Leonard Cooper thought he had it all wrapped up.
Having just gotten a Daily Double right, in which he wagered $18,000, on the second night of the ‘Teen Jeopardy’ tournament, Leonard had stockpiled a handsome total of $37,000 heading into ‘Final Jeopardy.”
Host Alec Trebek called the Daily Double wager “gutsy.”
His sum was well above his opponents’ totals for the day of $14,400 and $9,000, so when he didn’t know the question to the answer “On June 6, 1944 he said, ‘The eyes of the world are upon you,’” he wasn’t too worried and wrote a comical response.
“Some guy in Normandy But I just won $75,000!”
Heading into “Final Jeopardy” with the lead, Leonard gave his response last, and as it turns out, he was right. His two-day total of $40,000 was higher than the other two players’, so Leonard took home the top prize of $75,000.
But he only won because Nilai Sarda, who had $19,000 heading into Day 2, didn’t know the answer either. He wrote down FDR (the correct answer was Dwight D. Eisenhower). Had Nilai gotten it right, his total for the two days would have surpassed Leonard’s total, likely causing an uncomfortable situation for Leonard when the totals were revealed.
But for Leonard, all is well that ends well, and he walked away with the teen tournament’s top prize.
To see some highlights of Leonard on Teen Jeopardy, visit http://youtu.be/WvU_uJkOHH0 or click the video below.
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