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‘Jeopardy!’: Amy Schneider Becomes 10-Day Champ, Racks Up Impressive Winnings Total

by Maggie Schneider
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Amy Schneider is making history on the popular game show, now qualifying for the “Tournament of Champions.”

“Jeopardy!” contestant Amy Schneider is now a 10-day champion on the popular game show. This impressive achievement lands her a spot in the “Tournament of Champions,” the annual program that puts the 15 best players from the most recent season in a head-to-head battle. To qualify for the tournament, all that contestants need is a 5-game streak of victories. Schneider is now double these qualifications.

The contestant is wowing viewers with her gameplay. Her earnings average at about $38,000 per show, giving her a grand total of $380,200 up to this point. This is the eighth-highest amount of money earned in history of “Jeopardy!”

In an interview with jeopardy.com, Schneider expresses how she is feeling about her new record.

“It’s just so surprising,” she says. “You know, I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t think I could do good. But this has been so much better than what I thought I would do.”

About Amy Schneider

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, the contestant now lives in Oakland, California as an engineering manager. In high school, she was also active in the theatre department, as well as a local repertory company, Dayton Playhouse.

The Ohio native is also making history as the first openly-transgender contestant to make it this far in the competition. She follows Kate Freeman, who is the first out transgender champion appearing on the regular season. Earning this honor gives Schneider the opportunity to show her smarts while also inspiring the community.

“I am so incredibly grateful,” Schneider says to ABC 7. “Hopefully I can send a positive message to the nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show, too.”

Her advocacy does not go unnoticed. In the show’s Thanksgiving episode, Schneider is wearing a trans flag pin. She says that she thought that the holiday was the right time to wear it.

“Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about family,” she begins. “And that can be hard for anybody who has been ostracized or otherwise cut off from their family…o, it felt like a good time to show my membership in, and support of, a community that might be having a hard time right now.”

About The ‘Tournament of Champions’

Fans of “Jeopardy!” are excited about the 2022 “Tournament of Champions.” While an air date is not released yet, viewers know that the tournament will occur over a two-week period of time. Last year’s competition aired in May, so a spring air date is expected. It will feature Amy Schneider, alongside 14 other previous winners going head-to-head for the grand prize of $250,000. We can’t wait to watch our champions in battle.