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The Amazing Race => The Racers => Topic started by: georgiapeach on August 29, 2012, 12:04:52 PM

Title: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: georgiapeach on August 29, 2012, 12:04:52 PM
Caitlin and Brittany


Name: Caitlin King
Age: 24
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friends
Current occupation: Early childhood special education teacher
Describe what you do: I teach special education to children with mild to severe learning disabilities.
Favorite hobbies: Working out, traveling, going out with my friends and anything outdoors.
3 words to describe you: Competitive, loyal and fun.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Earning a full soccer scholarship to Auburn University and having a successful four year career as a player.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? No one famous reminds me of myself, but my siblings and I all have a lot in common.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kelly Ripa because she is super fit, energetic and always a crowd pleaser.
What scares you most about traveling? The airline losing my bags.
What excites you most about traveling? Exploring, discovering and learning about the new places we are about to travel to!
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Brittany is more outspoken and quicker to make decisions while I am more reserved and take the time to look at the big picture before coming to a conclusion. We will have to learn to combine these traits to be an effective team.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Love Brittany’s laugh, but sometimes the snort just has to go!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would love to go to South Africa on Safari. I love exploring the outdoors and new, exciting adventures.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? To prove that blonde girls can also have brains, strength and be mentally tough.

Name: Brittany Fletcher
Age: 25
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Connection to your teammate: Best Friends
Current occupation: Medical Device Sales
Describe what you do: I educate and sell medical device equipment to doctors.
Favorite hobbies: Working out, traveling and shopping
3 words to describe you: Competitive, driven and outgoing.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? On my 18th birthday winning the showcase showdown on The Price Is Right!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Taylor Swift
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Gisele Bundchen
What scares you most about traveling? Not being able to communicate in a foreign country or losing my passport. 
What excites you most about traveling?  The adrenaline rush of always trying to make my flight! It’s somehow always a challenge
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: To combine Caitlin’s knowledgeable thought process and my quick decision-making skills.
Pet peeve about your teammate: She’s dating my brother and sometimes she gives me too much information about him…enough said!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Australia because I have always wanted to see the Sydney Opera House and immerse myself in their culture.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? We both hope to prove to everyone that no matter what situation we are in, our competitive spirit and mental toughness will never be altered.

Photo Credit: Chris Lipson CBS
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: georgiapeach on August 29, 2012, 12:05:33 PM
Thanks to WP!!
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Marionete on August 29, 2012, 01:40:28 PM
Finally hoping for a good blonde team!  :lol:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Polaroid on August 29, 2012, 02:04:10 PM
Pet peeve about your teammate: She’s dating my brother and sometimes she gives me too much information about him…enough said!

Oh my. :lol: They sound like a very intelligent team! Love their professions too!
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Magnus on August 29, 2012, 06:53:21 PM
Not sure how the airline would lose your carry on, girls....
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: BlooperGuy on August 29, 2012, 09:05:11 PM
Finally hoping for a good blonde team!  :lol:
But after watching teams from Shana & Jennifer, to Marisa & Brooke, to Christie and Jodi, to Katie and Rachel, and finally Liz and Marie for the past ten seasons, I doubt they'll go far.  :( But yes, we need another Dustin and Kandace!
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: supah on August 30, 2012, 05:47:25 AM
I have confidence in them. I like them, I would hope they make it far <3
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: georgiapeach on August 30, 2012, 02:06:42 PM
Vid up in post 2!!
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Reilly Queens on August 30, 2012, 02:59:39 PM
:lol: Omg I love them <3
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Katarzyna on August 30, 2012, 03:40:19 PM
Brittany, represent Chicago!!  :hearts:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Air on August 31, 2012, 06:48:10 AM
Dustin & Kandice #2? *hopes* :please:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Aussie on August 31, 2012, 07:22:54 AM
generic blondes anyone?
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Jobby on August 31, 2012, 10:29:17 AM
They seemed stronger than Kellie and Jaime... smarter than Shanna and Jennifer.. BUT not as strong as Beauty Queens... don't look good for them I think. :(

They are nice to look at though. <<< Superficial. :lol:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: supah on September 20, 2012, 05:19:41 PM

Auburn alumnae compete on 'The Amazing Race'

Soccer player, sorority sister say their contrasting personalities helped them on the show

Ever since the show first aired, Brittany Fletcher had made appearing on “The Amazing Race” part of her list of things to do before she died.

Now, Fletcher and Caitlin King, both graduates of Auburn University, will be checking that off as they compete as one of 11 teams on the new season of the show, which premieres Sept. 30 on CBS. In the show, the duo traveled nearly 25,000 miles across nine countries and competed in a variety of different challenges for a chance to win $1 million.

Fletcher graduated from the university in 2009 with a degree in logistics, while King graduated in 2011 with a degree in early childhood special education. Outside the show, Fletcher works as a pharmaceutical sales representative at Horizon Pharma in Chicago and King lives in Atlanta, previously working as an after-school teacher in St. Louis, where she is originally from.

