It's akin to the last stretch of a Triple Crown race, the final seconds of NCAA finals or a full count in the bottom of the ninth at the World Series.
When just two spellers remain, the Scripps Spelling Bee is one of the most compelling moments in modern day sports.
It's also one of the most humbling.
There was a time when you were probably clutch at the three-point line or could run a four-minute mile.
But seriously, when was the last time you used "succedaneum" or "pococurante" in a conversation, even with your brainest of buddies?
Succedaneum (a substitute drug) and pococurante (a careless person) are two of the words children had to know to become Scripps Spelling Bee champions. Take a moment and test your knowledge to see how you would do spelling other Spelling Bee-winning words: