We have co-champions for the second year in a row!

Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, correctly spelled "nunatak." He and Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, will share the championship.

Vanya is a five-time competitor and Gokul is a four-time competitor. Both are previous finalists. Vanya's sister was the champion in 2009.

They're on a roll

Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, has correctly spelled: bouquetière, thamakau, tantième, urgrund, myrmotherine, zimocca, hippocrepiform and scacchite since Cole was eliminated.

Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, has correctly spelled: caudillismo, scytale, cypseline, filicite, sprachgefühl, nixtamal, paroemiology and pipsissewa since Cole left the stage.

There are only six words left on the championship list

No nemesis

Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, said he didn't have the same German nemesis as a previous champion, Arvind Mahankali.

"I wasn't plagued by the same problems," he said.

He spelled "sprachgefühl" correctly.