ in “Sports Legends”

A bio from 1974, 26 years after his death, quotes him: “I swing big… I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can”. show

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6 Responses

  1. jacob ska says:

    This was a very lethargic game. Too many triple stumpers. Congrats Elliot. Not surprised he came around at the end. Multiple game show players tend to be more at ease I read over the weekend.

    Michael Souveroff Jeopardy 2001 appeared on wheel of fortune and WWTBAM.

    Megan Barnes Jeopardy 2011 appeared on wheel of fortune and WWTBAM.

    Ken Jennings was just on WWTBAM November 2014. In addition to Jeopardy he was also on 1 vs. 100, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader and other
    game show.

    I’m sure there are many others. When it’s in your blood I guess it’s in your blood.

    • VJ says:

      yeah too many triple stumpers and wrong answers — the country category was brutal.

      I guessed the same as Dara. Bzztt!!

      • Cece says:

        Strange game… some of the wrong answers in the first round were to relatively easy clues. I expected fj to be a triple stumper but, happily, Elliot saved the day.

        I flunked fj, too :)

      • Dara G. says:

        It certainly was a brutal category! Congrats to Elliot for getting it right! Was generally a tough game board…

        • john blahuta says:

          i would not say exactly “brutal category”.
          olympic games should be common knowledge.
          i bet most people don’t even know that until and including 1992the games were held the same year, winter and summer olympics. then the change: the next winter olympics: 1994 in lillehammer, 1996 summer olympics in atlanta, ga.
          since then the summer and winter olympics are held 2 years apart.2012 the summer olympics were in london, 2014 the winter games in sochi,2016 the summer games in rio (brazil), 2018 the winter games in south korea etc

        • VJ says:

          We’re talking about the Country Name Origins category in the first round, John, not FJ. Here are the other 3 clues besides the Daily Double (which I also missed and then slapped myself in the head).

          $200 – Just south of Guadeloupe “Sunday”
          $400 – South of Morocco “Land of the Moors”
          $600 – Shiite Central: “Land of the Aryans”