‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Reveals the Downside to Winning

by Leanne Stahulak

Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider is on a roll with seven straight wins in the last week. Will she extend her streak tomorrow night to eight?

We’ll have to wait to find out, Outsiders. But in the meantime, we can dive into Schneider’s “post-game thoughts” that she writes after every episode. It’s a wonderfully honest retelling of what goes on in “Jeopardy!” contestants’ heads before, during, and after gameplay. And it’s kind of incredible that Schneider can keep track of so many small moments.

Earlier this week, on her Nov. 25 recap, Schneider mentioned one interesting reflection about the downside to winning “Jeopardy!” constantly.

“The one thing that sucks about Jeopardy is that for me to win, the other contestants have to lose,” Schneider wrote in one of her final tweets on the Nov. 25 thread. “Madeline was a very nice person as I said, and as a viewer watching at home, I would have loved to see her go on a run of her own (no offense to Dan btw). But I don’t want to lose!”

It’s a sweet and interesting point. “Jeopardy!” contestants have no idea who they’ll play every day. It’s completely random, so they have no idea if they’ll face a long-time recurring champion or not. And sometimes competitors who normally would go on a streak or win games on their own can’t compete as well against someone who’s seven or eight games in.

But that’s why we’re thankful that champions like Schneider keep the records straight for fans. Her post-game thoughts have been extremely insightful and informative for fans who love that sort of behind-the-scenes look.

Current ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Amy Schneider Explains Pin She Wore on Thanksgiving Episode

In the thread of another post-game thought, current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider explained a special pin she wore for the episode that would premiere on Thanksgiving. Schneider, who’s a trans woman, wore a pin bearing the trans flag to show her support for the community.

“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she begins in her thread. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”

Schneider continued, “The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans all that often, and so when appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor. But I also didn’t want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful 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!”

She then tied it into the holiday. “Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about family. And that can be hard for anybody who has been ostracized or otherwise cut off from their family,” the “Jeopardy!” champion explained. “…a group which, sadly, still includes a disproportionately high number of trans people, especially trans youth and trans people of color.”

She then invited followers to support different organizations that help out LGBT individuals in need.