Amy Schneider Breaks Jeopardy Records


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Amy Schneider is breaking records and barriers during a dominant Jeopardy! run.

Josephine Yokim, Staff Writer

Jeopardy! contestant Amy Schneider is breaking records and setting new ones and, in the process, redefining how the world thinks of the trivia game.

Amy Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, had won for 36 consecutive days as of January 19th. On January 7th, Schneider passed the $1 million mark with a $42,200 game. This milestone made her the fourth person and the first woman to ever win $1 million in earnings during the regular season.

Playing her first game on November 17, 2021, Schneider has since earned an astounding $1,181,800, a feat that only three others have accomplished during the regular season – Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Matt Amodio.

“This is something I’ve wanted since I can remember,” said Schneider in a post-show interview shared by Jeopardy!. “I think that being in the history of the game, I think, is something – you know the money doesn’t feel real yet – but that is something that I just will never not be proud of.”

Schneider’s accuracy is one of the main reasons behind her success. As stated by Ken Jennings, who is currently hosting Jeopardy!, Schneider has 95% question-answering accuracy. This ability usually creates a run-away game, with her being unreachable by the other contestants. Even if the games are too close for comfort, Schneider is outstanding in Final Jeopardy!.

Schneider also credited her winning to her buzzer timing, having mentioned finding a good rhythm and being in the zone many times in her post-game Twitter threads. Most recently, Schneider thanked her mom for inspiring her love of learning beyond just knowing basic facts.

Schneider’s streak means something greater than just days won and money earned, as she represents both women and the transgender community. She is the longest-running and highest-earning woman to ever play Jeopardy! and also the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

“I do think this is the representation that is needed,” said Schneider in an interview with The Daily Beast. “Trans people just doing stuff, not coming out, not suffering, just doing stuff. That is something that I would love to see more of.”

As Schneider looks to further her win streak, she will certainly continue to inspire countless people along the way.