After extending her streak on Monday’s episode of “Jeopardy!,” Amy Schneider is officially the second-most winning contestant of all time.
Schneider, a technical director from Oakland, California, won his 39th game, which means the only other contestant to finish in more first place is “Jeopardy!” Legendary Ken Jennings.
He currently holds the top spot with 74 wins, a record he set in 2004. Jennings sat in the front row to watch Schneider chase his title because he too Host of “Jeopardy!” during her time on the show.
“I don’t want to talk too much about being transgender, at least in the context of the show,” she explained on Twitter topic. “I’m a transgender woman, and I’m proud of it, but I have so much more to do!”
She added that she specifically wears a Trans Pride pin on “Jeopardy!” An episode of Thanksgiving because it’s “a family holiday. And that can be difficult for anyone who has been ostracized or cut off from their family… a group that, sadly, still includes a large population of transgender people, especially transgender people. youth and transgender people of color. ” Schneider said she wanted to show public support for the community.
Then, with his 21st win on December 28, Schneider overtook Julia Collins to become the woman with the most wins on the show.
Collins set the record in 2014. To show appreciation for Collins’s success, Schneider donned a dark blue sweater similar to the one Collins wore when she hit the milestone.
“Julia Collins won 20 games and so this is my 20th and so I just wanted to wear a sweater in memory,” Schneider shared at the time.
Earlier this month, Schneider became First woman ever to make over 1 million dollars in non-tournament game. She is also the 4th person to achieve this milestone.
Following the big moment, Schneider, who was recently recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards tweeted“Of all the things that have come out of my Jeopardy run, I will always be most proud of any good I have tried to do for the transgender community, so this acknowledgment makes sense. means more than I can say.”
Schneider has cemented its place alongside Amodio, James Holzhauer and Jennings as one of the biggest competitors “Jeopardy!” viewers have seen.
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