Whitby Jeopardy Queen encouraging others to “take the test” after Tournament Champions winner declared


Published March 21, 2024 at 6:56 pm

Juveria Zaheer, Ken Jennings
Jeapordy host Keen Jennings with Whitby Jeapordy queen Juveria Zaheer

The road to Jeopardy glory ended in the quarter-finals on the last day of February for Whitby’s Juveria Zaheer, but the mental health psychiatrist has no regrets and was full of praise for Tournament of Champions winner Yogesh Raut, who captured the title Tuesday over Ben Chan and Troy Meyer.

“A huge congrats to my brilliant friend Yogesh Raut, whose love of knowledge and connection inspires me every day, and to Ben, the Final Jeopardy king, and the astonishing Troy Meyer – the man, the myth, the legend,” Zaheer enthused.

Raut, who is from Portland suburb Vancouver, Washington, became the first player to notch three victories in the finals on Tuesday when he topped six-game champion Meyer and nine-game champion Ben Chan in a come-from-behind win in Final Jeopardy.

Tournament of Champions winner Yogesh Raut

Zaheer said her Jeopardy adventure is a lesson for anyone wanting to give it a try to go for it.

“Although my journey didn’t end the way I hoped, getting to share play the game with two dear friends and share a stage with 26 legends, the coolest alternate, and the best production team in the business was the greatest ever, said Zaheer, who was gracious in defeat when she was eliminated February 29. “With Jeopardy Day coming up on March 30, I encourage everyone who has ever dreamed of being on the Alex Trebek Stage to take the test! I did mine standing at the kitchen counter while making dinner, and never expected any of this. You belong up there too – show us what you can do!”

Whitby’s Jeopardy queen saw her reign end three weeks ago with a trick question on Final Jeopardy dashing her Cinderella dreams of reaching the finals.

Juveria Zaheer, a psychiatrist and researcher with CAMH and the University of Toronto, who won the Wildcard tournament Feb. 2 to book her ticket to the championship, has been called a “comeback contest sensation” by Jeopardy executives and a “stone cold trivia assassin” by her fans and had been a sensation since losing her first time on the show last May to eight-time winner Hannah Wilson.

She returned to the contest with a record-breaking haul in a Second Chance tournament – she earned $52,100 in just one match, the first Canadian to do so – and then won the Wildcard tournament to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

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