Danger! champion Mattea Roach reflects on winning streak

Mattea Roach always had her record-breaking reign at the Danger! podium would end.

The Canadian all-time champion said her success on the show was as much about luck as it was trivial prowess.

“I just felt, why should I be mad about this?” she said in a phone interview before the episode ending its run aired Friday.

“Of course I would rather have won. But in the end I would always lose, and most people lose their first game. I’m lucky to have won 23.”

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She’s also had months to come to terms with the loss, as the episode was filmed on February 15.

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“Every possible angle I could have parsed my last game from, I feel like I did in the week after I recorded it.”

Roach came to the conclusion that things could have turned out differently if she had adjusted her strategy, but she chooses not to dwell on it. She was lucky “so much more often” than unlucky, she said.

And after weeks of media attention on both sides of the border, she’s ready to catch her breath — something that’s gotten easier, given her $560,983 in profits. It is the fifth biggest catch of all participants in Danger!’s normal season.

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The tutor will become a law student in the fall. She got her first acceptance while taping the show and has yet to decide where to sign up, but until then she plans to take it easy.

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“Maybe I won’t work more than part-time between now and then,” Roach said. “And I’m just going to enjoy one last summer of freedom.”

“There are so many things I haven’t done in my life because I’m relatively young,” she said. “I haven’t traveled in a long time. I have money now, I think. I can go places if I want to.”

She also looks forward to thinking about things other than TV and trivia.

“Before Danger! I was in a place in my life where there wasn’t really any forward movement,” she said. “And now I feel that, for reasons both related and unrelated to… Danger!that is no longer true.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2022.

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