Mattea Roach has always had his record reign at the Peril! podium would come to an end.
The all-time Canadian champion said her success on the show was as much about luck as it was about prowess.
“I just thought to myself, why would I be upset about this?” she said in a phone interview ahead of the airing of the episode that ended her run on Friday.
“Obviously I would have preferred to win. But I was always going to end up losing, and most people lose their first game. I’m lucky to have won 23.”
Mattea Roach’s Jeopardy record! the race is over after losing by $1
She also had months to process the loss, given that the episode was filmed on February 15.
“Any possible angle I could have dissected my last game from, I feel like I did the week after I recorded it.”
Roach came to the conclusion that things could have ended differently had she changed her strategy, but she chooses not to dwell on it. She was lucky “many more times” than unlucky, she said.
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And after weeks of media attention on both sides of the border, she’s ready to catch her breath, which just got easier, given her US$560,983 in earnings. This is the fifth-highest loot of all “Jeopardy” regular season contestants.
Peril! Champion Mattea Roach completes record run after losing $1
The law school tutor will become a law student in the fall. She got her first acceptance while taping the show and is still deciding where to sign up, but until then she plans to take it easy.
“Maybe I’m not really going to work more than part-time until then,” Roach said. “And I’m just going to enjoy one last summer of freedom.”
“There are so many things I haven’t done in my life yet, because I’m relatively young,” she said. “I haven’t traveled for a long time. I have money now, I guess. I can go anywhere if I want.
She is also eager to think of something other than television and trivia.
“Before ‘Jeopardy,’ I was at a point in my life where there wasn’t really any forward movement,” she said. “And now I feel like, for both ‘Jeopardy’ and unrelated reasons, that’s no longer true.”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2022.
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