Mattea Roach, a 23-year-old Toronto tutor, has lost her “jeopardy!” of 23 games! single-dollar streak, in a stunning Friday night upset.
The Canadian lost her record-breaking streak to a USA-themed Final Jeopardy!, despite taking an early game lead.
The final danger! The clue for Roach and the contestants on Friday was: These two mayors gave their names to a facility built on the site of a former racetrack owned by Coca-Cola mogul Asa Candler.
Roach lost $3,601 and the game with his answer: “Who are Churchill and Downs?”
The correct answer, provided by rival Danielle Maurer, was “Who are Hartsfield and Jackson?”
Key moments: Friday’s show saw Roach take on Betsy Hobbs, a senior operations manager from Thornton, Illinois, and Maurer, a digital marketing manager from Peachtree Corners, Georgia.
Roach took the lead heading into the first commercial break with $5,200; Maurer, his closest opponent, had $1,800, while Hobbs slipped into the red with -$1,800.
Roach had only extended his lead at the end of Double Jeopardy!, racking up $19,200 in winnings. Maurer was second, having secured $11,400 after pulling off a tense religion-themed double daily, and Hobbs had $7,400.
However, the American-themed Final Jeopardy would be Roach’s Achilles heel. “Idk,” she wrote after her reply.
Maurer got the answer right and barely took the lead with a final $15,600.
Host Ken Jennings said, “Obviously, for a Georgia native, it’s not that hard.” He added that the questions are assigned randomly. Jennings’ 74-game winning streak in 2004 is unmatched.
Roach Winning Stats: Roach’s cumulative earnings totaled over $560,000 (US), starting in his 24th game.
On Friday, she won the fifth-largest amount of money at a regular Jeopardy! season in history.
“I never expected this to become a 23 Day Jeopardy! champion would be my path to financial security in my twenties,” Roach wrote in a press release after his loss, “but I feel so blessed that things turned out this way.
Roach is the most successful Canadian player on the show.
She answered over 500 clues, an average of about 28 correct answers per game, says “Jeopardy!”
Roach is eligible to qualify for the show’s “Tournament of Champions,” taking on the most successful “Jeopardy!” including 38-game champion Matt Amodio and 40-game winner Amy Schneider.
Personal life and queer representation: Roach lives in Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She works as a tutor and grew up in Halifax, NS.
The danger ! champion says the only reason she might be able to afford a home in Canada’s booming housing market is because of her game show winnings
Some US networks apparently latched onto Roach’s sexual orientation, calling her a “lesbian tutor” on the popular TV show. People online were quick to support Roach, which she says she was grateful for.
Roach says she’s happy to be part of a recent influx of LGBTQ contestants, though she noted the USA Network’s tweets about her were awkward. “I think it’s relevant to my ‘Jeopardy!’ run, not because it has anything to do with my ability to play the game, but because I think it’s part of a bigger story about queer and trans candidates this season.
The list includes Amy Schneider, who had a 40-game winning streak and said in a series of tweets last year that she was proud to be a queer and transgender woman and wanted people to know it, but that fact was only a small part of who she was. Schneider had one of the longest winning streaks in the series.
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