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TAR 21: Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge "Goat Farmers/Life Partners"

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--- Quote from: ianthebalance on December 11, 2012, 11:42:57 PM ---Does anyone else find it ironic that out of the final 3 teams, they had the highest placement on leg 1 :cmaslol.

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Weren't they the first of all the teams to reach the ground rappelling from the bridge in the very first task?

I think them falling behind due to the missed flight, plus their overall lesser physical skills and calmer demeanor, skewed perceptions many people had of how competent they were.  It also gave TPTB an opportunity to hammer the "underdog theme" - if they hadn't had that problem, maybe they would've had another theme.  For one thing, they were the oldest team left in the F5.

What they've said in interviews is true - for the first few legs (2-4) they were right in the middle of the pack; in Bangaldesh, they finished 4th, just behind the twins, and several places ahead of both the Chips and Trexie (who they helped out with a tip about the boat). 

Have to admit I was one who also wasn't paying much attention to them, partly because teams that far behind usually don't last, but also because the twins (annoying) and Chips (engaging) had very dominant personalities, and early on there seemed to be more focus on other teams who were either in the front (winning) or the back (leaving) of the pack.

What made me take notice was the lock task in Russia.  I suspected Brent would do well on the time zone task, but Josh took me by surprise by his analytical skill and efficiency in solving the lock puzzle, and we saw more of those abilities in the final legs. (I was also impressed by Trey, who also finished the lock task quickly, and by James, in the hello/goodbye task - overall this was a smart final group of racers).

From what they say, the B's had made up a lot of time when they finally joined the other teams bunching at the ferry. Then they beat the twins at the windmill; they beat the twins at the dog food task; everyone got to the dog statue faster because Josh knew French; Brent got out of the straight jacket on par with everyone else; and of course Josh finished first at the final task.

They did shoot themselves in the foot a couple of times (the ice cream speed bump, pizza delivery); what's funny is they had reviewed past shows to see what things contributed to a final win, knew that teams often defeated themselves by those kind of mistakes, and were trying to avoid them.

They also said (like Kisha and Jen) they weren't too focused on winning individual legs; they knew they couldn't match the other teams on physical ability, and didn't want to be physically or emotionally exhausted by the time they faced the final tasks.

Maybe this approach wasn't as interesting to people as teams constantly fighting for first throughout the race, but I liked them, and thought the last two legs, with any one of three good teams able to win it all, were some of the best in a long time.

I also thought the post by Josh on their Beekman blog was very classy.


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Agree! Very good observation, I think people just counted them out as they perceived them as weak teams after Russia, but they have been doing better and better from leg 1-4, things just not go well since the balance task in the 2nd Bangladesh leg.

Also want to add, they were actually the last team arriving the first task (table tennis) in shanghai, but still managed to get 7th place in the end (the quickest team in the last group as well), which was also quite surprising to me at that time.


--- Quote ---I wonder what the casting philosophy was for this season.
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I think they usually have a good mix of teams... just that we lack an old couple this season.

From the Beekman's:

--- Quote ---We’ve received over 8000 congratulation wishes so far, and we’ve read every single one. Going through them is like winning the race all over again. They each made us feel very special, and we thank you.

But today, we want to help someone else feel special.

Below is one of the first letters we received this week after winning the Amazing Race. It comes from a mother with a son named Colin:

“I’m sure you guys are way too busy to read this, but I want you to know how inspirational you two are to my 12 year old son. He is gay and is dealing with bullying and harassment in middle school. It’s so hard to see him going through this, and sometimes the “It Gets Better” message is lost on a 12 year old who feels that middle school will never end…We cheered you on every Sunday night and agonized every time you had difficulties. My son was so incredibly thrilled when you two won last night (as was I!). Thank you for helping him see that not only DOES it get better, it gets AMAZING.”    (Permission was granted by both Colin and his mother to reprint letter and use names.)

We were called the “Ultimate Underdogs” on the Amazing Race. And when we hit the finish mat, we urged everyone who feels like they’re down-and-out to “keep going, try as hard as you can, eventually someone will help you – and you will win.”

Colin, we know that you’re doing your best, and working as hard as you can in school. We shared Colin’s mom’s note with our fellow Amazing Racers – who have also all been underdogs for various reasons at some point in their lives.

And here is the entire Amazing Race 21 team’s message to you, Colin!…

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See it all here:

Mug Costanza:
Two comments:

1. Whoa, Rob French with no mohawk?!?! :ascared

2. This is so sweet! :hrt: :hearts:

I'm so glad their victory touched the hearts of many!  :kisses


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