Kati Knudsen, a pediatric physical therapist from Tigard, Oregon, was a contestant on season 1 of the U.S. version of the show on July 27 & 30, 2000. She walked away with $32,000 after she incorrectly answreed on her $500,000 question.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put the following fashion models in order of their birth, starting with the most recent.
• A: Christie Brinkley • B: Kathy Ireland
• C: Lauren Hutton • D: Tyra Banks

From the 9 remaining contestants, 4 got it right, but Kati (with a time of 3.98 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer D-B-A-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Kati's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
A very tight budget is often described as what?
• A: Paper clip • B: Shoestring
• C: Rubber band • D: Allowance from Dad

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What two continents make up Eurasia?
• A: Europe and Africa • B: North America and Asia
• C: Europe and Asia • D: Fresno and Sheboygan

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
By definition, what part of a convertible car can be removed?
• A: Top • B: Seats
• C: Steering wheels • D: Tonsils

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
The breakfast roll known as a croissant is traditionally what shape?
• A: Square • B: Crescent
• C: Star • D: Oblong

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
By what popular nickname were FBI agents known in the 1930s?
'Ask the Audience' lifeline used
• A: G-men • B: Federales
• C: Nessmen • D: Hooverites
Ask the Audience Results: A: 68% • B: 11% • C: 13% • D: 8%

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these musical instruments is designed to be shaken in order to produce a sound?
• A: Bongos • B: Castanets
• C: Maracas • D: Piccolos

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is a budgie?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Love seat • B: Scooter
• C: Rodent • D: Bird

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of Xena's female sidekick on the TV series, "Xena: Warrior Princess?"
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Gabrielle • B: Callisto
• C: Iolaus • D: Lucy
Kati did not know, so she decided to call her friend Heather, who was absolutely positive it was Gabrielle. She decided to go with her and won $8,0000.

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
The Great Victoria Desert is located in the southern part of what country?
• A: Egypt • B: Australia
• C: Lebanon • D: India

$32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
What John Travolta film was adapted from a published novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard?
• A: The General's Daughter • B: A Civil Action
• C: Battlefield Earth • D: Phenomenon

$64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which letter is used more often than ny other in the written English language?
• A: A • B: T
• C: S • D: E
The klaxon called time and Kati would return on $64,000 with no lifelines available.

$125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
According to folklore, the Flying Dutchman is what kind of ghost?
• A: Pirate • B: Ship
• C: Treasure • D: King

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
The 18th, 19th and 20th U.S. presidents all hailed from what state?
• A: Ohio • B: Illinois
• C: Virginia • D: New York

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the most recent member of the United Nations?
• A: Andorra • B: Czech Republic
• C: Tonga • D: Palau
She was originally going to go for Tonga, but she second-guessed herself and went with Palau instead, which ultimately cost her $218,000.


  • Kati had almost 40 minutes of screen-time, the most any contestant has ever had in one single run.
  • According to Regis Philbin, Kati spent 53 minutes deliberating on the $500,000 question she eventually missed. The segment was obviously edited down for the show's broadcast.


Preceded by
Michael Brand
U.S. Contestant (Season 1)
Kati Knudsen
Succeeded by
Ed Witowski