“Danger!” competitor Amy schneider heads into Monday’s episode with a winning streak, joining the show’s few openly trans winners, and thanking the trans contestants who came before her.
Schneider, an engineering executive from Oakland, Calif., Became the three-day champion in Friday’s episode with $ 110,200 in prize money after competing in the last jeopardy round of $ 25,000 ahead of her competitor and betting $ 15,000.
On Tuesday, S became the five-day champion, securing her a spot in the next top-winners tournament, with total payouts of $ 170,400.
“I could have bet up to 24,999, and I thought about it. But it’s tough,” Schneider wrote in a series of tweets over the weekend. “As it is, I was betting the price of a car, which I thought was wrong. But it paid off again, and I had exceeded $ 100,000 in total earnings! I repeat: ONE. HUNDRED. THOUSAND. DOLLARS. I mean, I still can’t believe it, and I just watched it happen on national television. ”
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Friday’s victory coincidentally came on the last day of Trans Awareness Week, which runs from November 13-19 each year.
Schneider isn’t the first openly trans person to participate in the longtime game show. She noted that a “handful” came before her, including Kate Freeman, who last year became the first trans champion.
“My thanks to everyone for leading the way! Schneider tweeted.
She also addressed the backlash of viewers who thought it was insensitive for the show to include a category called “Naturalized Woman,” which included questions about famous women who were not born in the United States and who subsequently became naturalized citizens. USA TODAY reached out to “Jeopardy!” representatives for further comments.
“There was actually nothing wrong with it, and I had completely forgotten about it until I watched the episode today,” Schneider said. “But I think it’s clear that it ended up differently with a trans woman on stage, which is unfortunate.”
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