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First to worst (eliminated):
Two teams won the first leg before being eliminated in the second: Amanda & Chris (S4) and Alison & Donny (S5).
Five teams just missed out on the final three, despite winning the previous leg: Derek & Drew (S3), Hayden & Aaron (S6), Toni & Dallas (S13), Kisha & Jen (S14) and Andy & Tommy (S19).
The rest of the first to worst teams are: Pat & Brenda (S1), Mary & Peach (S2), Shola & Doyin (S2), John Vito & Jill (S3), Steve & Josh (S4), Ray & Deana (S7), Fran & Barry (S9), Peter & Sarah (S10), Uchenna & Joyce (S11), Rob & Amber (S11), Toni & Dallas (S13), Chad & Stephanie (S17) and Connor & Jonathan (S17).
S13 and S19 hold the record for the latest first elimination of a leg winner, with previous leg winners eliminated in fourth place in both seasons (Toni & Dallas and Andy & Tommy).
The strongest Final 3 (by average placing) was S20 with an AP of 2.5. Second was S1, with an AP of 2.54. Third was S14 with 2.59 and fourth was S15 with 2.82.
The weakest Final 3 (by average placing) was S6, with an AP of 3.80. Second was S21 with 3.78
and third was S16 with 3.75.
Andy & Tommy (S19) have the highest average finishing position (2.636) and the most leg wins (6) without finishing in the top 2, and without making it to the final leg. Zev & Justin (S18), Hayden & Aaron (S6) and Derek & Drew (S3) all had 4 wins without making it to the finish line.
Number of leg winners in each season:
3 - S13, S20
4 - S19
4 - S5, S9, S15
7 - S2
9 - S4
The only teams to win three legs and not finish in the top 4 are Rob & Amber (8th, S11) and Azaria & Hendekea (6th, S12)
No team finishing 5th or 10th in the first leg has ever won the race.
teams didn't win a leg before winning the million: Eric & Danielle (S11), Kisha & Jen (S18) and Brent & Josh (S21).
In TEN of the twenty seasons so far, the team that won Leg 8 has finished fourth overall.
Of all the winners of Leg 3, only 6 of them have made the final three (and all 6 of them came second).
Teams that finished fifth in Leg 1 or 5 have never won.
Eric & Jeremy (S9) have the most 2nd places (6).
Second-placed teams are more likely than first-placed teams to win the next leg!! 48 first-placed teams have won the next leg, while 58 second-placed teams have won the next leg!
One team has finished in the same position 8 times in a race: Rachel & Dave (S20, 1sts). Three teams have finished in the same position 7 times in a race: Nick & Starr (S13, 1sts), Megan & Cheyne (S15, 1sts) and Rob & Kimberley (S10, 3rds).
The Final 3 with the most leg wins was S5 with 12. The ones with the least were S8, S10, S18, S19 and S21
with only 6!
Rob & Kimberley (S10) hold the record for the most consecutive same place finishes (3rd) with six. Nine teams have had four consecutive same place finishes.
Andrew & Dan (S13) hold the record for most consecutive legs without dropping a place: 9. Their streak went: 8th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 4th, 4th, 2nd before finishing in 3rd. Josh & Brent (S21) are equal second with a streak of 8. They went 7th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 1st.
Meredith & Gretchen (S7) are equal second with a streak of 8. They went 7th, 7th, 7th, 7th, 5th, 5th, 4th, 2nd before finishing 4th.
Joe & Bill and Rob & Kimberley share the dubious honour of most consecutive legs without improving: 7. J&B (S3) went 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 4th. R&K (S10) went 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd.
Indonesia (S19) is the only country to eliminate 3 teams in one season (not counting the USA in Season Eight).
Going into the final leg of a race, the team with the outright best average placing has come first EIGHT times. The team with the second highest average placing has come first EIGHT times. And the team with the worst average placing has won only FOUR times (Chip & Kim, Uchenna & Joyce, Dan & Jordan, Josh & Brent
). Season 13 saw a tie for the best average placing going into the final leg.
5 different teams have finished in 8 different positions throughout a race:
Teri & Ian who (S3) finished in positions 1st through 6th and 9th and 10th.
Kelly & Jon (S4) who finished in positions 1st through 8th
Kisha & Jen (S14) who finished in positions 1st through 8th
Nick & Vicki (S17) who finished in positions 2nd through 8th and 10th
Bopper & Mark(S20) who finished in positions 1st through 6th and 8th and 9th.
The only team to win 5 out of the first 7 legs are Andy & Tommy (S19)
Most First Places in one season:
8- Rachel & Dave (S20)
7- Meghan & Cheyne (S15)
7- Nick & Starr (S13)
6- Andy & Tommy (S19)
6- Colin & Christie (S5)
5- Nat & Kat (S17)
5- Tammy & Victor (S14)
5- Eric & Jeremy (S9)
5- BJ & Tyler (S9)
5 - Rob & Brennan (S1)
The only three teams who ended up with the highest average placing in their season and didn't make the final three are Oswald & Danny (S11, 4th), Azaria & Hendekea (S12, 6th) and Abbie & Ryan (S21, 5th)
.Josh & Brent (S21) have the lowest average placing of all Race winners (4.58).
In terms of the difference between Average Placing and Finishing Position, the most predictable Race was Season 20; if teams' race position were determined by their average finishing position, only Bopper & Mark (5th) and Vanessa & Ralph's (4th) positions would be switched.
The most unpredictable Race was Season 11, with Rob & Amber finishing 8th, despite the 2nd highest average placing, and Oswald & Danny finishing 4th, with the best average placing. The second most unpredictable race was Season 21, with the highest ranked Abbie & Ryan finishing 5th, and the 6th ranked Josh & Brent winning the race.Kami & Karli (S5) and Josh & Brent (S21) share the record of finishing 7 legs in the bottom two teams. Josh & Brent's 7 legs were all in a row (Leg 5 - Leg 11).