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The Amazing Raceís Christie & Jodi Prove Theyíre 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 ó and in the process set a pretty darn good example for Jodiís 11-year-old daughter Riley. ĖCarrie 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. Iíve 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 thatís not who we are at all. We never intended to use flirting as a strategy. Iím 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 wasnít 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: Thatís 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 itís 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 canít do. The word canít doesnít 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 wouldnít 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 wasnít about winning and that you couldnít 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 ó thatís 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 donít 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 donít look like I did on the race when Iím at work. At least, I hope I donít.
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 Öit 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 sheíd come and hug me again. It melted my heart.


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.

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.

Christie & Jodi are not friends anymore.  :cmas4 :cmas4 :cmas4


--- Quote from: AmazingRace on December 13, 2010, 06:57:01 AM ---Christie & Jodi are not friends anymore.  :cmas4 :cmas4 :cmas4

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How do you know... would love to know the reason why! :cmas13

Mister RC:
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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