Transgender Amy Schneider wins “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions’
Amy Schneider, a man posing as a woman, won the Danger! Tournament of Champions less than a year after his impressive 40-game winning streak.
Schneider, a former software engineer, won the entire tournament on Monday after winning three matches and betting $13,000 on the ‘Final Jeopardy’ challenge for a winning score of $28,600 in the final match, according to People.
“I feel amazing,” the 42-year-old Schneider said after the win. “Earlier in the final, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like, ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions final,’ and it was crazy. And I won! is a great feeling.
Schneider faced software developer Andrew He and associate professor of operations research Sam Buttrey in the Tournament of Champions. Schneider previously faced He in season 38 of Danger! when he ended his five-game winning streak.
“I both wanted [compete against He] and was afraid to face him again,” Schneider said in a statement. “I knew he was one of the best competitors in the business. He was definitely someone I knew could beat me because he almost did before, and he did it a few times here too.
“Any one of us three really could have won if a very few things had gone differently,” he continued. “I’m glad we got a really fair chance to test our skills against each other, and I’d love to play him again one day, one way or another.”
Even though Schneider is a man, the media hailed him as “the most successful candidate in Danger! history” with his 40-game winning streak. Ken Jennings still holds the record for most wins with an impressive total of 74 wins.
Schneider became the first transgender contestant in Danger! to qualify for the show’s “Tournament of Champions” in December of last year, winning 10 straight matches after winning $380,200. In a previous Twitter thread, Schneider, who wore a transgender flag pin on the show, said he wanted to be known for “other things” and didn’t want to be known just for being transgender.
“I didn’t want to say too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” wrote Schneider. “I’m a trans woman, and I’m proud of it, but I’m also a lot of other things!”
“The thing is, I don’t often think about being trans, and so when I appear on national TV, I wanted to portray that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor. But I don’t didn’t want it to seem like some kind of shameful secret either.