The teenagers narrowly beat Germany by first identifying Bahrain from a series of clues about a small oil-producing nation’s land mass and economy and then naming Crete as the island where oranges, grapes and olives are grown and is associated with the worship of Zeus. France finished third.
“It’s kind of nerve wracking,” said U.S. team member John Rice, who is home schooled by his mother at his family’s Maddock, N.D., wheat farm. “We took it one question at a time.”
Teams from 19 countries participated.