If you’ve been watching, you’ve certainly been in awe of the way Jeopardy’s current mega-champion Amy Schneider has DOMINATED the game, STEAMROLLING over lesser contestants. The breadth of her knowledge is ASTOUNDING.
She back on screen this week after the College Professors Tournament two-week hiatus and she is continuing to rack up records with her now 14 consecutive wins.
The software engineer from California has earned $571,200 during her 14-day reign making her, thus far, the fourth-biggest money winner in regular season play in the trivia game show’s history.
She has won more money than any other woman on the show, but still trails Julia Collins who has the fourth-longest streak of consecutive victories, behind now host Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Matt Amodio, but the highest of any woman with a total of 20 wins.
And while she isn’t the first trans contestant on the show – that would be Kate Freeman who became a champion a year ago – she is the first to make it into the Tournament of Champions.
And though she considers herself as “out”, and has spoken in interviews and even tweeted about being a transgender woman during her current run, it wasn’t until she likened herself to Ozma of Oz that many audiences members knew of her history.
During the ‘fun facts’ section of the Monday, December 20th episode, host, Jennings asked about Amy’s Ozma of Oz tattoo. Amy said she could relate to the character who was raised as a boy before she was able to turn into the princess she truly is.
Schneider has described the significance of her gender identity and subsequent representation as “really cool, but also relatively minor.”
“Being trans is an important, huge foundational part of my identity and also, not,” Schneider has said. “I’m not going on Jeopardy! to be trans on Jeopardy! I’m going on Jeopardy! to try to win some money.”
Well, she’s a hero and an instant icon to us! Go Amy!