Speaking of their time at Auburn, King said there were certain things that she and Fletcher did not have in common. For one, King was a standout forward with the AU soccer team and Fletcher was an active member of the Phi Mu sorority. And despite having the same circle of friends, the two were not close.

“We’re really competitive girls, so we always knew who we were, but we didn’t want to get to know each other that well,” King said.

However, once King started dating Fletcher’s brother, Brian, a baseball player at AU, things began to change and the two became friends.

“We ended up finding out that we had a lot more in common than we thought and from that day on, we just continued growing in our friendship and it’s been great ever since,” King said.

Fletcher said the show, along with “The Price is Right,” had been on her “bucket list” of things to do before she died, so when the opportunity came to audition for the show, she took King along for the ride.

“I knew she (King) was the perfect partner because we are both so competitive,” Fletcher said. “I knew we would be a pretty solid team and a tough team to beat.”

King said she and Fletcher sent a video of themselves as part of the application process. After a week of interviews in Los Angeles and a month to go before the start of production, the two were informed that they would be part of the cast of the show’s new season.

“It was just really exciting,” King said.

Both Fletcher and King maintain that their contrasting personalities helped them compete in the show. Examples King gave of Fletcher’s strengths were her organization and keen sensibility, while King brought macromanagement skills to different situations.

“We knew how to manage our personalities to our best advantage,” King said.

Prior to the first day of shooting, Fletcher and King spent two and a half months training together by working out, studying geography, brushing up on common phrases in different languages, as well as watching past episodes of the show to get a feel for what to expect in the competition.

“If you were to show us an episode, we would probably know what season and episode it was from,” Fletcher said.

One particular team-building exercise Fletcher and King participated in was building a Lego set in a dark, noisy room while timing themselves.

“We knew we were going to be somewhere that was actually loud and noisy, where we would have to keep our calm and focus,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said one of the more difficult parts of the show was where she and King would have to use maps and speak to people in other languages in order to complete a task, all without the use of a cellphone.

“You don’t realize how much you depend on being able to speak the same language with people,” Fletcher said. “You have to really rely on being able to ask local questions and finding people who could speak English.”

An aspect of the show that Fletcher and King did not anticipate was the number of friends they made from the different teams in the show that they will keep in touch with for a long time.

“It’s kind of a special bond that you get just being there all together, experiencing this thing as a family,” King said. “Even though we’re going as separate teams, you still have that bond that brings you together, just knowing that everyone’s having these emotions and going through the same kind of hardships and difficulties.”

Although the duo gave few details about what to expect on the show this season, they emphasized how excited they are to represent their alma mater on national television.

“There’s nothing better,” Fletcher said.

“The Amazing Race” has won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” eight times since its debut in 2001. 

I love their team building exercise :lol:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: georgiapeach on September 27, 2012, 08:32:35 PM
TV Clip, thanks to TL!!;hl
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: sapphirepit on October 01, 2012, 06:49:12 PM
am I the only person who doesn't recall seeing them at all at any point during the first episode except the team introductions/intro...?
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Marionete on October 02, 2012, 04:42:23 AM
am I the only person who doesn't recall seeing them at all at any point during the first episode except the team introductions/intro...?
I saw them a little at the eating roadblock and some more while they were searching for 'the lady with the abacus' & then running to the pitstop. But yeah, they got VERY little screen time and I hope they're not the Sandy & Jeremy 2.0 from this side. :lol:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Aussie on October 02, 2012, 05:46:45 AM
how come they didnt show them selling chocolate at the airport?
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Marionete on October 02, 2012, 09:22:02 AM
how come they didnt show them selling chocolate at the airport?
I never heard about that, could you please tell me the whole story? :lol:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Alenaveda on October 02, 2012, 09:54:07 AM
how come they didnt show them selling chocolate at the airport?
I never heard about that, could you please tell me the whole story? :lol:

See the contestants thread, reply #49. :tup:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: sapphirepit on October 08, 2012, 10:53:51 PM
They got a couple seconds on the bump during the detour!

Have they even done a confessional scene on the broadcast (not counting the extras online)
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: starrynight on October 13, 2012, 09:51:27 AM
Dustin & Kandice #2? *hopes* :please:

The Australian second season pretty much had that?
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: Jobby on October 13, 2012, 01:13:50 PM
Nadiya and Natalie > Dustin and Kandace. :lol:

But anyway, this team is underrated. MORE SCREENTIME PLEASE!!!!!! :knuckles:
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: starrynight on October 15, 2012, 03:45:44 AM
I liked the passion they had for the race but this is now The Amazing Taxi Race and it doesn't matter how good you are at tasks if you get bad taxis.
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: apskip on October 15, 2012, 03:43:16 PM
'Amazing Race' Exit Interview: Caitlin and Brittany
The BFFs talk us through their torturous, taxi-centric exit
By Diane Vadino 1 hour ago
'The Amazing Race'/CBS

Another team fell victim to poor communication with their taxi driver on "The Amazing Race" this week, as blond besties Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher were sent home in Indonesia. We talked to them about their final leg, what sparked the race-rage that had them screaming at their Indonesian driver for not speaking English, and how close they really were to staying in the show.

