Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Winter Olympic Sports) for Thursday, October 7, 2021 (Season 38, Game 19):
The official Olympic website says this event “has its roots in survival skills” practiced in the snowy forests of Scandinavia
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Maddie Williams, a Ph.D candidate originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts
|Tyler Seiple, a voice and speech teacher originally from Columbus, Ohio
|Matt Amodio, a Ph.D student from New Haven, Connecticut (36-day total: $1,417,401)
Andy’s Pregame Thoughts: The prediction model has reached a point where, based on Matt’s previous performance, that he is somewhere between 93 and 96% to win, depending on the day of the week. We’re at the point where it would definitely take at least one, if not more, unlucky breaks for Matt to lose. But, that variability is baked into the Jeopardy! format (that’s one of the reasons why the format has survived with only minor tweaks since the 1960s.) One thing I think is for certain, though: when the loss does happen, it will be very difficult to avoid spoilers.
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Correct response: What is biathlon?
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Biathlon is a winter sport that is a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting; it originated in Norway, where hunters often shot rifles while on skis. A competition known as Forvarsrennet was organized by the Norwegian military in 1912 and is seen today as the first modern biathlon competition. An event known as “military patrol”, a form that also included ski mountaineering, appeared at the 1924 Winter Olympics; the modern cross country skiing-rifle shooting biathlon first appeared at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Missing shots in the shooting part of the race incurs a penalty—depending on the event, either via a time add-on penalty or having to ski laps of a “penalty loop”.
Interestingly, biathlon and the Summer Olympics’ modern pentathlon had the same governing body—the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne et Biathlon (UIPMB) until the 1990s, when the International Biathlon Union (IBU) was created
Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!
Scores going into Final:
Maddie -$1,000 (By rule, did not participate in Final Jeopardy)
Tyler $6,600 – $6,600 = $0 (What is biathalon?)
Matt $41,400 + $9,000 = $50,400 (What is biathlon?) (37-day total: $1,467,801)
Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Opening break taken after: 15 clues
Daily Double locations:
1) COMPOUND WORDS $1000 (clue #4)
Matt 1000 +1000 (Tyler 0 Maddie -1000)
2) SAY IT IN LATIN $800 (clue #18)
Matt 29000 +5000 (Tyler 6200 Maddie -1800)
3) WE DID START THE FIRE $800 (clue #21, $6000 left on board)
Matt 35200 +3000 (Tyler 6200 Maddie -1000)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 126
J! Round: None!
DJ! Round: None!
Total Left On Board: $0
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 0 (0.00 per episode average), 0 Daily Doubles
Matt $35,000 Coryat, 37 correct, 4 incorrect, 66.67% in first on buzzer (38/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 2 rebound opportunities)
Maddie -$1,000 Coryat, 6 correct, 4 incorrect, 10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57), 2/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
Tyler $6,600 Coryat, 10 correct, 0 incorrect, 17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57), 0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $40,600
Lach Trash: $6,800 (on 7 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $6,600
Matt Amodio, career statistics:
1241 correct, 116 incorrect
54/62 on rebound attempts (on 122 rebound opportunities)
56.04% in first on buzzer (1174/2095)
73/83 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $294,200)
28/37 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $28,108
Tyler Seiple, career statistics:
10 correct, 1 incorrect
0/0 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
17.54% in first on buzzer (10/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/1 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $6,600
Maddie Williams, career statistics:
6 correct, 4 incorrect
2/4 on rebound attempts (on 4 rebound opportunities)
10.53% in first on buzzer (6/57)
0/0 on Daily Doubles
0/0 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: -$1,000
Matt Amodio, to win:
38 games: 93.597%
Avg. streak: 53.393 games.
- I disagree with the judges’ decision to neg “biathalon”; in many vocalizations, going from an “th” to an “l” gives a vocalized “schwa” sound; Tyler was simply transcribing that. It comes as no surprise to me that Mike Richards, who likely would have had a chance to correct this in his second-to-last game as executive producer, fails to realize that. He never quite grasped other pronunciations (like Barrygate) as Executive Producer and I’m glad tomorrow is his final show.
- $50,400 is tied for the 52nd-best one-day total of all time on the show.
- $35,000 is tied for the 23rd-best Coryat score of all time on the show.
- Today was the first game since Matt’s 27th game on September 23 where he did not run a category.
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