Schneider defeated fellow contestants Andrew He and Sam Buttrey, securing the top spot after winning three games. Schneider is the first trans-identifying contestant to win the tournament.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said in a statement following the big win. “Earlier in the finals, I had this sudden moment of seeing myself and being like, ‘I’m on stage in the Tournament of Champions finals,’ and that was crazy. And I won! It’s a great feeling.”
The “Jeopardy!: Tournament of Champions” began October 31. It featured 21 contestants who won at least four games since the 2020 tournament along with winners of the National College Championship, the Professors Tournament, and the game show’s first Second Chance faceoff, Fox News reported.
In January, Schneider made headlines during a winning “Jeopardy!” streak, and the contestant was celebrated for being the woman with the most “Jeopardy!” wins. This narrative was widely accepted despite the fact that the Oakland resident was born a biological male.
“Good Morning America” cheered Schneider on during a news segment that month, saying, “She’s well on her way, but I’ve just got one question to ask. Who runs the world? Girls!”
The woman with the most “Jeopardy!” wins prior to Schneider being awarded that title congratulated Schneider for having a winning streak, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
“Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy record for a few years…but it’s been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off,” record-setting woman Larissa Kelly tweeted at the time. “Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show’s history!”
Schneider sarcastically addressed critics in a Twitter post on December 31, sharing, “I’d like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I’m a man. Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind.”
Following Schneider’s first loss, the “Jeopardy!” contestant issued a statement on what the winning streak meant. “It’s really been an honor,” Schneider said. “To know that I’m one of the most successful people at a game I’ve loved since I was a kid and to know that I’m a part of its history now, I just don’t know how to process it.”