“Jeopardy!” juggernaut Amy Schneider is at it once more, this time taking house the grand prize at this yr’s Tournament of Champions.
On Monday, the Oakland-based trivia grasp (and former software program engineering supervisor) bested fellow contestants Sam Buttery and Andrew He to win the event’s $250,000 grand prize.
During the sixth recreation’s Final Jeopardy, Schneider wager $13,000 and submitted the right response to come back out on prime with $28,600, beating fellow Season 38 competitor He’s closing whole of $17,001.
In a press release to People journal, Schneider stated her win felt “amazing.”
“Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like, ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions finals,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling,” she stated.
Schneider’s Tournament of Champions victory comes a yr after she made her “Jeopardy!” debut on Nov. 17, 2021. With her first episode, she dethroned He and broke his five-day successful streak. After that, Schneider simply saved successful — and making “Jeopardy!” historical past whereas doing so.
During her spectacular run, Schneider gained essentially the most video games of any lady or transgender contestant within the present’s lengthy historical past. “Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings holds the report for many consecutive victories for any participant along with his 74-win streak in 2004.
Schneider’s streak got here to an finish on Jan. 26, 2022, when she misplaced to Chicago librarian Rhone Talsma.
Schneider’s time might need been lower brief, however she informed The Times in January that it wasn’t for naught.
“Specifically around the previous trans contestants that have been on — that meant a lot to me to see them and be able to envision myself where they were,” Schneider stated.
“I hope it makes it seem possible. … A place that women belong is on that champion’s podium.”