“Jeopardy!” juggernaut Amy Schneider is at it once more, this time taking dwelling 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 match’s $250,000 grand prize.
In the course of the sixth sport’s Closing Jeopardy, Schneider guess $13,000 and submitted the proper response to come back out on prime with $28,600, beating fellow Season 38 competitor He’s last complete of $17,001.
In an announcement to Individuals journal, Schneider mentioned 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 mentioned.
Schneider’s Tournament of Champions victory comes a yr after she made her “Jeopardy!” debut on Nov. 17, 2021. Along 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.
Throughout her spectacular run, Schneider gained essentially the most video games of any girl 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 may need been lower quick, however she advised The Occasions 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 mentioned.
“I hope it makes it seem possible. … A place that women belong is on that champion’s podium.”