Jonathan Brinton of Salt Lake City had been to the Teton Mountains in Wyoming just last year.
But he drew a blank when a picture of them was flashed on the screen during the National Geography Bee Tuesday.After he was told they were part of the Rocky Mountains south of Yellowstone National Park, he guessed they were the Wasatch Mountains.
"I should have gotten that right," said the Utah Geography Bee champion, shaking his head afterward.
But it was one of very few embarrassing moments for him as he did well - answering six of nine questions in preliminary rounds.
However, that was not quite well enough to advance to the finals on Wednesday. He finished fifth in a subgroup of 12 state champions competing and needed to finish among the top two to advance.
"The questions were definitely harder here than in the state geography bee," said Brinton, 14, an eighth-grader at Bryant Intermediate School. He was sponsored by Glendale Intermediate, however, because his own school had no geography bee - and Brinton was allowed to enter Glendale's and won it.
He answered such questions correctly Tuesday as identifying Amsterdam from a photo, identifying Glasgow as the largest city in Scotland and correctly naming two of four Scandinavian countries.