Berkeley 20-year old advances to Jeopardy! quarterfinals

Anyone who watched Berkeley native Matt Olson on Jeopardy’s College Championship Tuesday night was amazed at the 20-year old’s performance. He raked up $40,000 in winnings (Jeopardy! dollars, unfortunately) answering questions ranging from fashion design to literature to what looked like a very difficult math problem.

Olson, shown above in an interview with KGO, now moves on to the quarterfinals. The winner of the College Championship will take home $100,000 (real dollars). Jeopardy! airs weeknights at 7 pm on KGO Channel 7.

Twitter went wild as Olson started to rake up the points.

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