Jan 26, 2022 - Economy

Amy Schneider ends 40-game "Jeopardy!" reign

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Amy Schneider. Photo: Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP

Amy Schneider's 40-game streak on "Jeopardy!" came to an end Wednesday night after Chicago librarian Rhone Talsma beat her during Final Jeopardy.

Why it matters: The engineering manager from Oakland made history as the first woman to win $1 million on the game show and the first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions.

  • Schneider snagged the second-highest number of consecutive victories in "Jeopardy!" history before bowing out with $1.4 million in winnings.
  • "The fatigue of this taping was really starting to add up," she told the New York Times after her defeat on Wednesday. "I couldn’t explain it, even to myself, but I just could feel that something was slipping a little bit, however much I tried to fight it."

What's next: Most of her winnings will go toward a home mortgage, she said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • Though she added that she and her girlfriend, Genevieve Davis, plan to vacation in Ireland, and "go to some fancy clothes store and overspend a bit."
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