Amy Schneider Admits She Was 'Super Nervous' Defending 'Jeopardy!' Title

New Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider has admitted that she was "super nervous" defending her title on her second episode of the show, which aired on Thursday.

Schneider broke the streak of five-time winner Andrew He on Wednesday night's quiz, earning $31,600 in the process.

Jeopardy! tapes five episodes per day, so the engineering manager from Oakland, California, had to defend her title almost immediately, facing off against Bonnie Lapwood and Taylor Mills.

Schneider proved that her first win was no fluke, going into "Final Jeopardy" far ahead of her competitors with $23,800 in winnings. Lapwood's earnings stood at $5,000 and Mills had $800.

As in the previous game, Schneider was the only contestant to guess the history clue, topping up her episode's winnings by $10,000.

After the show aired, Schneider took to her Twitter and Facebook accounts to share a detailed analysis of the day's events. She wrote: "I got a confidence boost out of beating a five-day champion, but I was still super nervous going into the game."

She said she was "worried" at different points of the game as the other contestants put her through her paces. The final was "less stressful," however. In Wednesday's episode, she was in second place going into the final.

"I have to say, Final is a lot less stressful when you can't be caught lol," Schneider wrote. "But I was obsessed with the idea that I might lose a game on a dumb math mistake, which is partly why I only bet 10K when I could have bet a bit more. Plus I just like round numbers!

"That said, it's a weird feeling to bet five figures on yourself, however much you may know it's the logical thing to do."

Turning her attention to her challengers, Schneider added: "My thanks and congratulations to Bonnie and Taylor! As I said, Taylor was much more competitive than the final result showed, and Bonnie just couldn't quite lock in the buzzer timing, but she knew her stuff (and had a very stylish nose ring). On we go!"

Schneider's victories have been all the more momentous, as her episodes have aired during Trans Awareness Week, which began on November 13 and ends with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

Newsweek has learned that the timing was purely coincidental. Episodes are usually taped several weeks before they're aired.

After Wednesday's episode was broadcast, Schneider informed Jeopardy! fans that she is not the first transgender person to compete on the quiz.

She wrote: "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!"

Jeopardy! hosting duties are split between Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings, the show's all-time champion, for the remainder of the year, following Mike Richards' brief stint in the role over the summer. Producers are expected to announce a permanent host to succeed the much-loved presenter Alex Trebek, who died last year.

New "Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider
New "Jeopardy!" champ Amy Schneider has admitted that she was "super nervous" about returning to defend her title on Thursday night's episode. Jeopardy!/YouTube