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Christie Volkmer (37); Jodi Wincheski (40)
Hometown: Choctaw, Okla./ Houston, Texas
Occupation: Flight Attendants
Relationship: Flight Attendants


These two savvy flight attendants met while working on a Southwest Airlines flight six years ago where they made an instant connection. Both admit to being extremely competitive and determined to win.

Christie and Jodi agree they have different personalities, but are confident these differences will be used as a strength on the Race. Christie claims that she is more analytical while Jodi is the reactive one. Her biggest pet peeve about Jodi is that she reacts too fast, while Jodi’s pet peeve with Christie is that she asks too many questions.

Christie, who recently married, describes herself as realistic, opportunistic and street-smart. Her primary motivation for running the Race is to challenge herself and to have an experience of a lifetime before she settles down and starts a family.

Jodi is using this experience to test what she is made of. As a divorced, single mother, she lives for her daughter and wants to prove to her that you can accomplish any goal you set your mind to. She describes herself as strong-willed, determined and independent. Jodi enjoys beach volleyball, snow skiing and traveling.

During their 25 years of combined traveling experience, Christie and Jodi have become well-versed in all the ins-and-outs of the travel industry and they’re eager to put that valuable knowledge to good use


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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 09:12:24 AM »
I don't really like this team for now, but my feelings for them might change throughout the entire course of the race though. They are a neutral team for now, not a pre-season favourite.

And TAR's determined to get an all-female team to win.

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During their 25 years of combined traveling experience, Christie and Jodi have become well-versed in all the ins-and-outs of the travel industry and they’re eager to put that valuable knowledge to good use.

Hope they do well! :jumpy:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 09:18:42 AM »
A while back, I pegged Kelly and Christy as the next Dustin and Kandice. These girls look like they could be the next Kelly and Christy. This is not a good thing. I think these girls will make error after error, stick around for a while, and eventually lose out after one of their strongest legs. They are experienced in air travel though, so that could afford them some Steve and Dave type advantages.

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 09:32:27 AM »
Yup, i got the 6th and 7th place vibes from them.
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009, 09:42:41 AM »
 :yess:One of the final 3 teams! No doubt about it! :jumpy:


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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 11:25:58 AM »
It is specially nice to finally get to hear this team! We have known about them the longest of any of the teams, I think, and I feel like they are "friends" already! They look as though they have a great team rapport, and all that travel experience should definitely help them along the way. Can't wait to see more! :hearts:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 12:35:07 PM »
I agree with Peach. I think their airport experiences will help when they have to travel by air. They speak the airport language, but with fewer flights this season, can they actually finish high in the pack?
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009, 12:59:25 PM »
Do Like them but dont want them high in the game!

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009, 01:41:50 PM »
idk, I sense they'll have really bad luck and be the first out
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009, 06:58:50 PM »
I don't know why, but I think they will outlast the doublemints and make the F3. They won't win though.

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2009, 09:01:50 PM »
They should be interesting to see in the airports. I'll keep my eye on them, but I'm not really sure how I feel about them yet.

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 09:52:19 PM »
Yup, i got the 6th and 7th place vibes from them.
Yeah, they're not getting too far.  Fifth or sixth team eliminated, at best.  Third or fourth team eliminated, at worst.
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2009, 11:26:43 PM »
The photos below are from Jodi to share on the forum  :hearts:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2009, 12:11:19 AM »
Oh y'all look so cute! Thanks for sharing Jodi! :ty3:

I think y'all will be a whole lot of fun to watch!
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2009, 01:56:24 AM »
Thanks, Jodi!  Great pics!

Hope you both last a good few legs so I can enjoy you for as long as possible!
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2009, 08:01:36 AM »
And what nice legs they are! Oh, you're talking about something else.  :carryon: :carryon: :carryon:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2009, 08:35:06 AM »
 :funny: ^^ They will run many good legs with their beautiful legs, does that work? :funny:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2009, 08:47:13 AM »


Their theme song perhaps?

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2009, 09:06:47 AM »
Thanks for the pics, Jodi.
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2009, 09:20:29 AM »
Their theme song perhaps?
Or this one. "Legs" - ZZ Top

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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2009, 09:30:14 AM »
Great choice, TARAsiaFan. Since she and ZZ are from Houston. And she has got some LEGS too.
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2009, 09:47:10 AM »
Now I'm in a pickle. I'm going to have to follow my Amazing Race OCD and find songs for every team now.

I hope your all happy!

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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2009, 10:25:31 AM »
Now I'm in a pickle. I'm going to have to follow my Amazing Race OCD and find songs for every team now.

I hope your all happy!
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2009, 12:23:35 PM »
Please, don't make me hurt you  :knuckles:

Now that is really funny!!! :funny: :funny: :funny:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2009, 12:28:26 PM »
Please, don't make me hurt you  :knuckles:

Now that is really funny!!! :funny: :funny: :funny:

It won't be, though! :lol3:
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2009, 01:30:05 PM »
No, and puddin has a taser!
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2009, 01:18:51 PM »
I love them! They are so quick too.

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2009, 09:05:39 PM »
They are a strong team and i'm glad they stayed for leg 1!! :jumpy: :hearts:
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2009, 10:11:17 PM »
They are a strong team and i'm glad they stayed for leg 1!! :jumpy: :hearts:
Yeah, so am I!  That was certainly a close one, but for not giving up when they were so far behind alone, they deserved to make it to the next leg over Preston & Jennifer!

It's kind of surprising, though, that they went from first place due to something train-related to last place from something else train-related.  Still, glad they're still with us another week!
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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2009, 10:13:57 PM »
Do you think they have an advantage of carrying a trolley bag instead of a backpack ?  :groan:

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« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2009, 10:20:31 PM »
Their trolley bag turns into a backpack when needed, I love it! :yess:

And I loved how brave Jodi was about the bungy, and how supportive Christy was for her, and she even cried a little for her...

And I thought they were awesome with the cheese! They made up a lot of time there!

Love these ladies, can't wait to see more! :hearts:
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« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2009, 10:45:46 PM »
Their trolley bag turns into a backpack when needed, I love it! :yess:

And I loved how brave Jodi was about the bungy, and how supportive Christy was for her, and she even cried a little for her...

And I thought they were awesome with the cheese! They made up a lot of time there!

Love these ladies, can't wait to see more! :hearts:

Before the premier, they were my least fave all-female team. Now they're in fact on-par with the other 2.. just that there's no space in my banner to include yet another team. :lol:
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« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2009, 12:36:16 AM »
Oklahoman starts ‘The Amazing Race’ strong, but …
Posted by televisionon February 16, 2009 at 7:19 am   

Christie Volkmer from Choctaw was this close to being eliminated on the Season 14 premiere episode of “The Amazing Race.”
   She and teammate Jodi Wincheski of Houston, both flight attendants for Southwest Airlines, started off strong, reaching the race’s first destination — Locarno, Switzlerland — in first place. But they were in sixth place when they reached the first road block — a bungee jump off Verzasca Dam, which Jodi did while Christie cried nervously — and they were the last to complete the task of transporting 200 pounds of cheese down a hill at Kleine Rugen Weise.
   But they knew what to do to stay in the race, and that was run as fast as they could in the final stretch to the pit stop in Stechelberg. They finished about 10 paces ahead of Preston and Jennifer from Columbia, S.C.
   Christie also knows what attracts viewers to “The Amazing Race,” which has won all six Emmy Awards handed out for outstanding reality-competition program.
   “I see people come on (the plane) and they are stressed to the max,” she said. “By the time they check in at the gate, go through security, then are selected to do more security, they’re frustrated, they’re running late and they’re at each other’s throats. And they’re going on vacation. They’re supposed to be happy.
   “The formula for the race spans over such a long period of time and you’re exhausted, you’re hungry, you’re tied, you’re mad at yourself, you’re mad at your teammate and you’re trying to be strong for each other. It’s interesting for people to watch the relationships unfold and how people grow within it. And they might relate to one or more of the teams in their own life and the way they deal with their family and friends.”


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« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2009, 12:40:52 AM »
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  “I see people come on (the plane) and they are stressed to the max,” she said. “By the time they check in at the gate, go through security, then are selected to do more security, they’re frustrated, they’re running late and they’re at each other’s throats. And they’re going on vacation. They’re supposed to be happy.

Love their race style! :hearts:
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« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2009, 05:37:23 AM »
'Amazing Race' rival returns to Salem for episode


Saturday, February 28, 2009 KRISTI TURNQUISTThe Oregonian Staff
Competitors on the hit CBS show "The Amazing Race" are always surprised to find out where they're headed next. But one of this season's contestants knows just where she'll be Sunday -- her hometown, Salem.

Jodi Wincheski is among the cast in the 14th season of the Emmy-winning show, in which teams compete to arrive first at round-the-world destinations and to complete various tasks.

Wincheski will be in Salem to gather with family and friends for a public viewing party of the third episode of this edition of "The Amazing Race." It's a homecoming for Wincheski, who grew up in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1986.

 
 
Though she now lives in Houston, Wincheski follows in the footsteps of Oregonians Anita and Arthur Jones, the Eugene couple who competed on the 13th season of "The Amazing Race."

Under CBS rules, Wincheski can't talk about the show until or unless she's eliminated. But her father, Ned Kanoff, recalls that his daughter got an early start on traveling.

"I was working in Alaska back then," recalls Kanoff, who now lives in Stayton. "So she was born in Salem, but we took her to Alaska when she was an infant. She's been flying for a lot of years."

