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'Amazing Race Canada' host: You're going to see the  strongest team win                    Canadian Olympic skeleton racer Jon Montgomery is shown at his home in  Calgary on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougalNick Patch,  The Canadian Press                                                                               
              Published  Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:13AM EDT                                     
   TORONTO -- Though the first season of "Amazing Race Canada" was such a  ratings success that CTV rushed to renew as if sprinting to the mat, host Jon  Montgomery can't help but see one area in which the show needs to improve as it  heads into its sophomore year.
   The host, he says, needs to be better.
   "Obviously I need lots of work to continue to find my voice and my pace and  my rhythm and my feel for the show," Montgomery told The Canadian Press just  before the teams were to begin racing.                           
   "Just becoming, I guess, more aware of what my role in this production is  all about. As I become more familiar with what people are wanting of me, and how  I can breathe in more of my personality to it, I'll maybe feel better about the  job that's been done in the future, as we go along.
   "I'm definitely trying to grow with the show. And to think I've got it  dialled and I'm Mr. Host With the Most would be -- oh my God, a gross  overstatement.
   "I think," he added, "that's when you get complacent in life and you don't  continue to grow."
   Heading into the show's first season, the flame-haired 35-year-old was  best-known to Canadians as the skeleton racer who celebrated his gold medal  victory at the 2010 Vancouver Games by marching down the street, bellowing "O  Canada" and swigging beer straight from a pitcher.
   As host, Montgomery's supersonic vocal delivery -- he was an auctioneer,  after all -- and chipper demeanour set him in stark contrast from Phil Keoghan's  coolly stoic approach to hosting the popular American version of the show.
   As far as what he specifically wants to work on, Montgomery feels he might  be capable of drawing more out of the "mat chats," otherwise known as the brief,  sometimes emotionally charged interactions between the host and the teams  finally reaching their goal in each episode.
   "Having a better idea of my role and what's expected of me, I hope to be  able to have some honest, legitimate conversations with the racers and find out  what's making them tick," he said.
   Montgomery was speaking before the second "Amazing Race Canada" -- which  premieres July 8 on CTV -- had actually begun, but he felt he could make certain  declarations about the upcoming season with certainty.
   For one thing, he promised a "gnarlier" slate of challenges -- a threat that  qualifies as almost sadistic for those who remember watching agonized teams dig  through truckloads of lentils to locate tiny stuffed moose.
   And for those who felt somewhat cheated by the first season's outcome -- the  Winnipeg pair of Tim Hague Sr. and Jr. triumphing despite having finished last  in two separate legs -- he was hopeful the show's second instalment would follow  a different story arc.
   "The Tims from last year, I don't think, were an imminent threat," he said  candidly. "I think Tim and Tim, they got lucky. They were almost eliminated  twice. They got saved by non-elimination legs. And the only leg they ultimately  won was the last one. It's the only one you need to win but in that breath, I  don't think Tim and Tim were the strongest team (even though) they were the  ultimate winners.
   "I think this season you're going to see the strongest team win," he added.  "I'll put money on that right now."
   Going into the first season, Montgomery was still harbouring Olympic  ambition and planned to tailor his training regimen to the show's demanding  travel schedule.
   That's no longer a concern, given that Montgomery decided to retire from  skeleton racing after failing to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
   Though he really prefers not to use the word "retire."
   "I'm 35 -- I don't really consider myself retired. I consider myself an  athlete that quit doing athletics or at least competitive sports."
   Well, even "quit" is a strong word, given Montgomery's fondness for  pondering his next athletic move.
   "I've always mused about how awesome it would be to train for a sport where  you can sit down and fire at targets. ... Maybe pistol shooting is in my  future?" he said with a smile. "Maybe if they bring mixed curling into the  Olympics, myself and my wife can become avid curlers.
   "But I can't just let the competitive spirit die."
   Originally from Russell, Man., Montgomery and his wife Darla -- also a  skeleton racer -- recently moved from Calgary to Victoria.
   And touring about his new home again got Montgomery's imagination  percolating.
   "I saw a lawn bowling green. I was like, lawn bowling? I'd love to go lawn  bowling. So it's going to be me and the blue-haired ladies and the white-haired  gentlemen in white pants, white shirts.
   "I'm going to be out there lawn bowling with the 80-year-olds in Victoria  this (year). I can't wait. I'm looking forward to it. That's going to be my real  retirement. A blue leisure suit."

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Jon did a live chat with fans yesterday.

Here is an interesting question and answer:

Q: Where in the world would you like to see, #RaceCDA travel to next season?

Jon Montgomery
12 hours ago
I'd like to go to South East Asia, New Zealand, and Chile to start, but I'm game for anything. Guam too! #RaceCDA

Here is the link:

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