Bing: ‘The Amazing Race’ | Indonesia

MSN TV: So what went so wrong with the end of Sunday night's leg of the race?

Caitlin: We were just so confused why we couldn't get any sort of communication with this guy—no hand gestures, no nothing. It was frustrating. It felt like we were out of control. It had been a long long already, and we were obviously mentally worn out.

It looked like it began with the problem paying your first driver.

Brittany: We had been standing there for 15 minutes trying to pay that guy, and he didn't give us any hand gestures. Will and Gary were [so far behind us], and you see them come up—that shows you how long we were standing there.

Caitlin: It was baffling to us. We were trying to figure out how much we owed him. He was giving us nothing back, no sign, no number. On top of that, while we were trying to have a conversation all these locals were yelling. We had no idea what was going on. At one point he was like, 'It's free, it's free,' but if we had taken it as free we know we might have been penalized at the end for not paying him. It was just really frustrating and we were kind of lost.

Brittany: It wasn't like I jumped out of the [pedicab] yelling at him. It'd been a long time.

Photos: Meet the teams

Do you feel like you could have strategized differently or was this just bad luck?

Brittany: If we'd been at a challenge where we obviously couldn't do something we would have regretted taking that task. But we were showing him the cross streets and then he'd take us a different route and he had no idea where he was going. It's hard to say you would have done anything differently. We'd done the best we could. We had been right with the twins at the train station—


Brittany: I think we actually beat them to the train station.

It didn't seem that way from the episode.

Caitlin: We were neck and neck. They made it look like it was just the twins, and they almost made it, but actually the train had gone by the time we got there. We got there at, like, 7:34 and the train left at 7:35.

Brittany: It was one of those things where it's our of your control. We knocked the Roadblock out in five minutes. We just had a day of bad drivers.

What was it like being in the pedicab race right at the end with Will and Gary?

Caitlin: It was just a rush of emotion—we didn't know there were going to be right in front of us. We were trying to keep uiet and then take off. It would have worked for us if he hadn't turned left at the fork in the road.

Brittany: We really thought we had the advantage because our driver had actually taken us to the Pitstop about 45 minutes prior [while we were lost.] But it didn't work out.

It sounds like you had a really tough exit. Does that spoil the experience of being in the race?

Caitlin: Definitely not. It was a great experience—at the end of the day, we're getting the opportunity to travel around the world for free and meet all these great new people. Of course, we're competitive and we wanted the million dollars—but 15 years from now, is it really going to matter?

What do you think about these two taxi-centric losses?
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: bc922 on October 15, 2012, 07:04:47 PM (

Amazing Race's Caitlin and Brittany: We Still Don't Understand How We Got So Lost
by Joyce Eng

For once, there was no editing trickery at work for The Amazing Race's tight finish Sunday. After getting lost while Gary and Will, who were U-Turned, performed both Detours, Caitlin and Brittany appeared to be headed for safety when they finally got to the clue first. But they wound up behind Gary and Will, and when they passed them on the road, their pedicabs went in two different directions at an intersection. "After we forked and went left, we knew we went the wrong way. We were like, 'This is not good,'" Caitlin tells "First of all, it took [our cabbie] forever to turn around. A miracle would've had to happen for us to get in front of them at that point." So how did they get so lost? What part of their pedicab drama wasn't shown? Find out below.

That was a crazy finish. What was it like watching it?
Brittany: It was frustrating, of course. What they showed was a little different than what actually went on. America just saw one side of us and I think they didn't really see the type of girls we are at all. It was definitely heartbreaking. When you're tough competitors and you hate losing, you never want to see yourself go home before a team that you think you're better than.
Caitlin: Yeah, it was hard. ... We didn't know how everything was going to be edited, but that's the chance you take signing up for something like this. We definitely don't regret it. We loved doing it even though you didn't get to see our whole personalities. It is what it is.

What wasn't shown?
Brittany: We actually left the lion's head Detour first and our cab driver had taken us to the Pit Stop by accident. He took us on a different route and we didn't pass the U-Turn mat, so we showed up at the Pit Stop and we think that's where the U-Turn is. But we see Phil and we're like, "Oh my gosh! Go back!" That's when you saw us go to that field where [Gary and Will] were doing [the egg Detour]. If our guy had actually taken us the correct route, we would've checked in sixth that day. But [we wound up] being neck-and-neck with Gary and Will. It was close, but our driver actually messed up and had taken us to the Pit Stop, like, 30 minutes prior. That's the frustrating thing.
Caitlin: Yeah, and altogether we lost a lot of time. We didn't keep track, but obviously [it was] a lot. We probably spent about 15 minutes in the park [while Gary and Will were doing the egg Detour]. We saw them.

