Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Tuesday, December 20, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: 2016 U.S. OLYMPIANS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: 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
(correct response beneath the contestants)
During her run so far, Cindy Stowell has won $80,002. She had pledged to donate all of her winnings to cancer research. Unfortunately, Cindy passed away on December 5; she had competed on the show with stage IV cancer. Her friends and family will also appreciate donations on her behalf to the Cancer Research Institute. Many fans are watching the show and electing to donate $1 for each correct response they give while playing at home, an idea come up with by Chelsea Cohen, one of last Thursday’s challengers!
Also, another thing I’ve seen since Cindy’s run started, as I’ve seen a few people disappointed that Jeopardy! did not move up her airing so that Cindy herself might be able to watch: After her audition, Cindy’s taping was fast-tracked so that it would happen as soon as was possible. Because the show has returning champions, the show is obviously obligated to air episodes in the order that they were taped. This week of shows was literally the earliest that Cindy’s airdates could be. Finally, do rest assured that further proving how amazing the show’s production staff is: They ensured that an advance copy of Cindy’s episodes were sent to her. Cindy was able to see her episodes before her passing.
|Colleen Cooper, a writer from Van Nuys, California
||Julia Kite, a policy & research director from New York, New York
||Cindy Stowell, a science content developer from Austin, Texas (5-day total: $80,002)
What is Maryland?
The aforementioned man and woman in the clue were Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, who combined for 9 golds between them. Other individual Maryland golds include wrestling’s Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder, and athletics’ Matthew Centrowitz, who was the first American to win the men’s 1500 meters since 1908 in what was widely considered a hugely tactical race and certainly not one of speed. (Maybe that’s what the Cubs were waiting for!)
And of course, I now have Maryland’s state song as an earworm in my head. Who remembers that Final Jeopardy from last May?
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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