Something must be in the air because “Jeopardy!” has had no shortage of epic champions on the popular trivia show this season.
Matt Amodio continued his streak into the newest season of the show. He ended up winning 38 consecutive games and now has his name in the record book for having the second-longest streak in “Jeopardy!” history.
Andrew He then proceeded to go on a streak as well and qualified for the Tournament of Champions. The most recent champion is Amy Schneider. She has also qualified for the Tournament of Champions and just became a seven-day champ last night.
The “Jeopardy!” Instagram account rejoiced in the talented competitor by sharing a clip of her getting down to business. It reads, “Amy Schneider ran 3 categories in this game AND became a 7-day champ!”
“Jeopardy!” fans were quick to share the love for Schneider’s amazing trivia abilities during the Thanksgiving episode. One fan also loved the fact that she is also doing a lot more than just answering trivia questions.
“Not only is she a strong champion, but she’s representing something bigger than herself. Shoutout to those feeling seen right now during her run,” one person wrote. Schneider is one of the first openly transgender winners to appear on the show.
A part of her winning streak also coincided with Trans Awareness Week from November 13 to November 19. She noted that she was not the first openly trans person to compete on the show. She tweeted, “My thanks to all of them for blazing the trail!”
Given the length of her streak, Amy Schneider has become the first openly trans contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
Amy Schneider Becomes Family Champion
When Amy Schneider won her fourth show in a row, she became the “Jeopardy!” champion in her own family.
She spoke with Ken Jennings during the show about the fact that the trivia show is a family affair of sorts. “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. She has since far surpassed that original goal.
Schneider also happened to go up against someone recently that nearly set a new “Jeopardy!” record. Matt King appeared on the show and ended up wrapping up his time with a score of -$6,400. He became notorious for his bad score, which was close to the all-time lowest score of -$7,400. This score is held by Patrick Pearce, according to Entertainment Weekly.
King’s strategy seemed to fail him. He attempted to answer as many questions as possible, but wasn’t correct enough. He ended up answering correctly eight times, but incorrectly 10 times.