‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Loses After 3-Day Run, Here’s What She’s Happy to Proudly Say After Appearing on Show

by Madison Miller

While no one can seem to get anywhere near the 74-game streak Ken Jennings left in “Jeopardy!” history, other contestants have gotten to reappear on the show a couple of times.

Sandy Olive just finished up her three-day streak on the popular trivia show.

Olive is an English teacher at Lindbergh High School. After having a stellar couple of shows, she lost to Arman Ramnath, a law student from Ohio.

Although fans were hoping she could make it into a fourth episode and start another Jennings or James Holzhauer streak, Olive just, unfortunately, couldn’t pull through.

Despite losing during her third appearance, Olive has plenty of winnings to show for. She has a total of $54,200. She only earned $2,000 during her very last appearance on the show. This means she was able to absolutely dominate during her first two episodes.

She told St. Louis Post-Dispatch that “I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had. It was a blast, the time of my life.”

Similar to many other contestants, it all started out with a series of online tests she took. She actually recorded the episodes back in March at the “Jeopardy!” studio in Los Angeles. For a huge fan of the show, Olive got to live out a dream. Win or lose, nothing can replicate the feeling of getting to compete in the first place.

She also told the outlet that she once used to say, “I should be on ‘Jeopardy! … Now, I can say that I was on ‘Jeopardy!'”

“Jeopardy!” gets thousands and thousands of people auditioning to be on the show each year. However, there’s plenty of people that don’t audition for the fear that they would never stand a chance to get to the studio stage.

It’s certainly not an easy process, but it can be done. You have to go through an online test, in-person interviews, and then hope for the call to get to California. The hardest part in general is being selected after qualifying from the online test. That’s just pure luck at that point.

Questions About Mark Twain Stumps ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant

As stated before, Sandy Olive is a high school English teacher.

Unfortunately, her time at “Jeopardy!” came to an end after she failed to know a very English-teacher-oriented question.

She had quite the lead heading into the Final Jeopardy round where she had to conquer the category of “American Authors.” The final clue was “‘Camelot’, ‘The Pilgrims’ and ‘A Postscript by Clarence’ are chapters in a classic novel by this author.”

Instead of answering Mark Twain, she said, “Who is Nathaniel Hawthorne?” Not only is Mark Twain an author and someone an English teacher would be familiar with, but he is also from Missouri. Olive had a hometown advantage.

It quickly ended her two-day streak and terminated her time on “Jeopardy!”

She may never hear the end of it when she returns to her high school.