Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider has become a living legend among “Jeopardy!” fans.
She has crushed so many records it’s hards for fans to keep track of them all! Once she qualified for the Tournament of Champions, she became the first openly trans contestant in “Jeopardy!” history to do so.
In late December, she became the woman with the longest win streak in “Jeopardy!” history. She also became the woman with the highest total earned in “Jeopardy!” history – from regular gameplay alone! To top it all off, she became the fifth millionaire on “Jeopardy!” and the fourth to do so during regular gameplay.
As of Friday, she beat James Holzhauer and his record of 32 games in order to grab the third-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history! Although fans still have to wait a week to see if she’ll be able to tie Matt Amodio and his win streak of 38 games, Amy finally revealed how she scored over 1,000 questions correctly on the show!
Amy Schneider Reveals Where She Gets Her Fun Facts From!
In a new interview with USA Today, Amy Schneider revealed how she knows the answer to so many of those tough questions!
Apparently, Amy likes to scour Wikipedia for interesting facts when she gets bored. She also likes to read The New York Times and history books. She also likes to frequent the website Defector, which focuses on sports and culture.
“Jeopardy! covers such a wide range of things that I’m not sure it’s something you really can study for,” she said. “You just have to be living your life in such a way that you keep learning.”
However, there is one special trick that Amy uses that most fans might not be aware of. There’s a website called J! Archive that was created by fans. The website contains every question and answer that has appeared on the show since 1984! When she’s bored, she looks through old “Jeopardy!” of answers to brush up on fun facts she may not already know!
Amy Schneider Reveals Her ‘Jeopardy!’ Strategy!
James Holzhauer had a strategy of going all-in on his “Jeopardy!” wagers, which is what helped propel him to the top. Matt Amodio, who set a record of 38 games back in September, also incorporated some of James’ strategy into his own run.
“To an extent, I think I’m pushing back a little against some of (Holzhauer and Amodio’s) strategies,” Amy said. “I decided going in that I was just going to focus on being myself.”
Instead, Amy has a few different strategies that she keeps in her back pocket. Fans have noticed that Amy tends to start at the top of one category and then finish it before moving on to another. Amy also admitted that she tends to aim for categories she feels less confident in first. That way, if a “Daily Double” question comes up, she has less money to risk if she gets an answer wrong.
“I’ve definitely tried to push myself to be a bit more aggressive with what I wager on the Daily Doubles,” she admitted. “Just because you should have faith in yourself that you’re probably going to know the answer or you wouldn’t be on ‘Jeopardy!’ in the first place.”
Amy Schneider Reveals The Secret Meaning Behind Her Pearl Necklace
Many fans have noticed that Amy often wears a pearl necklace and a nose ring when she’s competing.
Amy revealed that the pearl necklace was a gift from her girlfriend, Genevieve, on her first birthday after they started dating. She has worn it since the first episode as a way of keeping Genevieve close by.
“It was the first significant time I’d spent apart from her since we’d started dating,” Amy explained. “And so having that was just a nice, just sort of comforting reminder that, that she was at home waiting for me.”
As for the nose ring, Amy had always avoided getting piercings or tattoos prior to her transition because she was afraid of making a “permanent” change to her body.
“But then, transitioning is also a permanent thing to do to my body,” she said. “And so once I’d done that, I was more open to it and just wanted to express myself. I’d always liked nose rings on other women. And so I said, ‘Well, let’s do it.'”
Although Amy has received a fair amount of harassment on Twitter for being trans, Amy hopes that her run will be inspirational for any young trans fans watching at home.
“You can do anything that you want to do,” she said. “Being trans doesn’t have to be any kind of limitation. Even if it’s something you’ve never seen a trans person do before, maybe you’ll be the first.”
Now that Amy has officially passed the million-dollar mark and beat James Holzhauer’s win streak, fans can’t wait to see if she’ll be able to tie Matt Amodio’s record-breaking win streak of 38 games next Friday!
But will she be able to topple current host Ken Jennings and his chart-topping 74 game win streak? Fans can’t wait to find out!