Eddie Timanus is the world's only blind 5-time Jeopardy
champion. He was born in Kansas
and grew up in Northern Virginia
. He attended South Lakes High School
in Reston, VA
and graduated to attend Wake Forest University
in North Carolina
. He had long dreamed of becoming involved in the world of sports, it being his one true passion. Eddie began working for USA Today
as a sportswriter. He is one of the nation's premier experts on college football
. Eddie is as talented at playing games as writing about them. He is quite skilled at poker
and countless card games
. However, Eddie's claim to fame is his skill at another game: Jeopardy!
Eddie was one of the most popular contestants in Jeopardy!'s history. The only concession to his disability was a small card with the Jeopardy categories printed on them in Braille. He easily won his first five games and earned a spot in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. There, Eddie won his first match and lost by the narrowest of margins in his second. Eddie also made a brief appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? as a lifeline for his friend. With Eddie's help, his friend won $125,000.
Eddie's condition has been a great obstacle for him to overcome. Eddie has not only triumphed, however, he has excelled at everything he has set his very formidable mind to. He is a truly remarkable person.