How did he know to take you there? Did he drop someone else off before you guys?
Caitlin: Yeah, I think he might have. Maybe someone from the first train.
Brittany: Maybe he thought he was doing us a favor taking us there? [Laughs] I don't know. On the clue, it said to head to the Parliament and to stop at that cross street. The cross street was where the U-Turn was, so if our guy had gone that way, we wouldn't have gone straight to the Pit Stop first.

Did you change cabs more than just the one time that was shown?
Caitlin: No. It was just that one time. At that point, too much time had passed and we were just like, "We're going to have to go with it." It's one of those choices you have to make.
Brittany: When we were leaving the Pit Stop the first time, we got back into the same cab because we thought he could bring us back to the Detour where we started. Instead, he got us lost and we had to get into another one.

Before you changed pedicabs, there was a shot of you guys right in front of the U-Turn box, but you didn't see it. (Watch it here at 34:40.)
Brittany: I'm not sure what you're referring to, but that could be when we headed back after going to the Pit Stop. We did eventually see the U-Turn mat, but he had taken us past it, so we told him to stop. That's when we switched drivers, ran to the U-Turn and got back to our original driver. We figured since he had taken us to the Pit Stop, he'd know where he was going.

But you ended up behind Gary and Will.
Caitlin: Exactly! [Laughs] That's what we still don't understand.
Brittany: Right. He had just taken us there, so how do you get lost? All of the sudden, we ended up right behind Will and Gary, and it's like, "How the hell are they even ahead of us?"

You wanted to pass them and you did, but did you ever consider following them and trying to beat them in a footrace to the Pit Stop?
Caitlin: Where we got dropped off, we were probably 20 meters from the Pit Stop. It really didn't matter. We needed to get to get in front of them in our pedicab. We would've had them in a footrace, but it wasn't a far enough distance to let ourselves stay behind them. And you don't know if they would go faster and we would get left behind somehow. We couldn't take that chance.
Brittany: They made it seem on TV that it was 100 yards away; it wasn't.
Caitlin: And you have to run with your backpacks, and our backpacks were really heavy.

So you knew you went the wrong way when you went left at the intersection?
Brittany: Yeah. I think that was the hardest part and why we were so frustrated. We weren't being disrespectful by any means. I want people to know that. There was so much that went on. We had been calm and hadn't been frustrated on the Race up until then, but when they had cost us so much time and we were fighting for last place, and it was because of their error, it's hard to sit there and twiddle my thumbs and not get upset. The reason we got upset is because we're competitive and we didn't like losing and we knew we were a better team. I think America saw us as aggressive and rude, but we're not. That moment just brought out the worst in us and that's just the part they showed.

How do you feel about Gary and Will being safe for the second straight leg because another team had bad cabbie luck?
Caitlin: [Laughs] I kind of just laugh about it. It's just one of those things. You don't know what's going to happen in the Race.

What are you up to now?
Caitlin: I just moved to Atlanta about a month ago, so I'm settling in a new town and it's been exciting and fun starting a new chapter in my life and watching the Race. ... From here on out, I'm still obviously going to tune in and cheer for everybody. We're friends with these people and will be for a long time. It's just cool to see your friends competing.
Brittany: I'm still in Chicago. I just took a job at a new company doing pharmaceutical sales. I've moved to a new place, so I've been busy with that and just watching the Race.
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: bc922 on October 15, 2012, 07:07:20 PM (

'Amazing Race': Eliminated Duo Caitlin and Brittany on Their Close Finish, Language Barriers
by Kimberly Nordyke

The best friends had some bad luck with multiple bedak drivers in Indonesia, leading to their elimination in Sunday night's episode.

For the second episode in a row, public transportation led to the downfall of an Amazing Race team.
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On the heels of last week's taxi debacle that saw the elimination of Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale, best friends Caitlin King, 24, and Brittany Fletcher, 25, suffered a similar fate in this week's episode. The pair was in a dead heat with the team of Gary Wojnar and Will Chiola -- who had just been forced to do U-turn requiring them to spend precious time in another detour challenge -- when their Indonesian bedak driver took a wrong turn at a fork in the road, and they came in last place, resulting in their elimination. This came after they previously had language issues trying to pay another bedak driver.

Throughout the episode, the teams were tasked with serving multiple trays of padang food at once without dropping them and choosing between having eggs cooked over a fire burning in a coconut on their head or wearing a 40-pound lion's head mask while performing ceremonial dance moves in a Javanese parade.

On Monday, Caitlin and Brittany talked to The Hollywood Reporter about their elimination, their close finish and their transportation woes.

The Hollywood Reporter: So did it all really come down to that one wrong turn?
Caitlin King: I think for us, there were a few things we made mistakes on.

Brittany Fletcher: What America didn't see was that when we left the detour, our driver took us straight to [the location of the mat they were supposed to finish the leg, where host Phil Keoghan was waiting], so we actually did not pass the U-turn. We showed up at the pit stop where Phil was and said we gotta go find the U-turn. ... So we got over there and saw the guy that had taken us to the pit stop previously and thought, this guy knows where to go. All of a sudden, we see Will and Gary, so we go past them and figure, there's no problem because he knew to stay to the right because he had just taken us there. ... The bottom line is, if he had just taken us on the same route as before [we wouldn't have been eliminated], but he completely took on us a different route.

