At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, three national teams competed in the finals of the National Geographic World Championship, the culmination of an international geography competition pitting countries against each other in world knowledge.
Legendary Jeopardy host Alex Trebek moderated the hour-long quiz show event that challenged students to identify world locations, languages, animals, and cultural artifacts.
Alex Trebek tests the contestants' knowledge of world geography Wednesday at the National Geographic Championship.
Trebek was using crutches at the event because, as he explained in typical Jeopardy question-and-answer form, he had fallen down while chasing a burglar who'd stolen things from his hotel room in San Francisco.
The Russian team celebrates their victory in the National Geographic Championship Wednesday at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The team had a magnificent sixth and final round, scoring six points to win the competition. It was Russia's first victory in the contest's history.