‘Jeopardy!’: The One ‘Cliché’ Topic a Contestant This Week Was Hoping to Avoid

by Emily Morgan

One of this week’s contestants on “Jeopardy!” has opened up about the one category that frightened her the most: sports.

However, Jen Jazwinski, who has worked at the Algonquin Area Public Library for nearly a decade, couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of the long-running quiz show. She called her appearance on the show “a lifelong dream come true.”

Although she’s delighted about the “Jeopardy!” opportunity, she admitted that she was gunning to stay away from one dreaded category. “Sports,” she said. “I hate to be the cliché, but I was really hoping for no sports.”

Her episode will see her face off against Nikole Villanueva from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ellen Mckeeman from Newport, Oregon. While viewers don’t know yet if her wish came true to avoid all things athletically related, one thing is sure: this is a dream come true for Jazwinski.

“I’ve watched the show with my family since I was a kid, and I’ve been taking the online test for years,” she added. “I’ve actually auditioned twice before.” The show taped her episode with guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta on March 31.

Jazwinski also said she found out she would be a contestant on the show less than a month before her appearance. For Jazwinski, she prepared by reading “The Jeopardy! Book.” She also said she had her husband give her geography quizzes when they went on their daily walks. Her co-workers also said they were anything but surprised when she told them she got picked to be on the show.

“Jen is my brilliant friend,” said librarian Kimberly Damitz. “Whenever I want to know anything, I turn around and say ‘Hey Jen,’ and I ask her my question, and she is right about 98 percent of the time.”

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Sets Sights on Another Game Show

Jazwinski also said even though she “felt so lucky to be there,” there was one negative aspect to taping the show: a lack of a studio audience. “Because of COVID, there was no studio audience,” she said about her experience. “So I wasn’t able to share it with my husband and my parents, which was really hard for everybody.”

However, Jazwinski still considers it the “experience of a lifetime.” Now that Jazwinski’s dream of a “Jeopardy!” experience has been fulfilled, she’s now set her sights on appearing on another popular game show. “We’ve been watching ‘The Chase,'” she said. “Maybe I’ll try for that.”

Speaking of “Jeopardy!” one of the recent episodes has left viewers stunned. One clue had some fans confused, not because they couldn’t figure out the answer, but because many knew the answer almost immediately. “In 2019 this public university attempted to trademark the word “the” for use on clothing and hats,” the clue stated.

The correct answer, which all three contestants got right, is “The” Ohio State University. The show’s champ at the time, Courtney Shah, a community college instructor from Portland, Ore., used the correct answer to add $4,000 to her seven-day total winnings of $118,558.