jeopardy teen tournament tiebreaker jeff xie 'Jeopardy' Teen Tournament ends with tiebreaker for $75,000

The 2014 “Jeopardy” Teen Tournament had an unusual ending on Friday (Aug. 1). When the top two players — Jeff Xie and Alan Koolik — finished Final Jeopardy with matching $54,200 scores, a tiebreaker was needed to crown Xie the champion and $75,000 winner.

“Jeopardy” has only rarely needed tiebreakers in its competitions, especially in tournaments where scores are often cumulative. Xie and Koolik had earned their scores over two days, soundly beating third-place finisher Cooper Lair (who took home $31,200).

In a “Jeopardy” tiebreaker, both contestants are given a clue and the first to ring in with the correct question is declared the winner.

“I knew that I had to get the Final Jeopardy clue right, and when Alan also gave the correct answer, my jaw dropped because I knew we were tied,” Xie says in a statement released by the game show. “When the tiebreaker category — The Civil War — was announced, I was excited because history is a strength of mine. When I saw ‘Shiloh,’ I knew the answer, and the rest, quite fittingly, is history.”

The 17-year-old student from New Jersey plans to spend the money on “taxes, travel and college,” and later hopes to become an astronomer who competes on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown