UPDATE: This article was updated on Wednesday, July 6, with news that Charlotte resident Jake Marvin finished third on Tuesday’s show.
A 23-year-old Charlotte resident called his appearance on “Jeopardy!” on Tuesday night “a great experience” despite his third-place finish.
“I was glad I had the chance to do it,” Jake Marvin told The Charlotte Observer earlier Tuesday.
Marvin, a banking analyst with JPMorgan Chase’s SouthPark office, said he flew to Los Angeles two months ago to tape the segment at Sony Pictures.
His appearance followed a series of online tests and interviews that whittled the field to 20 hopefuls and then fewer, he said.
He’s from St. Paul, Minnesota, and moved to Charlotte two years ago to join JP Morgan, he said.
Marvin studied finance and economics at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated a semester early in December 2020, he said.
He knew people who’d moved to Texas and the Carolinas. Charlotte appealed to him as a top U.S. banking and financial center and because it’s warm year-round.
He’s a golfer and loves exploring the outdoors, especially the N.C. mountains, he said.
Marvin lives in South End, where he said “a lot of smart young people” from all over the country have gravitated.
Getting on ‘Jeopardy!’
Marvin credits a curiosity about things in general that ultimately landed him on the show.
Lots of people study and study possible questions for years to try to get on the show, but Marvin said he wasn’t among them.
He was like any other kid, he said, watching “Jeopardy!” as a boy because his parents always did.
He competed in Quiz Bowls in high school, is about all, Marvin said.
Still, “I scared my college roommates” with how quickly he answered questions when they watched “Jeopardy!, he said.
He figured out a key to beating the competition to the buzzer: Read the question silently before the host finishes reading it aloud, he said.
He took home $1,000
Marvin faced Yungsheng Wang, a Los Angeles public defender whose previous one-day winnings totaled $22,800, and Suzy Garver, an elementary school teacher from Eugene, Oregon.
Wang won again Tuesday night, earning an additional $25,001., according to the show’s website.
Marvin took home $1,000, which “Jeopardy!” awards all third-place finishers.
That more than paid for his airfare, he said. What counted in the end, he said, was the grand adventure of appearing on the show.