THR: Did you know when you reached the mat where Phil was waiting that you were in last place?
Brittany: Yeah, we knew it was down to Will and Gary and especially when we were passing them that it was between us two. But we had enough confidence to pass them because the guy had just taken us there. I have no idea what he was doing.

Caitlin: At that point, we were just so mentally and physically drained and exhausted. We were obviously disappointed. We knew we were one of the strongest teams and we definitely could have gone farther. At the end of the day, we were just excited and fortunate to be on the show in the first place. We made great friends, and that's all that mattered.

THR: You also had trouble with another bedak driver over money. [The two were seen getting extremely upset as they were unable to get an answer from him about how much money he was owed for the ride.] What happened there?
Brittany: Basically, [the editing] made it seem like I was just yelling at the guy, but we had been standing there for 15 minutes, and we had passed the monster truckers [Rob French and Kelley Carrington-French] and obviously we saw Will and Gary get out and they had already started the challenge. And we were standing there and the driver was not telling us how much to pay, and we didn't want to pay the wrong amount, but it was ridiculous for all the teams to pass us. Everyone [other bedak drivers were also standing there] was yelling out different amounts. It was frustrating. It made it seem like I just blew upon the guy, but we had been standing there for 15 minutes.

Caitlin: We were trying to negotiate with him, and obviously it was not going anywhere. It's not fair for anyone to judge what we were going through at that point; it was the head of the moment.

Brittany: He just stared at us, gave us a hand gesture or something. At one point he said it was free. We're like, what? It's not free; tell us how much we owe you. I don't know how everybody else had it so easy. Our driver stared at us for 15 minutes, literally.

THR: How hard was it to carry all those plates of food without dropping them?
Brittany: I was so proud of myself.

Caitlin: Brittany did awesome.

Brittany: I've never served before.

Caitlin: You couldn't even tell, but she did it quick -- in and out of there in five minutes.

Brittany: It was hard, definitely challenging. But I knew for us to get ahead, I had to knock it out quick; I had to step it up and do what I needed to do.

THR: What about the task involving the lion's masks? Was that as hard as it looked?
Caitlin: The thing with that was, you could only see a centimeter in front of you. And the mask weighed so much; you were holding it up with your teeth. At the same time, Brittany was behind me and I didn't know what she was doing. Every time I turned around with the mask on, it almost fell off, and if it fell off you had to start over.

Brittany: It was probably a mile that the parade went on.

THR: Do you have any particular team you are rooting for?
Caitlin: I think we made really good friends with a lot of them ... we're rooting for everybody.

THR: Why did you try out for the show?
Brittany: Basically, this and going on The Price Is Right are two things I always wanted to accomplish. For Amazing Race, I knew there was nobody else I wanted to partner up with than Caitlin. I knew we were going to be able to count on one another in the difficult time. I went after it and it was one of the things I knew I would not stop until I got on the show. It was on my bucket list, and at the same time, we are huge fans.
Title: Re: TAR 21: Caitlin King & Brittany Fletcher "Best Friends"
Post by: bc922 on October 15, 2012, 07:08:58 PM (

Brittany and Caitlin on 'Eye-Opening' Amazing Race

Amazing Race bid adieu to one of the most venerable female teams to attempt the race in recent years, college athletes and best friends Brittany Fletcher and Caitlin King, on Sunday night. ETonline catches up with the tough cookies to get their take on their elimination.

ETOnline: You guys are the second team in a row to be eliminated based on a driver not knowing where to go. How frustrating was that for you?
Brittany: Basically, the most frustrating thing was -- obviously you saw how we got feisty -- [what] America didn't really see was we were actually in sixth leaving the detour and we had gotten a becak (bicycle cab) driver and he had actually taken us on a different route to the pit stop. He didn't actually take the path ... that we were telling him to take us to so we could have got the U-turn map. So, basically he takes us all the way to the pit stop, we're like, 'Oh, crap,' we get back in his becak, he takes us to the field, and we're running around looking for this U-turn map, but we can't find it. Then we think, maybe he took us on a different route, so we took another becak thing, he ends up passing the U-turn map, we see it in the rear-view, we were looking behind us and noticed it, so we get out of the becak, run to the U-turn map. Then our driver, who had just taken us to the pit stop prior, was there at the same time as well, right around the U-turn map, so that's when we were like, ‘Okay, he's somebody who actually knows where he's going, we've got to get there. It's now between us and Will and Gary.” We jumped in his thinking he would be the safe bet and knew where he was going. It turns out, he didn't.

