Final Jeopardy: 2016 U.S. Olympians

The Final Jeopardy question (12/20/2016) in the category “2016 U.S. Olympians” was:

If this U.S. state was a country, it would have been in the Top 10 in Gold medals with 14– 9 of them by 1 man & 1 woman.

5x champ Cindy Stowell has now won $80,002. In her 6th game, she takes on these two players: Colleen Cooper, from Van Nuys, CA; and Julia Kite, from New York, NY.

Round 1 Categories: Serving the State – Sports No-Nos – Birds of a Feather – Looks Aren’t Everything, But… – Standing “O” – & Now For Some Good News

Julia found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Birds of a Feather” under the $600 clue on the 4th pick of the round. She was in the lead with $800. In fact, she was the only one with any money. She could have bet the $1,000 allowance but went with the $800 she had and she was RIGHT.

Mute, Bewick’s, Trumpeter. show

Julia finished in the lead with $5,800. Cindy was second with $5,200 and Colleen was last, in the hole for $200.

Round 2 Categories: Serving The State Dinner – 7-letter Verbs – History – “J”eography – Let’s Read Henry, James – The Musical Stylings of Johnny Gilbert

Julia found the first Daily Double in “State Dinner” under the $2,000 clue, with 12 clues still to go after it. She was in the lead with $14,600 at this point, $3,800 more than Cindy in second place. She wanted to play it safe with a $2,000 bet and she was RIGHT.

Ulysses Grant’s dinner for King Kalakaua of these islands (including Hawaii) likely didn’t include the food of that name. show

Julia found the last Daily Double in “Henry, James” under the $1,600 clue. There was just one clue left after it. In the lead with $22,200, she had $8,600 more than Cindy in second place. She bet $1,600 and she was RIGHT.

In 1964 the Supreme Court said a 30-year old novel by this Brooklyn guy was not obscene. show

The buzzer went off and Julia finished in the lead with $23,800. Cindy was next with $13,600 and Colleen was in third place with $2,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Kelyn Soon wrote an article last August that is still online in The Washington Post, highlighting the achievements of Maryland’s athletes in the 2016 Olympics: “The Old Line State (or is it Old Bay State?) produced 14 gold medals, three silvers and one bronze.” Its title is “Maryland ranks higher on the Olympic gold list than all but five countries.” Before going to today’s responses, Alex Trebek noted that the one man and one woman referred to in the clue were Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky

Colleen thought it was California. She lost her $2,599 bet and finished with $1.00.

Cindy got it right. Her $10,201 bet brought her up to $23,801.

Julia picked Ohio. That cost her $5,000 and left her with $18,800. That made Cindy today’s winner with a 6-day total of $103,803.

Final Jeopardy (12/20/2016) Cindy Stowell, Colleen Cooper, Julia Kite

A triple stumper from each round:

LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, BUT… ($800) A Venetian visitor described this 16th century King of England as “the handsomest potentate I ever set eyes on”

THE MUSICAL STYLINGS OF JOHNNY GILBERT ($2000) “I took a pill in Ibiza to show Avicii I was cool and when I finally got sober, felt 10 years older”

2 years ago: Only ONE of the players got this FJ in “Word Origins”

In the mid-1960s, a decade after it first appeared in a holiday tale, this word came to be used for any mean killjoy. show

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23 Responses

  1. Cece says:

    I was trying not to do this last night but, OK, I’m gonna be ‘that annoying person’ (never stopped me before). The FJ clue contains a usage error—it should be “If this country were…”, not ‘was’.

    (I know, my grammar is far from perfect but, hey, I’m not a writer.) :):)

  2. Ken Brown says:

    The clue should be “street shoes”, correct?
    Never do it in street shoes.


  3. Ken Brown says:

    Ref. to Jeopardy Archive
    Etiquette from a leading association for this activity includes “never” do it “in street shows”

    the correct answer is What are shoes? Not SHOWS, shoes for bowling, ok?

    • VJ says:

      @Ken – J-Archive has a “suggest a correction” link on each of its games on the bottom, or you can post a message on their JBoard message board. This site is not connected with putting up the games in J-Archive. I just link back to them when I refer to a clue or clues from there. In any event, it looks like that clue is correct now. LINK

      • Myron M. says:

        Even easier, you can click on the clue number to go directly to the correction suggestion form for that clue. I just learned this a couple weeks ago, and I’m an Archivist!

        And yes, minor typos in recently entered games are usually caught pretty quickly. Most current games are entered using OCR software from the show video, so errors will creep in.

        Thanks for your interest.

  4. VJ says:

    If you wanted to know who it was, Jeopardy! tweeted the video of who Ana Navarro would pick from outside of politics for the next president. It was more surprising to me that they didn’t ask her in clue form so she could answer in the form of question :)

    LINK: 11 clues from this match

  5. Antonella Parent says:

    Rip Cindy!!!

  6. lou says:

    Congrats to cindy once again. she can easily surpass tim atens total now. fantastic play from the queen of Austin texas. I wonder if this past summers olympics were from maryland that won gold medals

  7. aaaa says:

    Another Zach here, didn’t know another Zach posted here. 41/57 here.

  8. jacob ska says:

    Wow Cindy! What a fantastic woman.

    I forgot about Ledecky & wasn’t sure where she was from but I knew Phelps had won the most medals & was born & raised in Maryland. Carmelo Anthony & Kevin Durant won gold medals in basketball for the USA team and were raised in Maryland. Only reason I was uncertain was Carmelo was born in NYC & Durant was born in DC.

    Only thing to work with was Phelps born & raised in Maryland. Since he earned his 23rd career gold medal in 2016 he was the only person to work with in CotD imo.

  9. aaaa says:

    Seems as though Julie should have wagered over $5K to get a lock game going into FJ! if the DD was the last clue of the round.. She didn’t and Cindy gets bits of luck again to win her sixth game, as Julie didn’t get FJ! right and Cindy did.

    • EricS says:

      I think there may have been a handful of clues left, but I was thinking 5000 when I watched it. Hard to watch, tbh

    • James says:

      You are correct — a $5000 wager with her correct answer would have given her a lock game, while an incorrect answer would have still left her in the lead and in the same competitive position. Cindy is terrific — but it doesn’t hurt to have a little luck in addition to a whole lot of skill.

  10. Zach says: