‘Jeopardy’ champ Holzhauer’s streak comes to an end

I’m a huge fan of “Jeopardy” and have been ever since I was a little kid. It’s a lifelong dream/goal to be on the game show and these past couple months have been extremely exciting to watch as James Holzhauer’s winning streak continued.

Yesterday, even before the episode aired, the internet started buzzing after leaked video footage showed the 32-day champ’s run had finally ended. Imagine how disappointing it was to find out the results before the episode aired, but that’s the age we live in.

Emma Boettcher, a librarian from Chicago (yay!) – effectively beat Holzhauer at his own game, making big daily double and final “Jeopardy” wagers that ultimately paid off.

Holzhauer congratulated Boettcher on Twitter, writing that “There’s no greater honor than knowing an opponent had to play a perfect game to defeat me.”

Boettcher has been a lifelong fan of the show herself and even wrote a paper for her MLIS degree entitled “Predicting the Difficulty of Trivia Questions Using Text Features,” which relied on Jeopardy clues.

She also auditioned four times for the show before finally getting selected this go around.

“I knew going in that I’d have to play someone that had won at least one game,” Boettcher said. “So I just tried to put myself in the mindset that whether his win streak was one game or 32, I still have to go out there and put all these years of love for the show and trivia to good use,” she told The Philadelphia Enquirer.

At the time of taping, none of Holzhauer’s episodes had aired, so Boettcher had no idea what she was up against.

“I hadn’t seen his win streak, because his games started airing in early April. So I had never seen him play. I was also taping in the first show filmed of the day. … At some point in the green room before the show, they introduced us to James, and he’s won 32 games and he’s won so much money, and that was the first time I’d heard of that,” she said.

Earlier in the competition, Holzhauer had credited libraries with helping him obtain the knowledge he needed to succeed on the show, so it’s only fitting that a librarian knocked him out of the competition.

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