ETOnline: Throughout the episode, you were pretty direct with the cab drivers, raising your voice at times. Do you regret doing that? Or was it the situation that drove you to that?
Brittany: The thing is, we were fine with the cab drivers at first. America only saw, when it got down to the wire of the moment where we had no choice -- we were down to the wire. So, [there were] scenes where it looks like I was just being disrespectful, and very forceful against these becak drivers, and I wasn't. They had not shown the probably two-and-a-half hours prior with these guys. The first part they showed [when we were talking about the fare], we had been sitting there for fifteen minutes, actually Will and Gary ended up showing up and passing us, and starting the challenge, because we were still trying to figure out, how much to owe and you saw that they had gotten off the train last, so it just kinda goes to show you how long we had been standing there and for him not to give us an amount to pay… they showed the last part of the fifteen minutes of course, it wasn't like that the entire time.

ETOnline: Was it that he just didn't understand what you were asking, or was he just trying to get more money out of you guys?
Caitlin: It was just very confusing because we were literally just standing there. We didn't even know what to do at that point because he was just literally staring at us, not even giving us any hand motions or letting us know he understood anything we were saying. It was just really, really frustrating. But yeah, it was a money thing, it was just... it was everything.

Brittany: And then these people shouting all around, telling us different amounts. We're like -- stop yelling guys, we're asking this person specifically. We're not trying to cheat him out of money or anything, we just wanna pay him correctly so we're not penalized later on.

ETOnline: You were frustrated that the driver of the little bike thing didn't speak any English. Did you expect people to speak more English as you went around the world? Or was it about what you expected?
Caitlin: The one line that everyone is talking... and actually what I had said was, 'It's so frustrating not being able to communicate with these drivers, I really can't believe they don't speak English. These drivers don't speak English.' So the part that was only shown was, 'I can't believe these drivers don't speak English,' when really, like hello, we're in foreign countries. Obviously they're not gonna all speak English, that's just kinda common sense. I think what was so frustrating is we were in the heat of the moment, and these guys had been getting us lost, you know had taken us to the pit stop. For us to have been in a situation where the driver had already taken us to the pit stop, and then ends up going left instead of right, when you figured he knew where he was going, ‘cause we had just went there. So, yeah, it caused us to look like we were crazy yelling at these drivers, but I mean they had wasted almost two-and-a-half hours of our time, it was insane.

ETOnline: What was the most challenging aspect of the race overall?
Caitlin: We knew going into the race, that we only had control over a few things and that we would be in good shape and we knew we were mentally tough. Other than that, you don't know what's gonna happen, you really don't realize how much you're on your feet, and our backpacks are just so heavy, and at the end of the day, you just had to really stay mentally tough because you're running on no sleep. We knew that's what we were gonna be doing, but you really don't know how much you can live on until you're actually in it.

ETOnline: And everyone was commenting on the heat in China, it was probably equally hot in Indonesia, right?
Caitlin: Oh, yes. It was so hot and we had to wear long sleeves and longer pants because of religious and cultural reasons. We were burning up.

Brittany: For both of us, obviously it was gonna be hard. When you're in a situation, you don't have a phone, you're trying to rely on communicating with people. We both have traveled to places throughout the world, and we've always kind of gotten away with finding either a cab driver, or somebody that spoke even a little bit of English. I think sometimes when you're in a situation that you can't communicate, that was eye-opening because you can't do anything about it. These people have no idea what you're saying, and it's really out of your control trying to communicate with them. So I think that was part of it, that was hard, and definitely the currency I think too. When you're transferring from American to yuan, I think that's what it was, yeah yuan to rupiah, you don't know how much you have left of those currencies, how much the equivalent it is from a U.S. dollar to a rupiah. You don't really know how much the value is. That was of course hard and—are we getting ripped off? 'Cause they know that we don't know, or is this really how much it costs?

ETOnline: Which task would you say was the hardest?
Caitlin: For me, the hardest thing was definitely the balloons. I just was struggling with that.

Brittany: It's hard to [do] ‘cause like, you're sweating, it's so hot, and trying to grip it was so like…

Caitlin: And my bike was too small for me, but I had chosen it, and I couldn't switch bikes. So my knees were like hitting, banging the metal thing in front of me the whole time so that wasn't very fun.

ETOnline: How long did it take to do that task? Hours?
Caitlin: I don't even know. I don't think it was that long.

Brittany: Like forty-five minutes.

ETOnline: What would you say is the most interesting thing you learned about other cultures from being on the race?
Brittany: Being able to experience other cultures, it makes you appreciate how blessed we are, even just the little things, just even having a shower. So you know it's one of those things to be able to experience those different cultures and participate in their living style was such a blessing because you really need to be able to interact with different cultures. It definitely was eye awakening, and we are very thankful and blessed to have been a part of it.

