Jeopardy! winner Amy Schneider has made LGBTQ+ history again with her Tournament of Champions win.
On 21 November, the beloved show hosted the coveted tournament – which featured some of the most successful contestants from this past last year.
After winning three games against her opponents, Andrew He and Sam Buttrey, Schneider was officially crowned the winner of Jeopardy!’s Tournament of Champions, making her the first trans woman to compete and win the grand prize of $250,000.
Shortly after her win, the new champion took to Twitter to thank her supporters before delivering a sweet message to her wife.
“I owe so much to so many people today. But above all, I can’t find enough ways to say how lucky I am that the most amazing woman in the world has chosen to spend her life with me. I love you, Genevieve, and I could never, ever have done this without you,” she wrote.
In an additional interview with People, Schneider gave further insight into her thoughts on the monumental achievement in which she revealed that she felt “amazing.”
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“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,” she added.
She also commended He and reflected on her fear and excitement to compete against him again. Before their recent Jeopardy! stint, Schneider beat He on the show’s 38 season
“I both wanted to [compete against He] and was afraid of facing him again. I knew he was one of the top competitors in the field. He was definitely someone that I knew could beat me because he very nearly did before,” she explained.
“Any of the three of us really could have won if a very small number of things had gone differently. I’m glad we got a really fair chance to test our skills against each other, and I love to play him again someday, somehow.”
Before her Tournament of Champions win, Schnieder made massive waves on Jeopardy! with her various historical feats.
During her time on the series, the Oakland-based writer became the most successful female contestant in the show’s history with her 40-game winning streak.
She also became the fourth contestant ever to win a total amount of $1 million and, of course, was the first trans woman to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.
Congratulations are in order for Schneider and her groundbreaking win.