“Danger!” Icon Amy Schneider is unstoppable. After winning her 32nd consecutive game on Thursday night, she is now tied for third with James Holzahuer in consecutive games won.
Schneider won $32,800 on Thursday night. She was way ahead of her competition for most of the game, especially after finding and correctly answering all three Daily Double questions. She had $28,800 for Final Jeopardy, while her runner-up competitor won just $11,200. A correct answer on “Victor Hugo’s Words” earned her an additional $4,000.
The first transgender “Jeopardy!” contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, Schneider captivated audiences with her gameplay. Since her first contest on November 17, she has won $1,101,600 and is the highest-earning female contestant in “Jeopardy!” history.
But for months she hadn’t reached the records of Holzhauer, Matt Amodio or Ken Jennings, who made the top three for consecutive wins and for total wins in the regular season.
She’s $417,001 away from overtaking Matt Amodio’s third-place finish for highest regular-season game win, and just six games away from matching Ammodio’s 38-game second-place run. But she still has a long way to go before breaking Ken Jennings’ records: $2,520,700 over 74 games.
Oakland resident and technical manager Schneider has been very vocal about her success on the show and the response she receives as a proud transgender woman.
“The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans very often, so when I appeared on national television, I wanted to accurately portray that part of my identity: equally important, but also relatively minor,” she tweeted in November, referring to a transgender pride flag she carried on the show. “But I also didn’t want it to seem like some kind of embarrassing secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until they read about it, I do want people to know that aspect of me. I think being trans is really cool!”
Schneider’s next game will be broadcast on Friday evening. If she wins, she will surpass Holzhauer’s record and take third place in consecutive games won.