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Amy Schneider’s historic ‘Jeopardy!’ championship ends after 40 wins

Amy Schneider’s historic 40-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” came to an end Wednesday, when she was stumped in the final round and couldn’t correctly identify one of the world’s most populous countries whose last name ends in “H.”

Although Schneider entered the final round ahead of the two other contestants, the Oakland engineering manager failed to answer “What is Bangladesh?” That left it to Chicago multimedia librarian Rhone Talsma to pull head with a first place score of $29,600. Schneider finished second with $19,600.

Schneider, 42, finishes her time on “Jeopardy!” as one of its most beloved champions, who racked up many accolades during her eight weeks on the iconic game show. She was the best woman to ever play the game and the first openly transgender person to make it to the Tournament of Champions.

During a mid-day interview Wednesday on ABC7, Schneider didn’t give away the fact that the show that would night be her last, but she acknowledged to Jobina Fortson how “impactful” her run on the show had been, appearing “on the national stage” and in such a “mainstream space.”

“You know it’s a little hard to take in,” said Schneider. “I just went out there to play Jeopardy!” and try to win some money. It’s just been really great to know that I’ve been able to do a lot of good as I’m doing it, just by being myself, representing my community.”

In a statement provided by the show after Talsma’s win, Schneider said: “I could tell that he was here to play and that he was going to be good. I still came very close to winning, but I did feel like maybe I was slipping a little bit. And once it was clear that he was fast on the buzzer, I knew it was going to be a battle all the way.”

With her 39th straight victory Monday night, Schneider officially broke Matt Amodio’s summer winning streak and became No. 2 in terms of longest winning streaks on “Jeopardy!,” but she would have a ways to go to surpass the 74-game winning streak Ken Jennings set in 2004.

On Wednesday, she brought her total winnings to $1,382,800, making her the highest earning female contestant in the show’s history and the fourth highest earning contestant during regular play. She started the show on Nov. 17. By Jan. 7, she became the first woman to earn more than $1 million in the game.

Schneider also has gained fans with her active Twitter feed. She talks about her personal life and, somewhat modestly, about being an icon for the LGBTQ community. Schneider also has been writing threads breaking down each game and reveals her techniques for absorbing a seemingly infinite number of facts about history, science or pop culture.

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