ETOnline: What team do you think is gonna win?
Caitlin: There are a few teams going into it that we kind of knew were the stronger teams to begin with. We're friends with all the teams, so we're pulling for mostly everyone. But I'd say we would really like to see another girls team go far, maybe the Sri Lankans, or… both of us really loved Amy and Daniel, hated to see them go. And then the rockers, they're smart, savvy, and street smart and we think they'll go a long way. And we were also good friends with the Chippendales, so really we don't have one team pegged that we definitely want to win. But that's the good thing, it's gonna be fun to see the other teams and just continue to watch our friends compete.
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Post by: choroneko on October 15, 2012, 08:12:48 PM
Jamie and Cara all over again. But the red heads are way better than these blondies.
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Post by: bc922 on October 16, 2012, 01:57:22 PM (

'The Amazing Race': Caitlin & Brittany talk cultures, coming in last
Published Monday, Oct 15 2012, 7:49pm EDT | By Jennifer Still |

The Amazing Race's 21st cycle kicked off only three weeks ago, and it's already fair to say that the competition is fierce. Traveling first to Beijing before heading to Indonesia, the teams have been faced with numerous challenges, and no-one was safe. Unfortunately for best friends Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher, they fell behind this week after being transported by a driver who didn't quite know where he was going. The mistake cost them valuable time, and saw them check in at the pit stop last, where Phil revealed they would be heading home from the competition.

Caitlin & Brittany spoke to reporters on Monday about their experience in the game and where it all went wrong.

How tough was it to go out the way you did?
Brittany: "It's obviously hard being eliminated - that's something you never want to happen, especially as competitive as Caitlin and I are. The most frustrating thing is that we were in sixth when we left the detour but we had an error and the driver took us on a different path and it cost us everything. The guy went left at the fork in the road, so it's someone we were relying on and he could have taken us to the pit stop 45 minutes prior. It was really frustrating."

Did you ever find out how much the rickshaw ride was? You got pretty frustrated when trying to talk to the driver!
Brittany: "They'd only shown a small part of it. We'd been standing there about 15 minutes trying to pay the driver and he wasn't giving us any feedback. He was kind of just staring at us. There were people all around, the locals, telling us how much it was and we were asking different people. By that point, Gary and Will had caught up doing the second part of the challenge. When you're in the heat of the moment and you gotta go because there are only three teams, I think it came across as me yelling at the driver but we'd been standing there for 15 minutes asking in a respectful, nice way and you get frustrated when you have stuff to do. I don't think it was in any way me trying to come across as arrogant, we just had to leave!"

What was the biggest challenge for you in the competition?
Caitlin: "For me, it was definitely the balloon challenge. It was so hot and we had to wear long sleeves for religious and cultural reasons. I was on fire trying to do that task and the bike was too small for me so my knees kept hitting the front of the merry-go-round thing. In general, the hardest for us was just that it was mentally draining throughout the whole thing. You don't realize that until you're actually racing. And also having to experience the language barriers - it's something you know you'll come in contact with, but we didn't realize it was going to be as challenging as it ended up being."

On the other end of the spectrum, what was the best part of the experience?
Brittany: "Being able to experience all the different cultures makes you know how blessed you really are. Even the small things like taking a shower! Being able to experience those cultures and travel the world and meet the type of people we did was great. We made friends for life and it's one of those experiences you'll always look back and be grateful to have been a part of."

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow competitors?
Caitlin: "We became friends with a ton of teams. Amy and Daniel we were always close with. We were friends with the Sri Lankan twins, the Chippendales... all of us. We were all really close, but obviously it was easier for us to relate to the younger teams. We all plan on keeping in touch and meeting up at some point in the future."

What did you do to prepare for joining the race?
Caitlin: "We're both really competitive and into sports so we knew we could count on each other to stay in shape and just, you know, be ready physically. That's the one thing we felt we had control over, so we'd always be on each other to do workout plans. Also, Brittany is really good with coming up with different strategies and she came up with one to do some team building skills. We kind of just prepared as much as we could, but you really can't prepare for the things you actually do on the race."

Would you change anything if you had to repeat the experience?
Brittany: "There's nothing we would change that we did. Every challenge we did, we did the best that we could. Even the third leg, I knew that in order for us to stay in the competition, I had to stand up and represent Caitlin and I and take on that roadblock. I did it in five minutes and it kind of worked out. We got to the train station a bit late but we were neck and neck for a while. We controlled what we could and at the same time it just came down to the cab driver. I wish America could see we were more respectful of the cultures we were in, it just came down to the editing. When you're in the heat of the moment, it brings out a different side of you - we were there to compete and keep moving, not twiddle our thumbs."

What's next for you?
Caitlin: "I just moved from St Louis to Atlanta so I'm kind of excited to start a new chapter in my life. It's good to be back in the south because I have a bunch of friends here. It's exciting."

