AMANDA STEADMAN joked it was her 15 minutes of fame but the memories will last a lifetime.
Steadman appeared as a contestant on the popular game show Jeopardy on Thursday.
She had travelled to Culver City, Calif., to participate in taping the show on Dec. 5, 2012, at the Sony studio. Bound by a confidentiality agreement, she could not talk about how she did until it was over.
"I placed third (of three contestants)," the 56-year-old Winnipegger said after Thursday's show ended. "So I'm done. You had to win to keep going."
Steadman said Jeopardy was her favourite show growing up so it was a thrill to earn the opportunity to be a contestant on the show.
Steadman's Jeopardy journey started in January 2012 when she applied to take the online contestants' test. She was then selected for September's audition at Chicago, which included screen and written tests.
She was chosen to participate in the show's Dec. 5 taping.
Steadman, who paid her own flight and accommodations to both the Chicago audition and the show's taping in California, won $1,000 for being a contestant.
"I'm not saying I didn't want to win. I did. But I knew going in that for a variety of reasons, the odds weren't necessarily in my favour," she said.
"But I would do it in a heartbeat again, with the same thing happening, and still be happy. It's just been nothing but a positive experience."
Throughout the qualification process last year, Steadman said she experienced disbelief each time she moved forward.
"It was a dream come true. It started over a year ago but it was sort of unreal in so far as it was the first time I tried to get on and I did," Steadman said.
She said she met one man during the Jeopardy taping last year who had been trying since 1984 to get on the show.
"Every step that I went it was like, 'Seriously, I made it this far?' I'm not being modest. I just really didn't think Canadians would necessarily be their first choice and the tests and stuff, you don't know if you did that great or not," she said.