“Danger!” Champion Amy Schneider was robbed at gunpoint, then fell ill, but her week on TV is going much better, as viewers watch her reach another milestone in game show glory.
The Oakland Engineering manager won his 28th game in a row on Friday, taking his earnings to more than $1 million. By answering the Final Jeopardy question correctly, Schneider earned $1,019,600, making him the fourth-highest grosser overall during the show’s regular-season play.
Schneider, 42, is also only four games away from third-place finisher James Holzhauer, who won the most consecutive matches. Ken Jennings and Matt Amodio are ahead of them for most consecutive games won.
Given that “Danger!” Taped weeks ago, Schneider knows he’s on a winning streak. Still, the week started off badly. Schneider revealed to fans that personal items, including his phone and his ID, were robbed on Sunday.
“Hello! So, first of all: I’m fine,” Schneider, 42, tweeted on monday, “But yesterday I was robbed, lost my ID, credit card, and phone. I really couldn’t sleep then last night, dragging myself around all day trying to change everything.”
Schneider did not provide further details about the robbery. Oakland Police confirmed they were investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Sunday afternoon but have not made any arrests.
In A follow-up tweet Monday, Schneider also explained that he did not feel like writing his own popular thread about that night’s game. “If I keep on winning, it may take a while for me to catch up,” she said.
two days later, he back on twitter To apologize again for not posting my thread, saying: “So, to make this week even more fun, I got sick too! I feel mostly better now, but I can’t keep up with my postings.” I’m going to extend the break till tomorrow.” Schneider didn’t specify what caused her illness, but fans told her to take care of herself.
“Sleep. Feel Better” wrote a fan, “I want you to be fresh energetic and sharp. You are $1 million to $50,000 away. I want to see you earn enough to make a million after taxes. Go on, Amy!”
“You are such an inspiration, feel better,” wrote another, “Although being robbed is a terrifying event, we’re glad you’re okay.”
Schneider in particular has been inspiring to the LGBTQ community in opening up on Twitter and in interviews about being a transgender woman. She is the first transgender competitor to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, where the top players from each season compete.
Schneider is winning fans over for other reasons, including her active, engaging Twitter feed, where she writes about her cat, Meep, and her girlfriend, Genevieve, and an infinite number about history, science, or pop culture. It reveals its techniques for absorbing facts.
Speaking of which, Schneider showed off his knowledge of the famous explorers on Friday night.
The final perplexing question was: “‘Norwegian Independence Day’ and ‘a vast blue ocean’ are mentioned in Chapter 1 of the 1948 book by this man.” Schneider correctly answered, “Who is Heyerdahl?”
As Schneider clearly knew, Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, best known for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, sailing 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft. used to travel from South America to the island of Tuamotu in French. Polynesia. His 1948 book, “The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Rough Across the South,” described how ancient people could have made long voyages across the open sea.
Such knowledge escaped Schneider’s Friday Night rivals, speech-language pathologist Sean Sweeney and social studies teacher Patsy Lester. They respectively answered incorrectly, “Who is Hemingway?” and “Who is Winston Churchill?”