Watch: 'Jeopardy!' Champ Amy Schneider Says Her Greatest Success Is Trans Visibility

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday January 24, 2022

Despite being the fourth "Jeopardy!" contestant to take home more than $1 million in prize money, Amy Schneider says her true success has nothing to do with how much she earns. In an interview with "Good Morning America," Schneider said that being able to represent the transgender community on TV has been her true victory.

In November, Schneider became the show's first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, an annual competition featuring 15 "Jeopardy!" players who have earned the most money from the prior season.

"I think that the best part for me has been being on TV as my true self, expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people," Schneider said. "And just kind of showing a different thing than maybe some people have seen, of just being a smart, confident woman and just doing something super normal like being on 'Jeopardy!'"

In her interview with George Stephanopoulos, Schneider covered everything from her buzzer technique to her newfound fame as a representation of the transgender community. But she says her ultimate secret to winning is curiosity.

"The main secret is just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff," Schneider said. If she wins again this Monday night, she has the opportunity to make history again by surpassing contestant Matt Amodio, whom she is currently tied with for second place on the list of contestants with the longest winning streaks.

See Schneider's full interview on "Good Morning America" below.