Wincheski continues to rack up air miles, not only on "The Amazing Race" but as a flight attendant. Her teammate on the show is a fellow flight attendant, Christie Volkmer.

A divorced, single mother, Wincheski has said she wanted to compete on "The Amazing Race" as an example for her daughter about the power of pursuing your goals. So far, it's been a challenge. On the first episode alone, Wincheski flew to Zurich, Switzerland; took a train to Locarno, Switzerland; performed a 70-story bungee jump; and transported 50-pound wheels of cheese down a steep, slippery hillside.

Wincheski and her teammate finished second from the bottom on the first episode, and again on the second episode. Will they survive the third episode? Viewers will learn the answer Sunday night.

No matter what happens, Ned Kanoff says his daughter is a natural-born Amazing Racer. "It didn't surprise me at all that she would want to get on a show like that," Kanoff says. "Jodi has always been real competitive."

"The Amazing Race" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on KOIN (6). The public viewing party is at Top Dog Sports Bar & Grill, 1798 12th St. S.E., Salem, 503-586-0245.

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Re: • TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2009, 05:52:33 AM »
Hmm.  Going to a hometown viewing party?  Wonder if it's because she and Christie get eliminated this Sunday?
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« Reply #37 on: February 28, 2009, 10:07:43 AM »
Doesn't mean anything. Kynt & Vxysin held viewing parties throughout TAR12.
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« Reply #38 on: February 28, 2009, 11:58:54 PM »
Good luck Christie and Jodi! Happy RACE DAY!  :wohoo:


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« Reply #39 on: March 15, 2009, 08:55:34 PM »
Saved by the NEL!  :hearts:

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« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2009, 12:45:45 AM »
I'm glad they made it.  I hope they can make it past the Speed Bump next week, though.
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« Reply #41 on: March 23, 2009, 02:16:06 AM »
Best team of the season... for me anyways.

I shall miss them racing!  :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #42 on: March 23, 2009, 09:24:19 AM »
Best team of the season... for me anyways.

I shall miss them racing!  :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Same feeling here, hakushu8, they will be missed. I hope they decided to have a viewing party here in BigD before the season is over. I know they are here a lot, being SWA FA's.
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2009, 01:13:52 PM »
I'll miss them.  If that horrible driver of theirs hadn't stopped for gas, they'd have beaten Mark & Michael despite their Speed Bump.
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« Reply #44 on: March 23, 2009, 01:38:07 PM »
I was sad to see them go and yeah I blame the God forsaking cab driver  :groan:. As always, I hate when a teams fate is not left in their hands because of lousy transportation  :'(
They are good racers and have nothing to be ashamed of and could hold their heads high! I am sure their families are very proud of them :<3

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« Reply #45 on: March 23, 2009, 02:28:18 PM »
I'll definitely miss Christie & Jodi. Very tenacious racers and were always fighting to the end. Never gave up and always had hope to the end. :tup:

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« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2009, 05:43:05 PM »
I will miss them a lot. They were Team Perseverence for this season. Now we have to watch Mark & Michael copy Dandrew even more.

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« Reply #47 on: March 23, 2009, 10:58:00 PM »
Mark and Mike for the Boot next!

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« Reply #48 on: March 23, 2009, 11:24:35 PM »
Their MOST GLORIOUS moment should be kept in this thread...  :jam:

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« Reply #49 on: March 23, 2009, 11:36:53 PM »
I was sad to see them go and yeah I blame the God forsaking cab driver  :groan:. As always, I hate when a teams fate is not left in their hands because of lousy transportation  :'(
Prepare to hate him even more.  He also drove a half-hour in the wrong direction right out of the airport, and that was in addition to him having to stop for gas.  Jodi said as much in a post-show interview.
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« Reply #50 on: March 23, 2009, 11:45:14 PM »
Amazing Race's Christie and Jodi Talk Taxis, Thongs and Tight Finishes

Southwest Airlines flight attendants Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski made their last trip around the Amazing Race globe Sunday, becoming the fifth team to be axed this season. Saved from elimination last week, the duo fell behind early in India and their extra Speed Bump task certainly didn't help matters. Find out exactly how close they were to making it to Thailand, how they kept their cool and what it was really like running in Russia in a thong. 

TVGuide.com: What happened after you left he airport? You were second to leave and then you stopped for gas.
Jodi: We had a taxi driver that took us, once again, 30 minutes in the wrong direction. We went toward Pushkar and our driver insisted even though we said Dhula Village, but he thought for sure we were going to Pushkar. That was the big thing. The gas [we had to stop for] was just the icing on the cake!

TVGuide.com: Had you considered getting a new cab or were there none around?
Jodi: You just can't because they take you to such remote areas that there are no cabs. You can't switch because there's nothing out there. I mean, there's a camel. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: You guys seemed to have bad luck traveling. You rocked at the tasks and then all these other factors did you in. How did you keep calm?

Christie: Thank you! We were proud of ourselves about the tasks.
Jodi: You just have to know that you don't have a choice. Getting all upset and angry doesn't do anything for your team. It just gets you more upset and angry. And it doesn't do any good to yell at your cab driver or anyone else because he's not doing it on purpose. He's just trying to help.
Christie: We get it on the plane a lot [as flight attendants]. We get a lot of attitude. We're like, "Listen, we're trying to help you. Don't scream at me."

TVGuide.com: How long did the Speed Bump take you?
Jodi: Maybe a good 30 minutes because traffic was really bad. By the time we finished the Roadblock, we were probably a couple minutes behind. The Speed Bump just took up another 30, so we were like, "Dang it!" Luckily, it took Mike and Mark quite some time with their barrel Detour, but when it was all said and done, we hit the mat two minutes after Mike and Mark. That was pretty hard.

TVGuide.com: What happened at the end? They showed you leaving your Detour before Mike and Mark left theirs.
Jodi: We had the fantastic cab driver! But also, they were about a mile and a half closer. I was pretty upset. I was trying to come up with everything in my power to make up time on the tasks. [At the Roadblock] I grabbed two buckets for the water, carried them [back to the trough] and they said I could only dump one.
Christie:
It was frustrating because if you could stuff hay down your bra and carry it, I don't know why you couldn't carry two buckets.

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Christie, we have to talk about you running in your underwear last week.
Jodi: The clue said "strip down to your skivvies" and that's what Christie did. Several other teams changed into their swimsuit bottoms. It didn't say you could change! So I'm very proud of her for doing that.
Christie: I got a lot of friend requests on Facebook the next day. I was so cold that I forgot I was running in my thong. By the end of it, it's a G-string because it's moved! [Laughs] It was uncomfortable and I was freezing and there wasn't much I could do, especially with the cameramen on me.

TVGuide.com:
Well, they were behind you too.
Christie: Oh, I know! Coming up the stairs into the auditorium, one of the guys said, "I think I saw your grandchildren." [Laughs] I was like, "I know, I don't care anymore!"

TVGuide.com: Did you get a lot of cat calls?
Christie: It was crazy. People yelling, screaming and whistling. Camera phones were out. That was OK. The worst part was passing these women that were 55 and 60 and looking at me like, "You little slut," you know? [Laughs] That was the hard part — like I actually chose to go do that!

TVGuide.com: Did you have any alliances with any teams?
Christie: No, we tried to work a few times with Tammy and Victor just when we saw them. But we didn't form an alliance because there's a lot of commitment attached to it.
Jodi: Part of the whole race was for us to be able to accomplish it on our own. And we don't know these people. Just because somebody says something to be true, we don't know that's the case.

TVGuide.com: Did you find that a lot of people lied to you or lied to other teams?
Christie: I don't know if anyone lied to our face, but there was a general consensus that Jaime and Cara were telling people that we were saying not to work with them — which never happened. But we've cleared that up since the Race.

TVGuide.com: Who were you cheering for after you got eliminated?
Jodi: Kisha and Jennifer or Mike and Mel.
Christie: Obviously, we want a girl team to win, and Jennifer and Kisha were such good sports that were always telling us during tasks, "Good job, ladies." We didn't really get that camaraderie with Jaime and Cara that we got with them.
Jodi: They're strong, but they're classy. Also, I just really love Mike and Mel because they were positive all the time. Mel was one of the people I trusted most in the Race because I knew that he wasn't going to lie to me.
Christie: I've had so many people call me and tell me they're pulling for those two. My mom's 68, which is Mel's age, so I was really impressed with him. And to see Mike so worried about his dad — I just really appreciated that relationship.

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #51 on: March 24, 2009, 07:02:40 AM »
Oh Christie and Jodi!!  :kuss:

That was an amazing heroic comeback attempt! To do the whole leg, suffer with a bad taxi driver, throw in a Speedbump, and STILL finish only minutes behind just shows what amazing racers you two ladies are!!  :hearts:

We loved your spirit and are so sorry to see y'all go!!
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« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2009, 07:03:57 AM »
Exit Interview:

‘The Amazing Race 14′: Christie and Jodi are heading home


The day after their elimination from the sixth lap of “The Amazing Race 14,” flight attendants Christie Volkmer (left), 37, and Jodi Wincheski, 40, chatted about their experience on the CBS series and how painting a trunk of an elephant in India helped them recover from some rough days in the competition.

Q: I really thought you were going to avoid elimination last night.

Christie: It was hard to watch. Even though we knew what was going to happen, it was really painful to watch. My entire family was here. I wouldn’t tell them when and anything would happen.
Jodi: We [lost] by two minutes.

Q: Jodi, last evening you kept talking about your daughter and how running “The Amazing Race” would show her that she can do anything in life. How old is she?

Jodi: My daughter is 11. She was sitting next to me on the couch, and she started crying, and I started crying. We were a big mess of tears. But it is good to watch it with her, and it’s a really good experience with her.


Q: I would have loved to be able to do that Speed Bump where you got to paint the elephant.

Christie: I love animals. I have a parrot, rabbit and dogs — so to be able to get that close up to an elephant and touch it. It was so nice to be that close up and look him right in the eyes.

Jodi: He was moving his trunk around.

Christie: Animals are very therapeutic, and we had such a tough time the last couple of days so to be able to pet the animal was therapeutic for me.

Q: Did you two have a favorite location?

Jodi: I think every place was really pretty. I think every place you go has something cool to take away from it. I was really glad that we went to Russia and India because those are places I probably wouldn’t go on a vacation. So it was amazing to see them and to get thrown into the culture. When you do the race, you don’t have a choice but to really interact with local people, which is really different when you go on vacation.

Christie: India was probably my favorite simply because it was so opposite from our life here as far as the culture and the living arrangements and lifestyles.

Q: Christie, I have to ask you what that was like for you to do that running in your thong underwear and bra in the subzero temperatures in Siberia.

Christie: It was actually fun. At first, it was very intimidating. But once you step out there and you are freezing, you forget that you are embarrassed because you are so cold. The day after, I had [a lot of] requests on Facebook to be friends — all men.

– Susan King, L.A. Times staff writer

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2009, 09:05:53 AM »
The fact that their cab driver took them 30 minutes in the wrong direction and stopped for gas and they still were just two minutes behind Mark & Michael shows me how much they rocked the tasks. They were tremendous. Plus Christie looks great in a thong.  ;D ;D
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2009, 03:23:59 PM »
Exit Interview:

The Amazing Race 14'
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
             
Jodi and Christie fell on some hard luck early on in The Amazing Race 14 and never really recovered.  They fought their way through a number of close finishes and were saved by a non-elimination leg, but, ultimately, it was a speed bump that sealed their fate, as they were eliminated from The Amazing Race on Sunday, finishing their leg in India mere minutes behind the penultimate duo of Mark and Michael.  Christie and Jodi, both flight attendants, met years ago and have been best friends ever since.  Christie is recently married, and perhaps the more optimistic member of the team, while Jodi is a recently divorced single mother.  We had the honor of speaking with the two ladies earlier this morning about their time on The Amazing Race and what it's meant to them.


Below you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview. (Go to article to listen. Interesting tidbit about them getting  business seats reclassified to economy on this past leg)


Jodi and Christie had a great time on the race, by all accounts, but they did stress just how rigorous the race is.  You don't get much sleep, the traveling can be absolutely brutal (on Sunday's show for instance, the teams flew from Siberia to India, connecting twice along the way, and this immensely long flight was portrayed in about six seconds of television), and the emotional wear and tear catches up with you.  Jodi especially stressed this emotional toll, as she dearly missed her family while away on the race.  In terms of editing, Jodi and Christie wished CBS had shown more of their strategic work from early in the season, especailly one instance of shrewd airline negotiations, which they discuss in the above interview.

The biggest thing the ladies took away from the race (and what I imagine most teams take away) is the sense of perspective you receive after spanning the globe.  The small annoyances in life dwindle away, and you come to realize that the big things are what's important.  Not only that, but the race helps people become thankful for the lives they get to lead.  As for the future, Jodi and Christie are back at work as flight attendants, and enjoying their lives with their families.



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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2009, 05:14:44 PM »
I'm so sad they were eliminated. I didn't know if they could make up the time considering they had to do the speedbump but they did great until the taxi took the wrong route. What a difference a few minutes make. They still nearly finished before Mike and Mark, that is a huge accomplishment!
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2009, 10:03:07 PM »
Amazing ladies, indeed. I knew the speedbump was going to be hard to overcome, but they smoked the detour and the roadbloack. In fact, I think that if hadn't been for those taxis they would've easily finished in 4th or 5th place. That shows that they were and are (they'll continue working together) a very strong team. I hadn't rooted for an all-female team since Season 10 when I was rooting for Dustin & Kandice.

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« Reply #57 on: March 25, 2009, 02:08:30 AM »
Rob gave me a sneek peek of Christie & Jodi's rffradio interview! Tomorrow night he will play it during the show  .. it was an awesome interview  :jumpy:

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« Reply #58 on: March 25, 2009, 05:18:29 PM »
I just want them to give me the emergency exit routine. :lol:
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« Reply #59 on: March 25, 2009, 09:47:18 PM »
RealityWanted Exit Interview:

Exclusive Interview with Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski of The Amazing Race

Posted on 03/24/2009 by Gina in Amazing Race 14, Cast Interviews

When a team comes in last in a non-elimination round on The Amazing Race, they may think that they ended up lucking out.  However, finishing at the very bottom of the pack always comes with a penalty.  This week, Christie and Jodi were forced to complete a speed bump, an extra task that no other team has to do, because they were the last team to check in during the previous leg.  Even though they were able to finish their challenge quickly, a lost cab driver ended up costing them the race.  Today, the pair spoke to RealityWanted in an exclusive interview about their time on the show, their friends, enemies, and the perks of being friends with Mike White!

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What made the two of you want to try out for The Amazing Race and whose idea was it?
A. Jodi: I’ve wanted to try out since day one.   Nine years ago, I tried out with my ex and went to the finals in L.A.  They told us that there wasn’t enough drama in our relationship.  Nine years later, I applied with my best friend from high school.  The show said that they’d love to have flight attendants.  Christie and I had been working together for a while and one thing led to another and here we are.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What sort of preparation did you do before going on the show?
A. Christie: We did a lot of upper body workouts.  In the past, women have been at a disadvantage in physical challenges.  I studied German and French and Jodi studied Italian and Portuguese.  We did a lot of work.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What’s the hardest part about being on the race?
A. Jodi: It’s the lack of sleep, coupled with the stress.  Your body takes a hit.
A. Christie: Even when you had the chance to sleep, you couldn’t, especially when you’re at the bottom of the pack.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Some teams have chosen to align themselves with one another this season.  Did you work with anyone?
A. Christie: We shared information with Victor and Tammy but we never really formed an alliance.
A. Jodi: The whole point of going on The Amazing Race was to do this ourselves.  Relying on another team wasn’t part of our strategy.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Was there anything that you saw, watching the show back, that surprised you or that you didn’t know about?
A. Christie: I think the funniest thing was Jamie and Cara.  We didn’t know that they were going around saying that we were telling the other teams not to work with them.  That is not true.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Had you guys not had to deal with the speed bump, do you think you’d still be in the race at this point?
A. Jodi: Oh yeah, we were only two minutes behind Mark and Mike.  The speed bump was a 30 minute task and the cab drive was 30 minutes because we were going the wrong way.
A. Christie: The biggest downfall was that the driver went to the wrong city.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Is there a team left in the race that you’re personally rooting for to win?
A. Christie: Jen and Keesha.  We wanted a female team to win.  They’d good sports, they’re competitive, and they’re good people.  We loved Mel and Mike, too.  They’re very deserving, very good people.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What has life been like since the show started airing and what are your upcoming plans?
A. Jodi: We have fantastic opportunities since the show.  I’ve been recognized at work, at the airport, and out at rodeos, which is a big thing around here.  The best part is that children look at you with awe.  The entire cast just spent a fantastic weekend in L.A.  Mike White threw an L.A. race and all the current teams, as well as past teams, the creator, and the casting director all participated.  We met so many people: Jack Black, Laura Dern, and Shawn Hayes!
A. Christie: My husband wants to go back and really experience the places Jodi and I got to visit.  They’re not places you would normally think of for a vacation.

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #60 on: March 25, 2009, 09:47:52 PM »
Did anyone see them on Bonnie Hunt today? ???
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« Reply #61 on: March 25, 2009, 09:53:38 PM »
Did anyone see them on Bonnie Hunt today? ???
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« Reply #62 on: March 25, 2009, 10:01:57 PM »
I forgot to tape it! Hopefully it will get YouTubed...
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« Reply #63 on: March 25, 2009, 10:07:20 PM »
Here's a pic, can't find video yet...
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #64 on: March 25, 2009, 10:12:42 PM »
My goodness. Both are looking spectacular!  :hearts: :hearts: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya: :luvya:
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« Reply #65 on: March 25, 2009, 10:35:36 PM »
Last time I made a video for Bonnie Hunt it took 2 hours to upload 8 minutes .. but I shall try  :tup:

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #66 on: March 25, 2009, 10:44:53 PM »
I found it! The lovely Christie & Jodi on The Bonnie Hunt Show. Thanks to traveler224

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« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2009, 10:55:51 PM »
Jodi looks really hot!
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« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2009, 11:40:35 PM »
Thank you Derek!! They both look just beautiful, and a great job!!
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« Reply #70 on: March 26, 2009, 07:48:00 AM »
Bonni Hunt giving them complimentary soft drinks was a classy touch. Touche to the many airlines that no longer offer them.

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #71 on: March 26, 2009, 08:21:25 AM »
Southwest still does. At least the last time I rode with them they did.
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« Reply #72 on: March 26, 2009, 11:36:19 AM »
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Exclusive: 'The Amazing Race's Christie Volkmer, Jodi Wincheski talk

   
By John Bracchitta, 03/25/2009

"Flight Attendants" Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski had more than enough experience dealing with problems at airports, but they apparently still have a lot to learn about dealing with bad cab drivers.


