New Jeopardy! Champion Shatters Another Record

By Douglas Helm | 13 seconds ago


Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider continues to make history week after week. On Wednesday, she broke the record for most consecutive Jeopardy! wins by a woman, with 21. She proceeded to break her own record the next day, getting herself to 22. The record was previously held by Julia Collins, who reached 20 games in 2014.

This win puts Amy Schneider in fourth place overall for most consecutive games won. She still has a long way to go to beat the current record-holder (and Jeopardy! co-host) Ken Jennings who has an astounding 74 games won in a row. But, Amy Schneider doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, so maybe she’ll be the one to finally unseat the famous Jeopardy! champion. First, she’ll have to surpass the second and third place record-holders James Holzhauer and Matt Amodio, who won 32 games and 38 games in a row, respectively.

One of the cool things about watching Amy Schneider’s record-breaking Jeopardy! run is that we get the modern benefit of being able to follow her on social media. Schneider frequently tweets her post-game thoughts and gives us a unique insight into what she’s feeling and how she remembered some of the answers to questions on the show.

Amy Schneider also made history before reaching these lofty Jeopardy! Hall of Fame records by becoming the first openly trans person in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. The Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions features the top 15 players of each Jeopardy! season. She has been a proud advocate of trans representation and has worn a trans pride flag pin on the show.

Schneider has also made progress on her record for highest winnings in Jeopardy! regular-season play. She’s solidly in fourth place for this record as well, with a current total of $855,600. This puts her a good amount ahead of the fifth-place spot held by Jason Zuffranieri with $532,496. Once again, if she wants to crack the top three she’ll need to surpass Matt Amodio, James Holzhauer, and Ken Jennings. Amodio is in third with over $1.5 million in winnings, Holzhauer is in second with over $2.4 million, and Jennings is in first with over $2.5 million. So, once again, she has a long path ahead to reach the top three, but with the way she’s going, anything is possible. Ken Jennings is also currently co-hosting Jeopardy! so it would be really cool to see if he’s still the host if she surpasses his record.

If Schneider is able to crack the top three in any of these categories, she’ll be the first woman and first openly trans person to do so. It won’t be easy, but no matter what the outcome, watching her historic Jeopardy! run has certainly been exciting. If you want to see Schneider attempt to continue winning and potentially break some more records, you can catch Jeopardy! every weekday evening on your local stations. Make sure to check out her Twitter as well if you want to get an inside look at the mind of a champion.