Amy Schneider talks 'Jeopardy!' fame, being her 'true self' on quiz show

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A general view on the set of the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping on April 17, 2010 in Culver City, California. Photo credit (Getty Images)
By , KCBS Radio

Fresh off tying the mark for the second-most consecutive wins in "Jeopardy!" history, Amy Schneider appeared on "Good Morning America" to discuss her historic run.

"It's been a lot but it's mostly been just really fun," Schneider told host George Stephanopoulos in an interview when asked about her new found-fame.

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Schneider, already the most successful female contestant in the show's 58-year history, tied Matt Amodio on Friday for the second most consecutive wins all-time with 38, trailing only Ken Jennings' iconic 74-game run in 2004.

The Ohio native will vie for sole possession of the second spot during Monday's episode, hoping to also build on the $1.3 million she's earned during her over two months on the program.

As far as the secret to her "Jeopardy!" success, the 42-year-old software engineer said it's simply due to "just being curious and spending my life learning a lot of stuff."

In high school, she was voted the most likely student to appear on "Jeopardy!" said Schneider. "I expected to be on the show, just never expected to do this well."

As all "Jeopardy!" fans know, the key to show success is not only broad, expansive knowledge, but also mastering the proper buzzer technique. Schneider said that she scrapped a strategy she used during the first few games which "wasn't working out" in favor of a technique that requires less thinking and is more based on "instinct" and "feel." Since then, she said, she's been "really good" at the buzzer.

What's been the most rewarding part of the experience for Schneider?

"The best part for me is being on TV as my true self and expressing myself and representing the entire community of trans people and just kind of showing a different thing than maybe some people have seen," she explained. "Just being a smart confident woman and just doing something super normal like being on "'Jeopardy!'."

Schneider was not sure what's next in her life whenever her historic streak ends, but said she is thinking about it. "Do I want to write a book? What other opportunities might be out there? I'm really exploring that," she said.

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