Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider’s winning streak ended Wednesday. For weeks, the engineering manager would take to social media to give her thoughts about her performance on the show and what was going through her mind. In her comments following Wednesday’s show, Schneider included a heartfelt thank-you to her girlfriend, Genevieve Davis.
“And of course, most of all, I want to thank Genevieve. When we started dating, she knew I would be on Jeopardy, but she really didn’t know what that meant. She’d never watched the show, so even once I started winning, she didn’t really understand how big this was all going to get,” Schneider wrote.
She added that Davis had to deal with the added media attention and the time apart due to shooting the show in Los Angeles.
“But through all that, she’s never hesitated in supporting me as I chase my dream,” Schneider wrote. “I would never have made it through taping without knowing that I’d fly back home to see her afterward, and that, while she hoped I won, she would feel the same about me whether I won 0 games or 100.”
Schneider and Davis live in Oakland, Calif., and have a cat called Meep.
“I want to thank Meep, for being so cute and fuzzy; she was definitely glad I lost because she hated that I kept disappearing for a few days,” she posted.
She also thanked her mother, friends, fans, and the Jeopardy! team, and congratulated Rhone Talsma for winning the episode.
Her final total was $1,382,800, making her the first woman to pass $1 million. She was also the first out trans contestant to qualify for the show’s Tournament of Champions, which will be held this fall.
Schneider’s loss came after she won 40 consecutive games, second only to current Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2003. She is in fourth place for all-time regular season cash winnings, behind Matt Amodio ($1.518 million), James Holzhauer ($2.462 million), and Jennings ($2.52 million).
“It’s really been an honor,” Schneider said in a press release from the show’s production company on Wednesday. “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.”