Final Jeopardy: The 2012 Olympics

The Final Jeopardy question (11/19/2013), in the category “The 2012 Olympics” was:

NBC reported that in the first days of Olympic coverage, this sport seen in recent books & on film was the most watched on cable.

In the second match of the 2013 Teachers Tournament, these three semi-finalists compete for the second spot in the finals: Becky Giardina; Anne Baxter and Patrick Dillon.

Anne found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Flashin’ Some Fashion.” She was in a second place tie with Patrick at $1,800. They both had half of Becky’s lead. She made it a true Daily Double and she was RIGHT.

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Becky finished in the lead with $5,200. Anne was second with $4,000 and Patrick was last with $0, thanks to a couple of bad guesses.

Anne found the first Daily Double in “Let’s All Chant.” She was now in the lead with $9,200, $1,600 ahead of Becky in second place. She bet $1,500 and took a guess that she was highly relieved was RIGHT.

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Patrick found the last Daily Double in “Front to Back, Back to Front.” In third place with $10,000, he had $5,100 less than Anne’s lead. He bet $2,200 and sadly blanked out so he was WRONG.

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Anne finished in the lead with $15,100. Becky was next with $12,400 and Patrick came in third with $7,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


A sharp increase in interest in archery was attributed as follows by NBC research exec Alan Wurtzel: “Maybe it’s the Hunger Games phenomenon” reported that “He likened its popularity to the surprise interest in curling events of the Vancouver winter games two years ago.

Interest in archery was not just limited to the Olympics. From a recent news report: “While Jennifer Lawrence may not have the devil-may-care panache of (Errol) Flynn, her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’ has provided a welcome boost to today’s archery industry.” Katniss is now a Barbie doll as well.

Patrick wrote down “swimming.” That cost him $6,800 and he finished with $1,000.

Becky got it right. She bet it all and doubled her score to $24,800.

Anne thought it was skateboarding. She lost her $9,701 bet and wound up with $5,399.

Anne and Patrick are taking $10,000 home, and Becky Giardina is the one who will join John Pearson in the 2-day final.

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3 Responses

  1. aaaa says:

    Inoptimal wagering didn’t matter as Becky was the sole get. A TS would have cost her due to inoptimal wagering.

    • Tom Clark says:

      What are you talking about, please? What’s a TS? What would optimal wagering have been?

      • vj says:

        TS means Triple Stumper, Tom. Sorry can’t help with the optimal wagers. I wouldn’t know an optimal wager if I fell over it. Sadly, I cannot retain that info. I’ve been chased away from more than one blackjack table in my day because I can’t remember the rules.