So, with his fifth win yesterday, Andrew Pau looks like he is a lock to make the Tournament of Champions. Who else might join him? Check out our Tournament of Champions Tracker!
|Michael Koh, a supervisory analyst from Irvine, CA
||Amy Hart, a latent print examiner from Chicago, IL
||Andrew Pau, an assistant professor from Amherst, OH (5-day champion: $136,201)
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: 19TH CENTURY BRITS
Final Jeopardy! clue: In May 1810 during one of his more famous exploits, he employed the breaststroke
Who is Lord Byron? (Amy went for Cook.)
Amy 9400 – 9150 = 250
Michael 17000 + 3000 = 20000
Andrew 17200 + 16801 = 34001 (6-day total: $170,202)
I’ll post Andrew’s statistics through 6 games in a comment.
But in his native stream, the Guadalquivir,
Juan to lave his youthful limbs was wont;
And having learnt to swim in that sweet river,
Had often turn’d the art to some account:
A better swimmer you could scarce see ever,
He could, perhaps, have pass’d the Hellespont,
As once (a feat on which ourselves we prided)
Leander, Mr. Ekenhead, and I did.
On this day [May 3, 1810], George Gordon, Lord Byron, swims across the Hellespont, a tumultuous strait in Turkey now called the Dardanelles. Legendary Greek hero Leander supposedly swam the same four-mile stretch. Byron’s visits to Greece later made him a passionate supporter of Greek independence from Turkey.
The 22-year-old Byron was taking an extended tour of the European continent when he decided to take his famous swim. His travels inspired his first widely read poetic work, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. After the publication of the poem’s first canto in 1809, Byron became a major British celebrity. The world-weary tone of the poems, describing the travels of a young noble waiting to be knighted, caught the imagination of the public and established the cynical Byronic hero.
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