“Peril!” Amy Schneider icon cannot be stopped. After winning her 32nd consecutive game on Thursday night, she is now tied for third place with James Holzahuer in the number of consecutive games won.
Schneider picked up the win with $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, with her second contestant at just $11,200. A correct answer on “The Words of Victor Hugo” earned him an additional $4,000.
The first transgender “Jeopardy!” competing to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, Schneider captivated audiences with her gameplay. Since her first match on November 17, she has earned $1,101,600 and is the highest-earning female contestant on “Jeopardy!” the story.
But for months, she had yet to reach the records of Holzhauer, Matt Amodio or Ken Jennings, who were the top three for consecutive games won and for total earnings in the regular season.
It is $417,001 a far cry from passing third-place Matt Amodio for the highest regular-season game earnings, and just six games shy of tying Ammodio’s second-straight spot by 38 games. But she still has a long way to go before breaking Ken Jennings’ records: $2,520,700 in 74 games.
An Oakland resident and director of engineering, Schneider has been extremely vocal about her success on the show and the response she receives as a proud, proud transgender woman.
“The thing is, I don’t often think about being trans, and so when I appear on national television, I wanted to accurately represent that part of my identity: as important, but also relatively minor,” said- she tweeted in November. , referencing a transgender pride flag pin she wore on the show. “But I also didn’t want it to feel like it was some kind of shameful secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until I they read about it, I want people to know that side of me. I think being trans is really cool!”
Schneider’s next game will air Friday night. If she wins, she will surpass Holzhauer’s record, taking third place in consecutive match wins.