After falling from first place to last during the previous leg of the race in part because of a wrong directions and a poor cab driver in Russia, but being spared by the season's first non-elimination leg, Christie, a 37-year-old flight attendant from Choctaw, OK, and Jodi, a 40-year-old flight attendant from Houston, TX, once again fell victim to a poor cab driver in India that resulted in their becoming the fifth team to be eliminated from The Amazing Race 14 during Sunday night's broadcast on CBS.

On Tuesday, Christie and Jodi spoke to Reality TV World about how their experiences as flight attendants came in handy during their time in the Race, what accessory they brought with them they both said helped them much more than was shown on the show, and how they mysteriously fell from sixth place to last place just prior to their elimination in India without any explanation from the show's broadcast.
 
Reality TV World:  To get started, the show really didn't do that good a job of showing it on Sunday, but what happened at the end there? You two left in sixth place and didn't seem to run into many problems but you ended up in last place.

Christie: We ran into big problems.

Jodi: They make it kind of look like it was a stop at the gas station, but really that was not it. When we first left [the airport] we got a really bad taxi driver, and he assumed, he had taken everyone else that had gone to India to this place (unintelligible) where they were having a religious ceremony, that that's where we wanted to go. We told them a million times [to go to] Dhula village and literally 30 minutes after we left the airport we circled back around the airport...

Reality TV World:  No. I'm sorry. I didn't mean right there at the beginning [of the leg]. I meant after you completed the Detour task. I guess it could've just been the editing [and] you guys were at a different [location than them] I guess, but it looked like you guys were ahead of [Mark and Michael Munoz] at that point.

Christie: Right, are you talking about before we did the Speedbump? You know we had to do the Speedbump with elephant.

Reality TV World:  Yeah, maybe my recollection is wrong, I thought you had still finished it...

Christie: Oh, yeah. You're right. We had left ahead. But [Mark and Michael] were about a mile-and-a-half closer to the Pit Stop than we were.

Reality TV World:  Okay so it just came down to...

Jodi: Yeah, and traffic in India is bad. So just being that mile-and-a-half closer and not having to deal with the traffic issues as much put them there before us. But it was a two-minute difference.

Reality TV World:  Yeah, it looked like you two were scrambling up the staircase as they were arriving at the Pit Stop.

Christie: Yeah, it was close, it was close.

Jodi: The biggest difference was our cab driver. And then doing the Speedbump was probably a 30 minute task, because of traffic again. So that gave us kind of an [hour long] problem right there from the beginning. So we ate up a lot of time doing tasks.

Reality TV World:  So the "Shakers" [Detour] task. How long did that take you?

Christie: I'd say that didn't take that long, maybe 20-30 minutes to collect the money.

Jodi: 20 minutes, probably. We were very gracious, we were amazed at how much they were offering.

Reality TV World:  Yeah, a lot of the teams seemed to comment on how nice the locals were to them. Based on that, it sounds like you had the same experience?

Jodi: They were phenomenal. I mean, they had nothing. You saw how they were living, just in poverty based on their standards. But they were having a good time, which was nice, and it just goes to show that you don't need to have a lot of money to have a good time. They were dancing and having a great time and offering up what little they could.

Christie: Yeah, they gave us money and they were very respectful. And I've always been a little hesitant of India because it seems, in past shows, that contestants fall apart in India. It seems typically that it's extremely crowded, people are crying, they feel like everybody's grabbing at them, of course the poverty. Our experience was very positive in India.
 
Reality TV World:  Yeah it kinda seemed like you guys were headed that way with those first initial cab rides out of the airport, there seemed to be a lot of emotion coming from everybody.

Jodi: Yeah, it was a little difficult to communicate, that's for sure.  You definitely see tough thing [to see] on the side of the road. Having traveled before we've unfortunately seen that in different countries and it's horrible, it's really difficult to see, you know cardboard box houses and children... the children get you. It's unfortunate that people are living like that.

Reality TV World:  Before the leg had started there on Sunday night, you both made a point of mentioning how you felt you needed to run that leg perfectly in order to make up ground. Did you think that [cabbie coming out of the airport was your downfall]?

Christie: Absolutely, it was the bad cab. It was just horrible, it was such a sinking feeling when we drove right by the airport we had just left 30 minutes earlier. And he still didn't know where he was going, he had to stop a million times for directions. And really, the gas station, we needed gas at that point! I mean, we had been driving forever, so he was still asking for directions at the gas station.

Jodi: And even with the 30 minute Speedbump and the 30 minute -- minimum -- cab delay, we still came within two minutes at the end. So it was most definitely the cab.

Reality TV World:  Just going back a week to the previous episode there, how did you guys end up at the wrong church during the "Russian Bride" Detour task? Was that another cab problem?

Jodi: No. The local that told us... we showed him the name of the church and he said "Oh absolutely, I know where that is, I'm going in that direction." So we said "Great we'll follow you" and he drove us right to that church, which was another thirty minutes out of the way. That was a pretty church, but it was not the right church.

You kinda have to trust the locals, you think they would know, but in that case he was dead wrong (Pauses) Especially when they say "Yes! I know where that is" and that they will take you there. I mean, you're not gonna go "No. We don't believe you, we're not sure."

Reality TV World:  What made you guys decide to do "Russian Bride" instead of the snowplow task?

Christie: Apparently they don't stop and ask for directions as gas stations in Russia. The snowplow [location] was written in English, the name of the place, and people don't understand English in Russia and we asked several people how to find that and they didn't know what we were talking about so we switched to the "Bride" because the address was written in Russian and we thought we might have a better chance getting someone to tell us where something was if they could understand the location.
 
Reality TV World:  You had actually started that leg in first place, from what I recall, and you obviously ended up in last with the non-elimination there. Do you think that is what caused you  to have that big drop?

Both: Yeah.

Jodi: I mean a 30 minute delay outside the city is a big deal when you go to the wrong church. IT was just (sighs)

Reality TV World:  From [the departure time shown] on Sunday night it looked like you actually ended up getting to the Pit Stop [for that leg] a couple of hours after the next closest team.

Jodi: Well, the guy that took us to the wrong church, he left after that, so not only are we 30 minutes outside of the city at the wrong church, but now we gotta find our way back into town and find the right church. So that was 30 minutes out, but then there's an hour trying to get back and figure out you bearings.

Christie: We had a heck of a time getting around in Russia. the guy took us to the wrong church and took us forever out of the way, and that sucked, but at the same time we could not find our way around Russia. We could not find anyone who speaks English, and we would get these maps that are like "cirle-line-circle-line-circle" and we're like "What in the world does that mean?"

There were no blocks, and everyone we ran into seemed to be drunk. And their concept of distance is much different than our concept of distance. They'd be like "It's 15 minutes down the road," and literally we had to throw the breaks on because no, it wasn't 15 minutes -- well maybe walking -- but it was literally a minute-and-a-half down the road. When we finally found the church the last person told us to drive down 15 minutes on a street, and we were there in a minute-and-a-half.

Jodi: The only reason we knew it is because I said "What does it look like?" and he said it was blue and gold. We saw a blue church and said "That has got to be it, finally."

Reality TV World:  Christie, can you talk a little bit about your reaction to that underwear run Roadblock challenge?

Christie: (Laughs) Well, it was actually kind of fun. I mean, people were yelling and having a good time and honking. you were really too cold to be embarrassed, it was just frigid. And I mean, when I first found out that I had to strip down into my thong I thought they were gonna give me a little outfit to put on that everyone had to wear. I didn't know that it would be what you were wearing.

So it was a little intimidating at first, but it was actually okay. Especially when I watched it and was thankful that  they put that blurry stuff over my butt.

The thing about that too is that the clue says "Strip down to your skivvies" and we found out after the fact that they let some people change into their swimsuit bottoms. I asked and was like "I have a thong, are you kidding me?" and they said "It says your skivvies" and wouldn't let me change, but they let... Well [Jennifer Hoffman] didn't have anything on, so they had to let her put something on. But they let [Tammy Jih] and [Cara Rosenthal] change into swimsuit bottoms and boy shorts.
 
Reality TV World:  Jodi, what was your reaction? Did you think you had dodged a bullet?

Jodi: I was actually really upset at that point, because I thought that it was basically an attempt to humiliate people and I didn't think that... I don't know. It was one of those things that they do for television.

But I was upset about that task, I had thought that it would bother Christie more than it did because she had told me earlier on that she did not want to be in a situation like that. So I just felt for her and was upset about the whole situation. But it turned out to be okay.

Reality TV World:  But that was one of those things where, at the time you made the decision of who was gonna do it you didn't know exactly what the task was, correct?

Jodi: Oh no, we had no idea. All we knew was...

Christie: (Interrupting) We had kinda decided that if it was something silly like that, that I as gonna do it because I was upset last season when they did the wrestling like "Oh, why couldn't they have had that for our season," because I like the silly, goofy stuff. So we kinda decided that [I would handle those challenges]

Jodi: And [the clue] said "Who has no shame?" and I'm like "Okay you go." (Laughs) Because I don't like goofy, silly stuff at as much, and Christie loves it so it was a no brainer. And I also had the finger issue, so they made me go to medical and I didn't want to take any more delays than we already had.

Reality TV World:  Yeah we didn't see much of the finger on this week's episode, so I assume it didn't end up becoming a significant factor?

Jodi: Nah. It wasn't a really big deal. I mean, everyone's got their finger slammed in a door before. I got a cute little scar so I have a memory forever. (Laughs).

Reality TV World:  Christie, based on your post-show comments, it almost seemed like you relished being in the underdog role after finishing last in that non-elimination leg. Was that the case?

Christie: Well, when you're in front there's a sense of complacency that sort of sets in. I mean we were always trying to stay at the top of our game and trying to be competitive. But when you're on the bottom you have to fight, and there is something inside of you that comes out that makes you fight even harder, that maybe you might not have come out if you were in the Top 3. So we did seem to perform very, very well when we were at the bottom and in survival mode.

Reality TV World:  Except for that last leg.

(Christie laughs)

Jodi: The other thing about survival mode is that you're kind of on your own when you're at the bottom. It's all up to you, so it's just you overcoming the obstacle ahead, and doing that is a great thing. Whereas on the top there are a couple of other teams, you can all work together and it's kind of easy and it's like "What do you think?" and "How do you approach this?" When you're on the bottom it's just you.

Reality TV World:  You two had that leg in where Russia you ended up losing your lead essentially because you all got bunched at the train station [but] then you actually ended up benefited [from another bunching] on this week's episode where your last place finish ended up being wiped out when you all ended up flying on the same flight into India. Do you think that's kind of like karmic payback and it all evened out in the end?

Jodi: You know, the logistics choice honestly on the train, because if all the teams don't make that train it could be another 24 hour difference, so I think that was a logistics choice to get you further into Russia, that's what they had to do for the show.

But the very, very first episode we come in first and it's not a Pit Stop, it's just an overnight. Then the very next morning, and we were ahead, we all leave within 15 minutes of each other. So it's definitely gone both ways when it's like "Well why couldn't this be a Pit Stop" and then we're all bunched together, or you're behind and you all get bunched back together.

It's just kinda the way it is, pretty much, on the show. they bunch people. The only time that we really woulda loved to have been bunched back together was after the first leg [and] going into the second one. It was a one day event, so there wasn't any time to make up there. It was really hard, we really had to fight just to get into the last place again.

Reality TV World:  Did your flight attendant backgrounds end up being as much as an advantage as you had hoped they would be before the race?  It didn't seem like there ended up being a lot of examples of that in the episodes.

Christie: Right, we were wishing they would show a little more of it, because we made a lot of good decisions when it came to flights, they didn't really air those. But that as well as the communication skills we have, being able to walk up and approach anyone and feel comfortable talking to them was definitely an asset.

Reality TV World:  Could you go into a little bit more detail? Do you mean as far as getting on flights or [do you mean smaller things like] where you end up sitting on the plane [and] being able to get off quicker?

Christie: Just for an example, on this flight, and there were a couple different places where this really, really helped us in Moscow, and only three teams made their connection. The reason we made the connection is because we really researched the flights and we found a flight that gave up enough time to get through. There were several teams that gave themselves an hour-and-a-half, and you can't get through customs in an hour-and-a-half in Moscow. So that was a big deal there, that was huge for us.

In this last leg, which you don't see is that when we get to the airport, we were the last ones to leave, and there were no seats available in economy. And we got the counter [to] actually call corporate and they reclassified some [of the seats] from business to economy so that we could purchase them.

Reality TV World:  So that experience, was that what you felt was unique with what you brought [to the Race] or did you bring anything else? I know in the past we've seen people deciding to bring whistles and actual physical items to help them out.

Christie: Our roller bags were definitely an asset. Again, they didn't show a lot of the airport scenes and so they didn't show us literally flying by people with our roller bags while they were struggling, the girls especially with their backpacks. Some of the girls were like "Wow I wish I would've thought of that."

Reality TV World:  So you do think the roller bags were an asset? Because there's been a lot of discussion about [how practical] those [were] 

Jodi: I know. It's so funny because people talk and they have no idea what they're talking about because they didn't have to carry them or hold them. But they are fully convertible, they can convert into a backpack.

There were a couple of times we would carry them, but I don't have a very good back, so carrying around a backpack for a month would've been difficult for me. It [would've] thrown my back out. So for me it was invaluable. And also, like Christie said, we could just fly by people, and we could pick them up on stairs if we needed to. We can change them into backpacks.

Reality TV World:  A lot of people really seemed surprised that [Margie and Luke Adams] ended up using the U-Turn on [Amanda Blackledge] and [Kris Kilcka].  Can you talk about your own reactions, and whether it changed your opinions of them at all?   

Christie: We were surprised.

Jodi: Yeah, we thought that it was it was a team fighting for their life at the bottom that would use [the U-Turn].

Christie: Jodi and I, we decided before we left that we wanted to play a fair and honest game and to just have our integrity intact and, in the event that we did win, we could be proud of how we achieved it. We had talked about the U-Turn and we were not gonna use it unless it was do-or-die and we were at the bottom and struggling we weren't gonna U-Turn a team just to get them out of the race. We wanted to win it fair and square. We were a bit shocked.

Jodi: It is part of the game, and it was a strategic choice and I don't fault them for doing that. It was just surprising at that time, everybody was getting along really well, you didn't necessarily want to put a target on your back. They didn't need to use it at that point and you only get to use one through the entire race, so we felt like it would be somebody at the bottom. Using it to save yourself is sort of acceptable, you're doing it to stay in the game. It was just a little bit surprising when they used it when they did.

Reality TV World:  So do you think it did make them a target?

Jodi: It made everybody go "Wow, they're in to win." When it comes down to it you're not going to trust that they're not going to do whatever they need to do to win for sure, which is true... I don't know.

Christie: (Unintelligible) [Cara Rosenthal] and [Jaime Edmondson] from Day 1 latched onto them. When they came in third in that first leg, they were basically going to their side. I don't think Luke and Margie could shake Jaime and Cara if they wanted to. (Laughs) So it depends on the team, probably [Victor Jih] and Tammy didn't trust them at that point, I know we were a little leery at that point. But just depending on the team and the dynamics and depending on the camaraderie that you have. (unintelligible)

Jodi: And after doing that wood stacking, that was long and hard and tedious, and so to make somebody do that and then make them turn around and do the [other challenge] you knew you were going to be personally responsible for kicking somebody out of The Race.

Reality TV World:  You both talked about your own specific reasons for deciding to come onto the show [after you were eliminated] -- but whose idea was it? Was this the first time you have applied for [the show] or had you done it before?

Jodi: I had wanted to do it from the very first show that I'd ever seen. I actually applied with my ex-husband I think about nine years ago. We went to the finals, [but] they didn't think we had enough drama between the two of us. So it was the matter of finding the right partner again and reading what they were looking for the show as well.

Christie: And as far as I'm concerned, I wanted to apply with my husband. He and I were really excited about it, but he's not a U.S. citizen so he wasn't able to apply. So it was, like Jodi said, just kinda waiting on the right person to come along.

http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/exclusive-the-amazing-race-christie-volkmer-jodi-wincheski-talk-8676.php
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #73 on: March 26, 2009, 02:21:46 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong but no one has mentioned that they were the first all-female team to have won a leg since TAR All-Stars

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #74 on: March 26, 2009, 05:11:33 PM »
From CTV:

Minutes from elimination, flight attendants come up short
Tyrone Warner, CTV.ca

After coming in last place on the previous leg of The Amazing Race, Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski were given another chance. However, the penalty they faced was too steep, and they became the next team eliminated from the race around the world.


Leaving Siberia behind and heading to India, the flight attendants were given an extra road block task as their penalty. But after completing the additional challenge, painting an elephant, the team arrived just minutes after the second-last team, and were eliminated.


Jodie tells CTV.ca about how luck factored into their race, and why she thinks an all-female team still hasn't won The Amazing Race.


So how does it feel to be eliminated after going so far in the race?
     It's tough to come in last, but I'm glad we got as far as we did. We got to see so many different places and cultures.

How much do you think luck factored into the race?
     In our case, we had a lot of bad luck. Our cab driver, taking us 30 minutes outside of the city, was something we couldn't control, and that's frustrating. When it comes to the race, there's skill involved, but luck is a huge element too.

Do you think bad luck affects every team equally?
     No, I don't. Some people get good luck, some get bad luck, and some get both.

Are you disappointed that an all-girl team still hasn't won the Amazing Race? Any theories why?
      We'd love to see an all-girl team win, and it's possible. But the race does favour male teams in certain challenges. There's a lot of upper body strength required, especially in challenges which require lifting 200 pounds. But that doesn't mean you can't overcome that, and you can't make up time on other tasks.

Maybe the Amazing Race needs to recruit a female body-building team!
     That's right. You've got to be strong, fast, smart, well-travelled and worldly. There are so many aspects of the race, but men tending to win over women, it's usually in the strength portion they push ahead.

Did your background as Flight Attendants help you at all on the race?
     It did. We fly for Southwest, which is domestic, so we haven't had a lot of international travel experience. However, there were certain things that were huge for us that didn't get shown because its airport related and the show seemed to steer away from those to the countries themselves. On this last episode, we got to the airport and there were no economy seats available. We talked to the person at the counter, who called their corporate office, and eventually they reclassified our seats as economy. If that didn't happen, we wouldn't have gotten out that day! Knowing that process helped.

How has the race changed your lives now? What's different?
      We're still flight attendants; we've been flying 14 years. I still work 3 days a week and I like to travel. It had a huge impact on my life; it makes you appreciate home, family, health, and the things that matter. You're also shown so many cultures, and realize how great we have it in the United States.

So how did you and Christie first meet?
     We flew together 6 or 7 years ago. It's pretty random who you fly with at work. I had applied for the show with my friend Laura, and I got a callback saying that they loved us both, but the show would love to have a flight attendant team. I happened to be flying with Christie that day, and we talked about it in the jump seats. She told me that she and her husband always wanted to do it, but he's a German citizen and not able to do it. We figured it was fate.


