This Week’s Contestants – July 23-27, 2018

It’s the last week of Season 34 of Jeopardy! Dave Mattingly (not the NPR host!) of Old Forge Pennsylvania returns as champion after a dominant performance on Friday!

Your Canadian this week is Tara O’Byrne, who plays on Tuesday! Also part of this week’s challengers, Ron Freshour, who won twice on Sports Jeopardy and was the defending champ defeated by Sports Jeopardy! superchamp Vinny Varadarajan!

With another Canadian on the show again this week, it seems like a good idea to remind Canadian Jeopardy! fans that Jeopardy! streams online in Canada!

Are you curious about where this season’s contestants have been coming from? Matt Carberry has been tracking this information by media market this season!

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Dave Mattingly
Old Forge, Pennsylvania
Dave Mattingly on Jeopardy!
Hollie Schmidt
Lexington, Massachusetts
Hollie Schmidt on Jeopardy!
Neel Kotra
Gainesville, Florida
Neel Kotra on Jeopardy!

Beth Schoenbach
Washington, DC
Beth Schoenbach on Jeopardy!
Tara O’Byrne
Ottawa, Ontario
Tara O'Byrne on Jeopardy!
Burt Westermeier
New Haven, Connecticut
Burt Westermeier on Jeopardy!
Ron Freshour
Austin, Texas
Ron Freshour on Jeopardy!

Ian Flynn
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Ian Flynn on Jeopardy!
Rick Terpstra
Havertown, Pennsylvania
Rick Terpstra on Jeopardy!
Karla Nickels
Newcastle, Oklahoma
Karla Nickels on Jeopardy!
Jerry Tsai
Los Angeles, California
Jerry Tsai on Jeopardy!

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1 Comment on "This Week’s Contestants – July 23-27, 2018"

  1. Thanks again for linking to my media market tracking page here each week, Andy! I’ve just put up a companion: a side-by-side comparison of Seasons 33 and 34.

    In terms of Canada, we finish the season just as we started it – with representation from the capital (Chris Fennell appeared in Week 1, and until the Teachers Tournament, he was the only Canadian representative).

    Two new U.S. markets in this final week – Gainesville on Monday, and Oklahoma City on Friday. Florida gets only its third regular contestant of the season, barely pushing it past several states with much smaller populations, while Oklahoma gets a regular-play contestant, meaning it won’t be represented only in special play this season. In Season 33, that was true of one state – I mention it in the page linked above, but here I’ll leave it as trivia for the readers.

    A total of 97 U.S. media markets got at least one player on the show in 2017-18, six more than in 2016-17 – with seventeen fewer places available to auditioning players.

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