BY HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Former Bend resident Rachel Lindgren made her return to national TV Tuesday for her sixth appearance on Jeopardy!
Lindgren already won more than $75,000 after a five-day winning streak in 2018.
Tuesday, her friends and family came here to the Platypus Pub in bend to watch her compete in the Tournament of Champions.
Lindgren has done this before, so she knows how to prepare.
“Studying a lot – hitting up the kids section in the library because that’s usually the level Jeopardy is at,” Lindgren said.
Before the filming in September, Lindgren studied during the day before she went to work.
Tournament of Champions questions are harder than questions in normal episodes.
“All of us were like wow these questions are hard,” she said. “You know it’s going to be hard but you don’t know how.”
And her hard work paid off.
Lindgren finished in second place in the quarterfinal round and walked away with $13,601.
“Oh it’s so exciting,” said Paul Ponci, a friend who joined in to watch Tuesday night. “I knew she would do well because she’s super smart and has a great personality. She did us all proud.”
Even with a lot on the line, Lindgren said she didn’t focus on the pressure.
“You kind of get into a zone and you forget about everything else,” she said.
Lindgren said the end of the Tournament of Champions would be the end of her Jeopardy! career. She’s thinking about maybe trying to go on a few game shows in the future, but for now she’s taking her knowledge to trivia nights in her area – so watch out Corvallis.
She’s not out of the tournament yet. The top four non-game winners with the highest money totals will advance to the semifinals as wild cards. So keep an eye on the show for the next week.
“It’s been really hard to keep this secret.”