Meet Mattea Roach, the youngest “Jeopardy!” super champion

“You know what – if I bet a lot and I lose today, like, whatever, I had such a good run,” the bespectacled question genius told current host Ken Jennings in an episode. aired earlier this week. “So let’s try to make, honestly, $8,000. »

Jennings, audibly seduced by Roach’s big bet, read the clue, a definition for which Roach would need to identify the corresponding word: “To gently tease another person.” »

Roach let the clue sink in for less than a second and nodded, the answer on the tip of his tongue.

“Okay, well, I should have bet more,” she said, with a flick of her wrist and a subtle eye roll. “What is ‘coast’? »

And with that nonchalant (and correct) answer, Roach regained his lead and – with a $1 bet – won his 17th game in a row. Since that episode, the 23-year-old Canadian has won 18 matches, making her one of the youngest “super champions” on the show (meaning she’s cracked the top 10 of all times of “Jeopardy!” winning streaks).

Her cumulative earnings now total over $438,000 from her 18th match, and she boasts a 93% accuracy rate in her answers, by “Jeopardy!” » His 19th game will air on Friday.

Roach is also the latest LGBTQ “Jeopardy!” super-champion after Amy Schneider’s triumphant run in the series. Schneider, a trans woman, earned more than $1.3 million during a 40-game winning streak earlier this year, one of the longest streaks in the show’s history.

“It has been such an honor and a pleasure to be part of what has been such an incredible legacy of queer and trans champions,” Roach said in an interview with GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization. “And also just queer and trans contestants really, like, appearing on the show and bringing a lot of flavor, I think, has been really fun for me to watch as a viewer. »

Roach called Schneider a “true inspiration” to her before she began filming her series of “Jeopardy!” episodes and told GLAAD that she hoped the two could face off in a future “Tournament of Champions” edition of the show.

In another first, Roach is also the longest-serving Canadian on the show (after the late host Alex Trebek, of course), according to “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts.

In an interview with Roberts, Roach shared her pregame strategy: repeating “Hail Mary” once the cameras start rolling, a habit she picked up in a Catholic high school.

“I think it definitely can’t hurt — it certainly doesn’t seem to hurt me,” Roach told Roberts.

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