Teen ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Wins with Awesome Final Answer

by | February 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM | Jeopardy, The Today Show

High-school kid Leonard Cooper of Little Rock, Arkansas rocked “Jeopardy’s” Teen Tournament this week by winning $75,000 — and thousands of impressed fans — with his awesomely brazen final answer.

Just before the final round, the 17 year old pulled off a gutsy gamble by wagering $18,000 of his $18,200 prize money on a Daily Double that paid off and took him into Final Jeopardy with $37,000.

From there, with the final category “Military Men,” the teen contestants were given this clue: “On June 6, 1944, he said ‘The eyes of the world are upon you.’”

Laid-back Leonard did not know the correct response — but that didn’t stop him from making the ballsy prediction that he’d win anyway and declared himself the winner by writing:

“Who is some guy in Normandy. But I just won $75,000!”

In what has to become one of “Jeopardy’s” most memorable replies ever, Leonard shocked his fellow contestants, wowed the audience and even got laughs out of host Alex Trebek, who exclaimed, “You did indeed! Way to go!”

Watch the Hilarious Moment in the Clip Above.

There’s no point in going into math and odds now, but suffice to say Leonard couldn’t have known for sure that he would win (fellow contestant Nilai would have had a shot had he made a significant wager and gotten it right) and could have ended up with egg on his face. But playing it cool worked out in Leonard’s favor in the end, and now he looks like a rock star.

P.S. The correct answer was Dwight D. Eisenhower.