On Wednesday, current Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider opened up about her experience on the game show and spoke about her strategy so far.
The engineering manager who lives in Oakland, California took over as champion last Wednesday. She dethroned fellow five-time champ Andrew He, and has been on a dominant run ever since. Schneider has already won well over $150,000 on the famous game show and will look to extend her win streak as long as she can.
The Jeopardy! champion wrote an article for Newsweek detailing her historic and ongoing win streak. Within the piece, she shared that she has stuck to one strategy that has obviously served her well.
“The only strategy I really had was that if I came up against a category I thought I would be weak in—for example popular music—I would get it out of the way first. That way, if there were any doubles in that category, they would come up when there wasn’t as much money to be wagered,” Schneider wrote.
Additionally, Schneider revealed how she felt following her fifth win in a row. With her fifth victory, the contestant automatically qualified for Jeopardy!‘s “Tournament of Champions.”
“But I had done so much to prepare for not winning my fifth game, that when I did win, I didn’t really have any feelings ready. Immediately afterwards, all I could think about was that I should have gotten the “Final Jeopardy!” clue. That’s just how I am! But I quickly realized what I had accomplished. Whatever else happens going forward, there’s no way this can’t be called a successful run,” she added.
‘Jeopardy!’ Champion’s Appearance on the Game Show a Decade in the Making
Amy Schneider has crushed her competition so far during her five Jeopardy! appearances. However, she struggled to get on the game show for more than a decade.
While speaking to Newsweek in an interview over the weekend, Schneider revealed how difficult it was to get a call back from Jeopardy!. She frequently applied to be a contestant on the show, but her attempts didn’t pan out for years.
“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 told Newsweek.
Yet her persistence eventually paid off. Schneider finally made it on the game show and has obviously taken full advantage of her opportunity. But she holds no grudges against Jeopardy!, which she’s been a fan of for years. She understands “a few things” contributed to her unsuccessful attempts of becoming a contestant in previous seasons.
“One is that when you take the first online test, no matter how good you do it’s a random chance whether they look at you to go any further. So that’s part of it,” Schneider admitted.