Brittany: "I'm still in Chicago and just started a job with a pharmaceutical company. Plus, I just moved to a new place down the street, so I'm just looking forward to seeing what's next and I'm proud of Caitlin and I, because we're a strong team."
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Post by: bc922 on October 16, 2012, 01:59:04 PM (

The Amazing Race 21: Exclusive Interview with Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher
by Gina Scarpa

In 21 seasons of The Amazing Race, we've seen time and time again how a lost cab driver can derail a team and cost them a shot at the million dollar grand prize. This week, in Indonesia, Caitlin and Brittany were at the mercy of a pedicab driver who was unsure of where he was going. They fell to the bottom of the pack and it came down to a close race with Gary and Will, but the girls took yet another wrong turn and arrived at the mat last. We talked to them today in an exclusive interview about their partnership in the race, the teams they were working with, and how they feel about their elimination.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Why did you want to audition for The Amazing Race and did you have any fears or worries going in?
A. Brittany: It was one of those things where I always had it on my bucket list. I wanted to do this and The Price Is Right! Caitlin and I are so competitive and it was one of those things where I knew she'd be the perfect partner. We definitely did not have any fears. If you're fearful or doubtful, why are you here? Who knows what you're going to do next on this race?

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What makes the two of you such a good team?
A. Caitlin: I think both of us are just very competitive, we come from sports backgrounds. With Brittany, she's in medical sales so she's always on her feet and is outspoken. She likes to make quick decisions. I'm kind of more laid back and go with the flow. In hectic situations, I can try to maybe calm her down and she can pep me up when I need to get going. It's a good mix but we know each other so well, so we never let it get to the point where we were mentally breaking each other down.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Heading to China for the first leg of the race must have been pretty intense. What was it like for you?
A. Caitlin: Yeah, the first leg, I think we were immediately having to run and do a ton on our feet after what was a 17 hour flight. We were just happy at that point that we had been training for it and been running. You really don't realize how heavy your backpacks become when you have it on for that long. Shanghai was a really big challenge right away. We got lucky that we were able to get to the places and not get lost in the first leg.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Which teams stood out to you as a threat in the very beginning and who were you working with along the way?
A. Brittany: I think going into it, you really don't know because you're not able to talk to teams until the start. The Chippendales, they're a guy team, they're built, and they're two guys we thought were competition. We knew the rockers were street smart, book smart, and would play the game well. Then, you have Abbie and Ryan and the twins. Amy and Daniel were a great team. We worked well with the Chippendales right from the beginning, along with the twins, Amy and Daniel, and Abbie and Ryan.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: During this week's leg of the race, how long were you going around looking for the U-Turn?
A. Brittany: Basically, at the end, what had happened before was that we were the sixth team and did the Detour. They showed us competing with Will and Gary at the end. They tried to make it look more suspenseful. We had left and the driver took us on a different route. We were not even able to see the U-Turn. Our driver passed it again and we saw it over our shoulder and told them to stop.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Was it tough that your elimination came from something that was out of your control in some ways?
A. Caitlin: Yeah, I mean, that was frustrating for us but then after it was all done and over with, we were talking about it. For us, if we weren't able to complete a challenge or something physically, I think that would've probably weighed on us a little more. That's what we always knew going in, was that we weren't scared of any challenges. It was annoying that it was out of control but I'd rather have that than not be able to finish a task.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Did being on The Amazing Race inspire you to want to travel more?
A. Brittany: I mean, of course, being able to travel the world and see every country as we did and be able to do the tasks and challenges and experience different cultures is something we were blessed to be a part of. We'd love to travel the rest of our lives but The Amazing Race encouraged us to always keep going and never give up.
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Post by: georgiapeach on October 16, 2012, 10:25:45 PM
Thanks for doing these, bc922!
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Post by: AmazingRace on October 28, 2012, 04:28:26 AM
Any video of Brittany at The Price Is Right?
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Post by: supah on October 28, 2012, 05:07:53 AM
Any video of Brittany at The Price Is Right? :)
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Post by: AmazingRace on October 29, 2012, 03:04:13 AM
Any video of Brittany at The Price Is Right? :)

Thank you so much!  :<3

Wow, I didn't know she participated when Bob Barker was the host! Was expecting to see Drew Carey!
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Post by: ZouLy on January 01, 2013, 06:29:57 AM

From :

Gordon Beckham engaged to 'Amazing Race' contestant

By C. Trent Rosecrans
December 27, 2012 6:27 pm ET


Gordon Beckham has signed up for an Amazing Race to the alter. (Getty Images)

Welcome to the CBS family, Gordon Beckham.

The Chicago White Sox second baseman took to Twitter on Thursday to announce he'd gotten engaged:


The connection to CBS? Future wife Brittany Fletcher was a contestant on this past season of The Amazing Race, teaming with best friend Caitlin King. Spoiler Alert: Fletcher and King were eliminated in the third episode, while Beckham hit just .234 in 2012. Regardless, it should go down as a good year for both (plus Beckham is arbitration-eligible for the first time, so he should get a raise in 2013). Congrats, kids.

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Post by: georgiapeach on January 01, 2013, 09:18:27 AM
Such wonderful news! Gordan is a delightful man and had MANY kind words to say about RFF at TARcon. They make a charming couple and I know you all join me in wishing the two of them every happiness! Love to Brittany and Gordan!

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Post by: Mug Costanza on January 01, 2013, 02:05:39 PM
Man... she goes on "The Price is Right", she goes on "The Amazing Race", she's marrying a professional athlete... some people have all the luck! :lol: