BK Blog Post
Posted by Ken Jennings.
Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a senior partner at VentureWorks and a managing partner at Third River Partners, a consultancy that specializes in leadership development and strategy execution.
Way back in 2014, when gay marriage was illegal in half the country, True Detective and the iPhone 6 were brand new, and Donald Trump was still just a reality TV punchline, my friend Paul Bailey asked if I might want to represent my country in the first “Quiz Olympiad,” an international quizzing championship scheduled for the end of 2016.
Sure! I said. I’ve always wanted to be an Olympian, and my best pole vaulting years are probably behind me.
Fast-forward to 2016 and IT’S ALL HAPPENING! Teams from four continents are headed to Athens, Greece in less than a month to compete in the International Quizzing Association’s very first “Quiz Olympiad.” Joining me on Team USA are some of the best American quizzers I know, including some you might recognize from their big wins on Jeopardy! (Shane Whitlock) or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Ed Toutant).
I’ve only been to one of these European quiz tournaments before, and it was a daunting challenge. But Team USA is ready to answer the call. My shirt even showed up in the mail today!
Paul Bailey notes that you can support America’s nerdiest Olympians by buying yourself a team shirt, one just like mine except it doesn’t smell like the Costco hummus I spilled on mine earlier. More details here; orders for the next run of shirts are due this week.
In November, the Quiz Olympiad website will have updates on how we’re doing against the Brits and Belgians and the other titans of international quizzing, the ‘roided-up East German swimmers of this particular Olympics. A nation’s eyes will be upon us. We won’t let you down.