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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #75 on: March 26, 2009, 09:49:43 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong but no one has mentioned that they were the first all-female team to have won a leg since TAR All-Stars
No one's said it, but I definitely already knew that.

I'll do you one better, though, and say that they're the eighth-ever women's team to win a leg.  Thirty-two women's teams after all these seasons (including the three from this season), and only eight of them have won at least won leg.  (To remind you, Pat & Brenda, Mary & Peach, Tian & Jaree, Debbie & Bianca, and Christie & Jodi all won one leg, Charla & Mirna won two legs, the Godlewskis won three legs, and Dustin & Kandice won a total of six legs -- two in TAR10 and four in All-Stars.)
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« Reply #76 on: March 26, 2009, 10:13:24 PM »
Deadbolt Interview:

Running Through India with Christie and Jodi of The Amazing Race
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Now full foot-throttle into Season 14, The Amazing Race teams left the cold confines of Siberia to touch down in India, which has always been a giant roadblock for all duos that have ran in CBS' hit reality competition. The latest episode of The Amazing Race saw the teams take to the bustling and bubbling-over streets of India to gather hay for camels and dance for money among the locals in an effort to keep pace in the most populated country on the planet. Although India also gave The Amazing Race teams a reality check in the various poverty stricken areas in certain legs, almost all of the teams didn't crack under the simmering population pressure like others in seasons past.

This week's leg of The Amazing Race began with flight attendants Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski in last place behind the others as they made their way to India. However, having touched the mat in last place the week before, Christie and Jodi were penalized with an extra "speed bump" task that only they had to perform. Having made up major time after Jodi carried baskets of hay for camel herders, and both danced in the streets for money, Christie and Jodi had to find their way through town and locate an elephant and give it a paint makeover to get over the "speed bump."

And when it was all said and done, Christie and Jodi made up even more ground on the teams and were only seconds behind stunt guys Mark and Michael when they hit the mat in front of Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. Still, the hard battling efforts of Christie and Jodi weren't enough to keep them in The Amazing Race and both flight attendants were eliminated from this season's competition.

Shortly after their elimination, Christie and Jodi gave us a call to fill us in on everything from their time in India and how they came together as a team to why Christie didn't ask for underwear prior to her public jog in Russia and why, despite overcoming a lot of her fears, Jodi won't be going bungee jumping anytime soon.

THE DEADBOLT: So did you guys know you were that close at the end?

CHRISTIE VOLKMER: [laughs] We knew when we stepped on the mat! But it was still very hard to watch.

THE DEADBOLT: How tough was India just as a challenge?

JODI WINCHESKI: India was fantastic.

CHRISTIE: India was wonderful. The taxi drivers, not so wonderful. But the tasks and the people, absolutely phenomenal.

JODI WINCHESKI: India was the one place where I’m like, ‘I just don’t want to go to India.’ Beforehand I was telling Christie, I’m like, ‘I don’t want to go there because everybody always loses it in India. People are crying, it’s all crowded and crazy, it’s just awful.' And then I go and it’s just a great experience.

THE DEADBOLT: So how did that compare to Siberia?

JODI: [laughs] Better!

CHRISTIE: I was so glad to get out of the cold. Every time we opened up a clue, we were like, ‘Please let it be some place warm.’ We were tired of jackets and boots and coats and layers, and we were wanting some place warm, so India was refreshing.

THE DEADBOLT: Christie, did you think about asking for underwear in Russia before jogging off?

CHRISTIE: [laughs] Hey, I got a lot of friend requests the next day on Facebook. And all by men, mostly. But I did ask, actually. When they said "skivvies," at first I thought, ‘Okay, they’re going to give me a cute outfit that all of the locals wear when they run down the street.’ I didn’t know what to expect. But then when they said "skivvies," I’m like, ‘Are you kidding? All I have on is a thong.’ And they were like, ‘It says skivvies.’ I mean, I just didn’t have time to argue so I just took off. Then, literally, you’re too cold to even be embarrassed at that point. It’s kind of liberating. I mean it was kind of fun actually.

THE DEADBOLT: So throughout the race, how did your flight attendant experience help you?

JODI: It did help us quite a bit, actually. We had several places where we made really good flight choices that helped us a lot, especially in Moscow. We were one of three teams to actually make our connection there and the other teams had to spend the night in the airport, and that’s not an airport you’d want to spend the night in. So that was a big deal. And a lot of flights when we got there, there were no seats available out of that airport. We talked to the people who called corporate who asked if they could reclassify some of there business class seats into economy seats so that we could purchase them. If we hadn’t have done that we wouldn’t have got on the flight and we would’ve been a day behind, probably.

CHRISTIE: Yeah. A lot of teams said they would’ve never have thought to even ask that. They just take it for granted there’s none left.

THE DEADBOLT: Do you guys feel that you really came together as a team in the last couple of episodes?

CHRISTIE: Yeah. I was really proud of how well we worked together. A lot of the teams - not a lot, but some of them - waste the time arguing and not listening to each other and we realized that was just a detriment based on previous episodes. Arguing is not going to get you anywhere and you’re certainly going to lose time. So I was pretty proud of how well we worked together.

THE DEADBOLT: What team was your closest ally?

JODI: Throughout the race I would say Victor and Tammy. We worked a couple of legs with them. We definitely had great respect for Jennifer and Kisha, as well as Mel and Mike, but we worked a couple of legs with Victor and Tammy.

CHRISTIE: A lot of the time, early on when we were in the back, you don’t see people. So you’re kind of on your own - we were a little isolated at times. It wasn’t intentional, it was just the logistics of it. And starting in last place you don’t see people a lot.

THE DEADBOLT: How did the "Blind U-turn" have an effect on the competition?

JODI: Well, it definitely changed the tone of the game. Everybody was getting along really well and everybody was friendly - nobody would say anything negative. So we certainly knew that if somebody used that it was going to change things.

CHRISTIE: But it was so funny because it’s a blind U-turn. At the end of the race, everyone was like, ‘It wasn’t me! It wasn’t me! It wasn’t me!’ So the person that doesn’t say 'it wasn’t me,' it narrows it down and you figure out who it is pretty fast.

THE DEADBOLT: So how did the entire experience change both of you?

CHRISTIE: It was a phenomenal experience for me. For one, it made you realize how much we rely on the United States to have everything we have and be in all of these countries with so much poverty and detriment. It was wonderful to come back home to my family and realize that I can do anything that I set my mind to, pretty much.

JODI: Yeah, I agree. It’s very much a sense of empowerment of knowing that you can do anything you set your mind to. And even if you have great fears, you can overcome them and you can get it done. It’s so incredibly difficult to not talk to your loved ones for a month; no contact whatsoever. That’s something hard to prepare for emotionally. You know that’s the way it is but it’s a whole other story when you can’t talk to them, you can’t e-mail them, and you don’t know how they’re doing. It makes it difficult.

THE DEADBOLT: So how did your daughter view the race?

JODI: She cried. It was the last episode. She cried, I cried, everyone at my house cried. So it’s been difficult because I’m not usually extremely emotional and she doesn’t see me cry. It was hard for her to watch that. I think that she’s very proud that I did the show and I think she’s very proud of how we ran the race. It’s great to share that with her and to talk about her, to know that she got to be a part of it even though she was at home.

THE DEADBOLT: What do you think the secret is to getting ahead of the competition?

JODI: You have to have a little bit of luck. You have to have a little skill but you have to have a little bit of luck.

CHRISTIE: I really think you need to stay focused. You don’t need to worry about the other teams. I mean you need to be aware of where they are and where your competition is but don’t get all caught up in where the other teams are. Just focus on yourself and the task at hand and just get it done as quick as possible.

JODI: And you need to take every opportunity to learn, study, and to be ready for the next race. You don’t want to be just sleeping on your train ride, you need to be talking to people and getting to know them. But the biggest thing, obviously, is working together as a team and remembering as a team. You need to look out for what’s most important - getting your team ahead, not being right or wrong, or fighting or arguing. You need to get along.

THE DEADBOLT: So are you going to go bungee jumping again?

JODI: [laughs] No! That is the one thing I did not want to do. I went into it saying, ‘I’ll do anything with it, I just don’t want to bungee jump.’ And of course this is the very first thing I have to do. So knowing that I got by that first, I pretty much figured I could do anything else. But no, I’m not a huge fan of bungee jumping. I was like, 'Shut your eyes, hold your breath, and wait until it’s over.'

CHRISTIE: Everyone that went in front of her was screaming on the way down. And then I’m watching Jodi and I’m thinking of everything that could flat-out go wrong - the rope wrapping around her ankle. I mean, I’m just imagining all of these horrible things and she jumps, and there is silence, and I’m like, ‘She’s holding her breath! She’s going to pass out!’

http://www.thedeadbolt.com/news/105585/ar14christiejodi_interview.php
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #77 on: March 26, 2009, 11:52:22 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong but no one has mentioned that they were the first all-female team to have won a leg since TAR All-Stars
No one's said it, but I definitely already knew that.

I'll do you one better, though, and say that they're the eighth-ever women's team to win a leg.  Thirty-two women's teams after all these seasons (including the three from this season), and only eight of them have won at least won leg.  (To remind you, Pat & Brenda, Mary & Peach, Tian & Jaree, Debbie & Bianca, and Christie & Jodi all won one leg, Charla & Mirna won two legs, the Godlewskis won three legs, and Dustin & Kandice won a total of six legs -- two in TAR10 and four in All-Stars.)

