August 22, 2014

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Olmsted Falls man gets off to slow start on ‘Jeopardy’

OLMSTED FALLS — Answer: This character, said to represent Shakespeare’s philosophy, has a name that means “fortunate” in Latin.

Coury

Question: Who is Jim Coury?

That is correct.

(Well, technically, the question is “Who is Prospero,” but the other contestants on the Jeopardy College Tournament on Tuesday night, might disagree.)

Coury, a sophomore at Georgetown University from Olmsted Falls, had a frustrating start, seeming to know the questions, but not beating the other contestants with the buzzer.

At the first commercial break, he was in a dead heat with contestants Kristen Jolley from Georgia Tech and Daniel Donohue from Northwestern University with only $200 separating each of them.

By the second commercial break, the gap was larger, but Coury was still holding strong in second place.

Physiology, 4-Letter Crossword Clues, Peopleses and U.S. Volcanoes were just a few of the categories in Double Jeopardy.

Coury did not hit any of the Daily Doubles, but when Alex Trebek broke away just before Final Jeopardy, he was just $600 behind first place, and the category was Characters in Shakespeare.

His father, Michael Coury, who watched the show at home with his wife, Diane; Jim’s twin brother, Mike; and about 12 of his sons’ closest high school friends, said even though they were in Los Angeles for the taping, viewing the show on television brought back all of that initial nervousness.

“He knew going in that he was facing good competition,” Michael Coury said. “He knew a lot of it was going to come down to buzzer speed.”

He also knew that it would come down to betting, so Coury spent extra time before the show studying up, his father said.

“He studied the scores of the previous Jeopardy contestants,” Michael Coury said. “He really played the game strategically. He had a good idea of where he wanted to be at the end of the round. He wanted to make sure he had enough points to advance.”

And advance he did.

Coury ended the show with $20,001, topping Jolley by $2,001 and Daniel by $6,001. He will appear in the semi-final round May 15.

The College Tournament ends with a two-day final May 16 and 17.

Contact Christina Jolliffe at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.