Former Jeopardy! champion Matt Amodio has been open about the nerves he is beginning to feel as his run on the popular game show’s Tournament of Champions gets closer and closer.
“There are some nerves about the Tournament of Champions because I won’t have played Jeopardy! in a while,” the game-show champion explains in a recent Newsweek article.
“There will be some people who are less rusty,” Amodio adds, noting that he also knows his competition will certainly give him quite the challenge in the annual tournament.
“Also, I will be up against very smart people I’ve watched them play!” the game show contestant exclaims. “So, I’ll go in just trying to be as calm and prepared as possible.”
Matt Amodio is a recent Jeopardy! contestant who found himself on a thirty-eight-day winning streak earlier this year, raking in over $1.5 million during his time on the iconic game show.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Matt Amodio Breaks Recordse
During his time on the popular television game show, the Jeopardy! champion soared past fellow champion James Holzhauer’s thirty-two-day winning streak.
So far, Matt Amodio holds the second-place spot for all-time consecutive Jeopardy! wins falling short to the game show’s GOAT, Ken Jennings. Jennings shattered the iconic game show’s record who became a household name in 2004 with a seventy-two-day winning streak.
The Yale Ph.D. candidate was only the third contestant in the game show’s history to win over one million dollars.
The Jeopardy! champ sits right behind Holzhauer and Ken Jennings in total winnings earned during a record-breaking winning streak on the long-running game show.
While securing his record-breaking run on Jeopardy!, Matt Amodio made waves with his unique answering style, always saying “what is” even if “who is” would have been the proper beginning to the response.
Looking For a Rematch
During his discussion with Newsweek, Matt Amodio notes that while he feels some nerves as he approaches the 2022 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions competition he is excited to compete against the competitor who knocked him off his winning streak, Jonathan Fisher.
“I’m also eager to have the opportunity to play Jonathan again,” the Jeopardy! champ says of his competitor.
“Firstly, because it will be great television, but also, because I want to beat him,” Amodio jokes, noting that this is a moment he has dreamed about since falling to Fisher earlier this year.
“I have visualized beating Jonathan in multiple ways,” the Jeopardy! winner quips.
“That includes some replay of the game I lost and some future play in Tournament of Champions,” Amodio says. “I’m sorry, Jonathan!”