After extending her streak on Monday’s episode of “Jeopardy!,” Amy Schneider officially became the contestant with the second-most consecutive wins of all time.
Schneider, who is an engineering manager from Oakland, California, won her 39th game which means the only other contestant who has more first place finishes is “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings.
He currently holds the top spot with a whopping 74 wins, a record he set in 2004. Jennings has had a front row seat to see Schneider chase after his title as he has also been hosting “Jeopardy!” during her time on the show.
Since first appearing on the show on Nov. 17, the engineering manager has now accumulated $1,319,800.
“It still feels unreal,” Schneider said in a press release following her notable win. “Knowing that I had this chance, I was definitely thinking about it. Then Ken said it, and I thought, ‘Alright, I just accomplished this huge thing’ and it was pretty great.”
Her 39th win means Schneider has surpassed Matt Amodio, another impressive competitor who earned his 38-game record earlier this season.
Amodio and Schneider will have an opportunity to face each other as they are both set to battle it out during the upcoming edition of the game show’s Tournament of Champions. In a press release, Schneider also included a special message for Amodio.
“It’s going to be an honor playing against you, and it’s going to be a tight competition,” she told him.
Schneider has been breaking multiple records throughout her historic reign on the game show.
After her 10th win in December, she became the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. She has worn a trans Pride flag during her stint on “Jeopardy!” and she tweeted about using her platform to raise awareness.
“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she explained in a Twitter thread. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”
She added that she specifically wore a trans Pride pin on the “Jeopardy!” Thanksgiving episode because it is “a holiday that is all about family. And that can be hard for anybody who has been ostracized or otherwise cut off from their family ... a group which, sadly, still includes a disproportionately high number of trans people, especially trans youth and trans people of color.” Schneider said she wanted to show her public support for the community.
Then with her 21st victory on Dec. 28, Schneider overtook Julia Collins as the woman with the most wins on the show.
Collins set the record in 2014. To show appreciation for Collins’ success, Schneider dressed in a dark blue sweater similar to the one Collins was wearing when she achieved the milestone.
“Julia Collins won 20 games and so this is my 20th game and so I just wanted to wear a sweater in tribute,” Schneider shared at the time.
Earlier this month, Schneider became the first woman ever to earn more than $1 million in non-tournament play. She is also only the fourth person to reach this landmark.
Following the significant moment, Schneider, who recently was recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards tweeted, “Of all the things that have come out of my Jeopardy run, I will always be most proud of any good that I’ve managed to do for the trans community, so this acknowledgment means more than I can ever say.”
Schneider has cemented her place alongside Amodio, James Holzhauer and Jennings as one of the greatest competitors “Jeopardy!” viewers have ever seen.