‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Reveals She Was ‘Nervous’ Defending Title

by Leanne Stahulak
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After watching her second victory on “Jeopardy!” last night, champion Amy Schneider took to Twitter to share her “post-game thoughts!”

In a detailed Twitter thread, Schneider broke down several key moments throughout the game, giving fans an insight into her gameplay process. But to start out, Schneider admitted one thing.

“I got a confidence boost out of beating a five-day champion, but I was still super nervous going into the game,” Schneider said in her initial post.

The five-day champion was none other than Andrew He. He made it into the Tournament of Champions for winning five consecutive games, and he played a high-wagering style that Schneider also adopted.

Eventually, on Wednesday’s game, Schneider ended up being the only contestant to answer the “Final Jeopardy!” question right. Though Schneider started in second place, He’s heavy wagering resulted in Schneider coming out on top.

Since the game show records five games in one day, Schneider went immediately from the third game of the day (Wednesday) into the fourth (Thursday).

She faced off against Bonnie Lapwood and Taylor Mills, who “started to worry” her after Mills landed the first Daily Double. Although Mills answered incorrectly, he also landed the second Daily Double. He again missed it, wagering everything and losing out on his chance to catch up to Schneider.

“But if Taylor gets either of those right, who knows what would have happened!” Schneider wrote in her thread.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Amy Schneider Solidifies Her Win in ‘Final’ Round

Going into the “Final Jeopardy!” round, Schneider led with $23,800, followed by Lapwood at $5,000 and Mills at $800. So long as she wagered smartly, she didn’t have to worry about the other two catching up, even if they answered correctly.

“I have to say, Final is a lot less stressful when you can’t be caught lol,” Schneider wrote. “But I was obsessed with the idea that I might lose a game on a dumb math mistake, which is partly why I only bet 10K when I could have bet a bit more. Plus I just like round numbers!”

Some contestants like to bet more even if that means the other contestants could catch up. But Schneider played it safe with a crisp 10k.

“That said, it’s a weird feeling to bet five figures on yourself, however much you may know it’s the logical thing to do,” she admitted. Then, the champion went on to praise her competitors.

“My thanks and congratulations to Bonnie and Taylor! As I said, Taylor was much more competitive than the final result showed, and Bonnie just couldn’t quite lock in the buzzer timing, but she knew her stuff (and had a very stylish nose ring). On we go!” Scheider concluded.

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