Thanks. I didn't remember Tian & Jaree winning a leg. I'll have to rewatch that season or that leg, but I went to Wikipedia and they use the Fast Forward just like Pat & Brenda used the Fast Forward in Leg 2

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« Reply #78 on: March 27, 2009, 12:20:51 AM »
An interview with Jodi and Christie:

These blonds are anything but dumb

‘TAR’s Jodi dishes on putting makeup on elephants, traffic and the sequester house

TV Guide.ca: Jodi, you and Christie were right behind Mark and Mike. How far behind were you?
Jodi Wincheski: Two minutes.

TVG: Really?
JW: Yeah. It makes it just a little bit worse. A little bit better, but mostly just worse. [Laughs.]

TVG: The way it was edited, it looked as though your cab might arrive sooner.
JW: Yeah, but the site of their challenge was about a mile and a half closer to the fort than we were, and in Indian traffic that’s a big deal.

TVG: Once you had to do the speed bump, I assumed you had no chance of catching up. Did you ever think that, or were you just hoping some other team would get lost or have a breakdown?
JW: We hoped that something would go wrong for another team and that we could just blow through the challenges. What you didn’t see on TV is that, when we landed, we were the second team to grab a cab, but our driver got lost for half an hour, and we had to backtrack.

We really had to push, and got through the challenges quickly, and were within five minutes of catching everyone after the camel challenge, but then we hit the speed bump, which added another 30 minutes. It only took about 10 minutes to paint the elephant, but the traffic…was just bad. India is not a place you want to do a speed bump if you have to get in a car. There are certain things that are just out of your control.

KYNT & VYXSIN’S QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What advice can you pass along regarding putting makeup on an elephant?
JW: [Laughs.] We were basically putting on the makeup with Popsicle sticks. There were no brushes or anything, and elephants are coarse. You’d like to sit there and appreciate that you are that close to an elephant, but when it all comes down to it, we were fighting for our lives.

TVG: Now that you’re back from the Race, how did it impact on your relationship with your family?
JW: It’s been great. It’s amazing watching it with my daughter. Being on the Race makes you appreciate being at home so much more.

TVG: How did she react to your shout-out on TV?
JW: She loved it. She cried. Neither one of us are criers, but when we watched that last part together she lost it, and then I started crying.

TVG: How did she react when she found out that you were going on the Race?
JW: She really wanted me to try out for it, and she was really excited when I was chosen. And then she started crying. She realizes that it was a great opportunity for me, but it was still difficult for her to have me gone for a month.

TVG: Does it suck that you don’t really get a chance to see these countries in detail?
JW: It’s true. You’re going by all of these buildings, and visiting these places, but you really don’t get to appreciate them all that much.

TVG: The other Racers talk about Thailand, and being sequestered there, but no one has ever given me the details. What do you do there?
JW: Sequester is awesome! It’s in Thailand, which is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. We had this huge house, and Miss Kitty, who took care of us there. She cooked amazing Thai food for every meal. We went to nice restaurants, we went snorkelling, we went out and got to experience the culture, go shopping. And we got to eat. And sleep!

TVG: What did you do first, eat, sleep or shower?
JW: Showered. Well, first you sit down and talk to everyone that was eliminated before you, because they don’t know what has been happening. So, we did that first. They were still waiting to find out who had U-Turned Kris and Amanda, so we brought that information into the sequester house. And then you are shown where your room is and then you have a shower.

http://tvguide.sympatico.msn.ca/These+blonds+are+anything+but+dumb/RealityTV/Exit+Interviews/Articles/090327_TAR_jodi_christie_GD.htm?isfa=1

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« Reply #79 on: March 27, 2009, 12:25:05 AM »
.... another interview

The Amazing Race: Death Cab for Christie and Jodi

Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski had what it took to be the first all female team to win The Amazing Race. The duo was in shape, worked well together, and were airport experts thanks to their jobs as flight attendants. Unfortunately, while they excelled at tasks they were lousy at non-plane transportation. After coming in second to last on numerous legs, they were the final team to reach the pit stop during a non-elimination round. Sunday night, they hoped to redeem themselves. Unfortunately, a confused taxi driver led them in the wrong direction and, despite a stellar performance on the tasks, they were unable to avoid elimination. The upbeat duo told fancast why they have no regrets.

How did you get so behind at the beginning of your final leg? Was it because you had to stop for gas?

Christie: No! It looked like it though. Our cab driver took a 30 minute detour because he wanted to take us to a place called Pushkar because everyone else that had been to India recently went to Pushkar for this religious ceremony. So even though we told him about 40 times where we wanted to go, about 30 minutes later we passed by the airport that we left.

Jodi: By that point he needed gas and directions because he was still lost. It looked like [in the episode] that it was the gas station but it was because we were on the way to an entirely different city.

How did he misunderstand where you wanted to go? Was there a language barrier?

Jodi: He spoke English. He wasn’t fluent by any means, but he did get that we wanted to go to a village. He had just gone to Pushkar like a million times during the week. He had it in his head that that’s where we wanted to go.

Christie: We kept asking him, “Are you sure? This doesn’t seem right.” He called another taxi driver who said, “Dude they’re not going to Pushkar, they’re in a race,” because the other taxi driver, we think, had racers in his car. He just turned around with this look on his face. He felt really bad. I think he was just nervous. We were mad but we felt bad for him because he didn’t do it intentionally.

It seems like the two of you had a lot of bad luck on the Race, despite excelling on the task. Why do you think you had so many problems?

Jodi: It is what it is. There’s a lot of skill involved with the Race but there’s also an element of luck and ours just didn’t really go the right way. There were some other teams that seemed like they were struggling and they’re still in because they had better luck with taxi drivers.

Did you background as flight attendants help you with the air travel portions of the race?

Christie: We made a lot of smart decisions when it came to flights. We were disappointed that they didn’t show more of that. That, and our communication skills and being able to approach anyone really did help out.

Jodi: On the last leg there were no flights available and the airline ended up calling corporate and reclassifying their seats as economy so we could buy the seats and get on the flight.

Was that for everybody or just the two of you?

Christie: We got there and there were no seats left. We just kept asking, “Is there any way? Can you call someone?” We weren’t demanding because we know with out jobs that demanding isn’t going to get you too far. We were trying to be polite and courteous.

Jodi: And pathetic, helpless.

Christie: It did pan out because we made it on and then we just got the bad taxi driver.

According to the editing, despite having to complete a Speedbump you actually finished the detour before Mark and Michael. Was their task closer to the pit stop than yours?

Christie: We got in two minutes behind them because they were a mile and a hald closer to the pit stop and there was a lot of traffic.

Did it feel good to realize that you’d managed to catch up to them, or was it frustrating to come so close and still be eliminated?

Jodi: It was a great day because we enjoyed the tasks that we did in India. It was frustrating because we started 30 minutes behind and we knew it. From the moment we landed we were like, “Today we’ve got to make up time. We’re going to kick butt on the tasks.” And then we started with the deficit from the taxi driver. And then the Speed bump added at least another 30 minute delay. We were quick with the elephant but the traffic getting to and from the elephant was tough. We were proud that given all those obstacles we were still within two minutes but that made it tougher.

Are there any other moments of your race that you wish had made it onto the television show?

Jodi: A huge one is when we made the train choice in the second episode we definitely checked the arrival times. Everybody thinks that as flight attendants we should have known to check the arrival time. We did! We made a choice based on the fact that the faster train also stopped in Customs twice and changed trains twice. The day before Customs was a problem for Preston and Jennifer. The train arrivals were supposed to be within fifteen minutes of each other. We were playing it a little conservative which was definitely our fault.

Christie: We would have liked for them to make it clear that our roller bags converted to backpacks. They only showed us running with them once but you had to really pay attention to see. We got a lot of flack from people saying, “It’s great now but what if you had to run in sand or snow?” We’d thought about that which is why we purchased roller bags with the backpack capability.

Were the convertible bags helpful?

Jodi: Yes. I have a bad back and carrying around a backpack for a month would have killed me. We can run very fast with the backpacks. It saved us from being tired from carrying around the backpacks.

Christie: This season they took a lot of the airport scenes out. So they didn’t show us sprinting by other teams with our bags. Just getting outside the airport first was helpful.

Jodi: My biggest problem with the last show is, while we were doing the camel task, at one point I grabbed two buckets and carried both all the way back to my camels. They would have been my last two buckets too dump and I would have been done before Mark and Mike. They only let me dump one bucket. There was nothing in the clue that said you had to dump one bucket at a time but they said it was designed to have to go back and forth. That’s frustrating, especially when you come back to a two minute deficit at the end.

What advice would you give to future competitors on The Amazing Race?

Christie: It’s a lot more physical than you would expect. I think this season they upped the physical aspect of it.

Jodi: Prepare as much as possible. Know your geography. Learn a little bit of foregin languages. You need to go to the gym. You need to run.

Christie: Stay hydrated. There are so many times I had cotton mouth because there was no time to get water.

Jodi: Bring some kind of powerbar or granola bar because you do not eat.

Christie: A lot of times you’re afraid to eat. Jodi got sick and we think it was slight food poisoning. In all of these other cultures the food isn’t bad, but you’re not used to it and maybe you’ll react to it differently.

Jodi: The last episode I threw up for about an hour as we landed in India.

