Minneapolis meteorologist Eric Ahasik calls his “Danger!” His $30,200 win on Thursday continues a hot streak, boosting his four-day total to $105,801.
With a nod to Ahasik’s cat Tato, host Mayim Bialik gave him an extended introduction: “Our champion Erik Ahsik may consider himself a cat man, but when it comes to hunting deli doubles, he’s a Labrador.” More aligns with the retriever. In his first three games, he tracked eight of the nine available daily doubles and answered six of them correctly. It’s an impressive skill that I’m sure he’ll play more in today’s game. Hoping to get better.”
And, well, he did just that. Too bad for his competitors, too bad for a middle school teacher from Washington, D.C., and an attorney from Randolph, NJ.
Ahasik found the daily double of the first round on his third turn and correctly answered an answer about the Phoenician. He made it a true daily double for $2,800 and took an early lead which he held throughout the game.
With each of their four episodes this week – “Danger!” Five tapes per day – Ahistor becomes increasingly comfortable on camera and displays a series of facial expressions while reflecting on his reactions. He has also proved that he has extensive knowledge in various subjects. (“You don’t have to know everything,” he told Pioneer Press in an interview that ran before his first appearance. “You just have to know a little bit about everything.”)
Bialik asked Ahsik if he had always known he wanted to be a meteorologist, and he said, “Like a surprising number of meteorologists, I have an origin story. When I was 6 years old, Illinois Growing up in the U.S., our town was hit by a tornado. From that day on, I’ve been fascinated by the wonder of nature.”
Ahasik wrapped in $8,400 in the first round, followed by his teammates at $3,800 and $3,200.
Nevertheless, Ahasik found and won both the Daily Doubles in the second round. The first, a true Daily Double, saw its total jump to $17,600 when it correctly identified Scotland as the home of the Cora Lynn waterfall, which is part of the Falls of Clyde. He took a more conservative approach with another, betting $5,000 for his right question about the composer Gustav Holst.
When the final crisis! Rolled around, Ahashik was sitting pretty with $32,600, more than double the competition combined at $10,400 and $5,800. The theme was Children’s Literature: “First published in French in 1943, this book has been called the most translated non-religious work, having been translated into more than 300 languages.” While Ahsik was one of only three who responded incorrectly with “Goodnight Moon” instead of “The Little Prince”, he only lost a small bet of $2,400.
A meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Chanhasen office, the 32-year-old said ahistorically “Danger!” are fans of. Since he was a teenager and finally landed on the show after applying annually for 15 years. Their fifth episode airs on Kare-TV on Fridays at 4:30 pm.