Amy Schneider's time on Jeopardy! was historic in many ways. The software engineering manager from Oakland, Calif., had a 40-game winning streak, making her the most successful woman and most successful transgender contestant ever on the show. Along the way she contributed to positive trans visibility, which she told The Advocate was the most rewarding aspect of her time on Jeopardy! Here's a look at some of the milestones she reached.
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Schneider notches her fifth Jeopardy! win November 23, earning her a place in the season's Tournament of Champions. She is the first out transgender contestant to qualify for the tournament, in which the season's 15 best players compete. The show used to have contestants retire after winning five games in the regular season, but now they can go on as long as they keep winning.
Schneider wins her 40th consecutive game January 25. Her streak will end the next day with a loss to Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago. She remains second in Jeopardy! history in terms of regular-season games won, behind Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2003 and is now a host of the show. She is fourth in terms of total regular-season cash, with $1.382 million, behind James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, and Jennings. When tournaments are included, Brad Rutter is the all-time cash leader, followed by those three, with Schneider in fifth place. She'll have a chance to add to her winnings in the Tournament of Champions.