Kynt and Vyxsin are fancast’s celebrity Amazing Race bloggers. They have this question for you: Girls! After seeing you two swiftly and skillfully apply Make-Up to the largest land creature on earth, we have to know: are either of you interested in pursuing a post-Race career in cosmetics? Or is it back to the friendly skies as Flight Attendants?

Christie: I hope my make-up doesn’t look like the elephant’s!

Jodi: We were painting with the equivalent of a popsicle stick.

Christie: It would be nice with Aveda or L’Oreal but not fingerpaint.

How did going on the Race change your lives?

Jodi: It’s a huge sense of empowerment, of being able to conqure your fears, of being able to get through so many situations in a very stressful environment. It teaches you that you can do anything. It shows you what’s important in your life. There are so many adventures out there, but it’s all about your family.

Christie: Seeing all these different cultures was an eye opener. These people are so opposite of us but we still have the commonvalues of family and friends.

Jodi: People in horrible exonomies that have zero money were giving us money and helping us out. It really shows you a lot.

http://www.fancast.com/blogs/the-amazing-race/the-amazing-race-death-cab-for-christie-and-jodi/

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« Reply #80 on: March 27, 2009, 12:27:44 AM »
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The Amazing Race’s Christie & Jodi Prove They’re No Dumb Blondes

Houston-based flight attendants and friends Jodi Wincheski, 40, and Christie Volkmer, 38, joined the Amazing Race 14 in hopes of giving blonde contestants a better name and winning a million dollars. But when they left the competition, they realized they had done so much more for themselves than they could have bought with the prize money — and in the process set a pretty darn good example for Jodi’s 11-year-old daughter Riley. –Carrie Bell

When the race first started your team was positioned as the hot dumb blondes, but by the end it was obvious that the stereotypes were just not true.
Christie: I thought we represented ourselves very well. We put all our personality differences aside and worked together as a team. I’ve had about a million flight attendants contact me to tell me that they were very proud of how we represented ourselves and flight attendants everywhere. That means the world to me.
Jodi: I think originally we were supposed to be stereotyped as flight attendants, blonde hair, big boobs, whatever. But that’s not who we are at all. We never intended to use flirting as a strategy. I’m glad that throughout the course of our time on the show people got to see who we are as people.

Watching the episode where you were eliminated, it seemed like you were hot on the tail of the stuntmen. Just how close was it between last and second to last that day?
Jodi: We missed it by two minutes. We could see them getting on the mat. We were so close.
Christie: That made being eliminated more frustrating. We started that day in second place out of the airport but our taxi driver took us to [the wrong village] after we told him we wanted to go where the tree was.

Do you believe you would have lasted at least another round if it wasn’t for the unplanned detour?
Christie: Had it not been for the bad luck of getting that taxi driver, I honestly believe we would have come in second place because we knocked our tasks out so fast.
Jodi: That’s the part of the race that is the toughest. We, unfortunately, had some really bad luck on the last couple of rounds. There are some teams that are not necessarily making the best decisions but are getting by because of very good luck. There is definitely an aspect of skill to the game, but there is also an aspect of luck that plays a part and it’s out of your control.
 
Jodi, you mentioned that you hoped running the race would show your daughter Riley that she can do anything she wants to do.
Jodi: I want her to be independent and strong. I want her to believe that there is nothing in life that she can’t do. The word can’t doesn’t come into play in this house. I think it was important for us to watch [the show] together, and she is proud of me and that makes me feel great. She started crying last night at the end. She was crying because I was talking about her on television and I was crying. We were one big mess of tears.

What was the most difficult element?
Jodi: For me personally, bungee jumping was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I was terrified and you have to make yourself step off of it. After I did that jump, I knew there was nothing else we wouldn’t be able to conquer.
Christie: My worst experience on the race actually happened while we were being sequestered in Thailand. My uncle Jim Brown, who lived in Omaha, was like a father to me and he passed while I was away. I wore his name on my wrist and it was all edited out and it really hurt me to see that. It was a really difficult time for me.

You said that by the end it wasn’t about winning and that you couldn’t buy the experience you had for a million dollars. How does the race change you?
Jodi: It gives you a personal sense of empowerment. You can get by on your own in a foreign country not speaking the language, having no money, having no sleep — that’s huge. It also brings to light how important everyone is at home, how important your family is and health is. We also realize how lucky we are in the United States. We have so many advantages that they don’t have in other places around the world even in a bad economy.

Have you been recognized from the show?
Christie: I have only had like two people recognize me. I wore a lot of hats and my hair braided. I don’t look like I did on the race when I’m at work. At least, I hope I don’t.
Jodi: I think every time I have been on a plane since the show started airing at least one person realizes I am one of those flight attendants. The best part by far are the children. It is a family show and …it is showing kids that there is a big world outside of their neighborhood and their school and their life. I went to the rodeo and this little girl who was about 5 years old recognized me and all she wanted to do was hug me. She would hug me and then stand back and her parents would ask me a few questions and then she’d come and hug me again. It melted my heart.

http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/03/24/amazing-races-christie-jodi-prove-theyre-no-dumb-blondes/

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #81 on: March 27, 2009, 12:31:03 AM »
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India is the end of the road for The Amazing Race's Christie and Jodi

Not even a mad dash through Siberia, wearing a thong, could save Christie Volkmer and her teammate, Jodi Wincheski, from being the last team to arrive at the pit stop on The Amazing Race. Luckily, the flight attendants were saved, since it was a non-elimination round. "I did not want to go out in my underwear," Christie tells In Touch. "That would be even worse than the walk of shame!" But during the next leg, when they found themselves in India, a confused cabdriver and a special speed-bump task proved to be too much, and Christie and Jodi were sent packing.

What was your first impression of India?
Jodi: I've watched every season of The Race, and it seems all the teams fall apart when they're in India. I was mentally prepared for India, and it turned out to be much better than I expected.
Christie: Yeah. It was actually my favorite place. I loved it. The culture is just so opposite of what we have in America.
Jodi: Everyone was really friendly, and it was neat since we got to hang out with elephants, camels and little monkeys.
Christie: The monkeys everywhere were a highlight for me.

You got to paint an elephant for your speed bump. That looked like fun.
Christie: It was great. That was a perfect stress reliever for us. It was just fun. It was a nice speed bump. I think we really lucked out with that.
Jodi: The only problem we had with the speed bump was that we had to sit in traffic to get there and again to get out. The task itself was really cool. You can't really beat getting up close and personal with an elephant.

You seemed to make up a lot of time. How far behind Mark and Michael were you at the finish line?
Christie: Two minutes.

Really?
Jodi: Yeah, it was a killer! For me there was a lot of frustration -- I mean we enjoyed India and had a good day -- but it was a tough day because during the camel challenge I had picked up two buckets and filled them both with water and carried them all the way back to my camel station. And then when I got there, they wouldn't let me dump both of them. So there's two minutes right there! I had to go all the way back and get another, but that would have been the last one I needed. So there were a couple very frustrating moments for us.

What do you consider to be your downfall?
Christie: Our big downfall was the taxi driver who took us to the wrong city to start out. We were lost from the very beginning. He was asking all the locals where the place was, and they directed him to a place that was having a big festival, but that's not where we needed to be. He took us 30 minutes outside of the city!
Jodi: It was hard because we started the leg knowing we had to make up time, and then we ended up immediately going a half an hour out of the way.
Christie: That was a really sick feeling.
Jodi: Then he got lost on the way to the roadblock. There was only one lane in and one lane out, yet our cabdriver somehow managed to get lost.
Christie: We felt bad for him because all the other drivers were calling him and telling him that we were in a race and he was totally screwing us up. So he felt really, really bad.

http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/india_is_the_end_of_the_road_f_1.php

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #82 on: December 13, 2010, 06:57:01 AM »
Christie & Jodi are not friends anymore.  :cmas4 :cmas4 :cmas4
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« Reply #83 on: December 13, 2010, 08:35:52 AM »
Christie & Jodi are not friends anymore.  :cmas4 :cmas4 :cmas4

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« Reply #84 on: December 13, 2010, 10:42:38 PM »
Without a source, I'm not sure their lack of friendship is a big deal. I am curious as well, but IMO, I think that in "no longer friends" they have gone their separate ways. No hatred, just minimal communication.
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« Reply #85 on: December 13, 2010, 11:00:24 PM »
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #86 on: December 23, 2010, 10:11:33 AM »
I noticed that in addition to her flight attendant job, Jodi has become quite the casting agent.  She found and recruited the latest Big Brother winner and she also recruited three of the cast in the Survivor that just ended a few days ago.  You can read about some of it on her twitter page.

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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #87 on: December 30, 2010, 07:33:14 AM »
Jodi comes in contact with a lot of people through her job with SWA.......only makes sense that she finds people that might make good contestants and gets them to the interviewers.....I would say more of a "talent scout" than a "casting agent" though. She does mention it a lot on her FB page too.

I think she found Chase and Brenda...cant remember who the 3rd one was though.
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Re: ♥♥♥ TAR14: Christie Volkmer & Jodi Wincheski - Co workers
« Reply #88 on: November 27, 2012, 01:46:08 AM »
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Christie is part of this organization called 'Whispers of Hope', a non-profit program! It's a wonderful cause to help the people enhance their lives through horseback riding. They currently have 4 horses in their stable and are looking for donations to help bring in a 5th one (Lily)

Their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Whispers-of-Hope-at-Newey-Ranch/392190007491097?fref=ts

Their official website:
http://www.whispersofhopeokc.org/index.html

So please help to get the word out and help in anyway possible! Thanks a bunch!

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