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During Trans Awareness Week, 'Jeopardy!' has a Trans Champ

Sunday November 21, 2021
Originally published on November 20, 2021

As serendipity would have it, "Jeopardy!" celebrates Trans Awareness Week with a returning trans champion.

Amy Schneider, an "engineering manager from Oakland, California, on Wednesday ended the run of five-time winner Andrew when she became the sole contestant to answer the 'Final Jeopardy!' clue correctly," writes Newsweek.

"As of Friday, Schneider was still champion with winnings pf $110,200. She returns on Monday to defend her championship."

Before Friday's game, Schneider tweeted: "Pregame thoughts: You'd think I would have been a little less nervous by now, but nope! First, it hadn't set in yet that I was a Jeopardy champion. It had only been an hour! Plus, Gordon and Chi-Nhan had both looked good in rehearsal that morning, so I couldn't take them lightly."

She later added: "I also really wanted to win this particular game, for two reasons. One, I had set a personal goal of winning 3-4 games. Just being on the show was a success regardless, of course, but that number would feel like an *unqualified* success."

"And two, playing this game is so much fun! I wasn't ready for it to be over, I wanted to be able to come back for at least one more day of Jeopardy. So, on with the game!"

She also revealed an onset fashion mishap.

While some speculated that Schneider was the first trans Jeopardy contestant, she points out there have been others.

"FYI, I am not the first out trans person to appear on Jeopardy (a few friends have asked). There have been a handful before, including one, Kate Freeman, who was the first out trans champion on 12/16/20. My thanks to all of them for blazing the trail!"

She also revealed a "super embarrassing" fashion mishap that occurred prior to Wednesday's episode, reports Decider.

"Literally a few seconds before taping started, I spilled water down the front of my top. The whole thing had to come to a halt while the wardrobe person tried to blot it off," she†wrote. "It was super embarrassing, and I felt guilty for holding up the entire production. But I had to put it out of my mind, so I decided to treat it as a good omen."