After dominating the “Jeopardy!” competition four consecutive times, at what point can you be bestowed some bragging rights?
For recent four-day champion Amy Schneider, it’s a little complicated. As it turns out, “Jeopardy!” is a bit of a family affair in her household. Before the start of her fourth appearance on the show, current host Ken Jennings asked about Schneider not being the “Jeopardy!” champion in her own family circle.
“A few years ago, my brother-in-law at the time was here and won three games. I said at the time, ‘Well, I’m going to make sure I win four,'” she said to Jennings.
Luckily, she pulled through with yet another victory. She ended up with a total of $45,400 at the end of the Final Jeopardy round. Mack Hayden came in second with $23,199 and Heidi Stumb, unfortunately, had -$800. This brings Schneider’s four-day winnings to $155,600.
Schneider defeated five-time champ Andrew He during her first “Jeopardy!” appearance.
Amy Schneider’s Important ‘Jeopardy!’ Streak
Amy Schneider currently works as an engineering manager in Oakland, California. Last week, she happened to become a champion on “Jeopardy!” during a very important and personal week: Trans Awareness Week.
Schneider is one of the few openly transgender individuals to appear on “Jeopardy!” and has been incredibly vocal during her time on the show. She’s also incredibly close to qualifying for the Tournament of Champions. In a Twitter post, Schneider pointed out she is not “the first out trans person” to appear on the trivia show and she expressed “thanks to all of them for blazing the trail.”
As it turns out, she’s been trying to get on the popular trivia show for quite some time now. “I’m not sure quite how long [ago I first applied], but I remember trying out when I still lived in Ohio, and I’ve lived in Oakland since 2009, so it has to have been at least that amount of time,” Schneider said during an interview with Newsweek.
She explained that while part of the “Jeopardy!” audition process is about skill, most of it is actually about luck. Even if the online test goes well, there are many factors that go into selecting who continues onto the actual show. “Jeopardy!” executives factor in personality, as well as performance.
“They’re making a TV show, they don’t want everybody to look the same, and looked a lot like many of the other contestants, and I think that definitely made it a little tougher for me at that time. I would have got on eventually—I was never gonna stop trying!” she said to the news outlet as well.
Given her amazing streak on “Jeopardy!” so far, all that auditioning did eventually pay off in the best way possible.