Last night, Amy Schneider broke yet another record and entered the double-digits realm as a 10-day “Jeopardy!” champion.
With her $380,200 total winnings over 10 games, Schneider now holds the eighth spot on the game show’s Hall of Fame for highest regular season winnings. She’s also creeping up on the 10th place spot for the highest number of consecutive wins. Jonathan Fisher and Arthur Chu currently hold the 10th place spot with 11 wins, so if Schneider finishes out this week as a champion, she’ll overtake their records too.
In the meantime, “Jeopardy!” sat down with Schneider to talk about what it means to her to be a 10-day champion and record-holder.
“I’m not sure, it’s just so surprising,” Schneider said in an exclusive interview. “I mean, I’m not gonna pretend I didn’t think I could do good. But this has just been so much better than I thought I would do. It’s really hard to say what it means yet, I don’t know.”
Part of what’s made Schneider so successful on “Jeopardy!” has been her risky wagers, high accuracy rates, and runaway leads going into the “Final Jeopardy!” round. When she does have an uncatchable lead, going into the final is always much more “relaxing” to her.
“I guess you can kind of let the tension go from the climbing there,” Schneider explained. “And the one non-runaway [game]… I was surprised at how stressed I was during that time. Like, it really got tension into my body. So I want to keep doing runaways.”
This season alone has seen several “Jeopardy!” champions breaking records and winning a high number of games. But is there any record-holder or super champion that Schneider really wants to beat?
“I mean, I’d like to beat James Holzhauer,” Schneider said. He currently holds the spot for the third-highest number of consecutive wins at 32. “I think he just seems very confident, I guess I’ll say, and it would sort of feel good in a way [to beat him].”
‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Amy Schneider Talks About Growing Up With the Show
During her exclusive interview, 10-day “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider also discussed her history with watching the show.
“Yeah, I mean my parents watched it, so I grew up watching it,” Schneider said. “It’s probably been 35 years I’ve been watching the show.”
She also discussed how her parent influenced her to pursue learning and intellectual activities.
“My mom was a college professor, so I was always very interested in learning and she really instilled that in me,” Schneider said. “So yeah, just by my upbringing and inclination, it was always just right in my sweet spot of something that I wanted to do.”
Will Schneider’s streak continue? We’ll find out tonight on the newest episode of “Jeopardy!”.