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Re: Tim Wiyninger & Danny Merkey "Best Friends - Oil Field Operators"
« Reply #50 on: November 06, 2013, 06:04:44 PM »

Elimination Interview: Danny and Tim

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 02:10pm

Read what Danny and Tim had to say about their time in the Race and what their favorite moments were!

Kira R: I was sad to see you leave and was hoping it was a non elimination race. However, of the countries you did get to visit, which did you enjoy the most and what game did you find the most fun/most challenging?
My favorite country was Portugal. It was beautiful! All the buildings looking down to the city was amazing. It looked like a painting. The toughest challenge for me was the signing challenge. I can't sing in English and I can't speak German so that was just not good. My favorite was jumping off the cliff in Chile. Paragliding over the city and just taking it all in was amazing. Something I have never done and will probably never do again.
Danny: The hardest thing for me was the dancing. I don't dance and I sure don't dance in a dress. That was not much fun. Portugal was also my favorite country. It was so beautiful and everyone was so nice. My favorite challenge was in Portugal... the knight challenge. When we shot the huge crossbows. That was pretty fun even though it was really hot outside.

Marian K: What in the race would you gladly do again and what would you not do? Sorry to see you go because of such a challenge.
If I could redo it I would want to do everything again. It was all so amazing. If I do have to say something I do not want to do again it is dance with Danny. He gets a little bit of a temper when he is wearing that dress.
Danny: I would like to do it all again as well. If we could have traded some of the challenges like Tim would have shined the guys shoes and I could have jumped off the cliff that would be great. I would have enjoyed bungee jumping into the water and paragliding as well.

Tanya M: What was the most amazing moment so far? Would you change anything?
The most amazing part is whenever you are lined up on the starting line for the first time. All the adrenaline pumping through your veins is amazing. Not very many people get to do that.

Jessica N: What was your first thought after you know that you have to sing a song in another language that you don't even understand a word?
I wish Marie would have given me the express pass.

Cedie D: What is the important lesson have you learned by joining Amazing Race?
Tim and Danny:
Never give up and don't take anything for granted. We only made it halfway around the world but we wouldn't trade it for anything except for maybe a million dollars.

Marie B: Who are you rooting for to win this season?
Danny and I bonded with all the teams on the first airplane. So I'm rooting for Jay and Amy, but I also think it would be pretty cool to see the Afghanimals win because everyone is against them.
Danny: I agree with Tim on the Afghanimals. In Oklahoma we always root for the underdogs. I also really bonded with Travis and Nicole. They are just really down to earth people.
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Re: Tim Wiyninger & Danny Merkey "Best Friends - Oil Field Operators"
« Reply #51 on: November 07, 2013, 03:33:36 AM »
The Amazing Race 23: Exclusive Interview with Tim Wiyninger and Danny Merkey

Posted on 11/06/2013 by Gina in The Amazing Race and Cast Interviews   


by Gina Scarpa


Best friends Tim Wiyninger and Danny Merkey got the adventure of a lifetime when they were cast this season on The Amazing Race. The Oklahoma boys had very little travel experience, had never been out of the country, and suddenly found themselves in Chile, Portgual, Norway, Poland, and Austria. Austria, though, ended up being the end of the road for the pair after a very tough Road Block. We chatted with them today about their experience, whether or not they would've taken a cab from another team, and if they'd gear up to race again.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Who was the one who really pushed the other to try out for The Amazing Race?
A. Tim: It was a mutual thing. We were at work and we were always talking about what we could do to win a game show. The Amazing Race seemed perfect for us.

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Given that you two haven't traveled really, and haven't been out of the country, what was it like to be on the race?
A. Tim: For me, it was exciting! It was something new to experience. I don't really stress that easily, to be honest. It was great. The main thing when you're traveling is just the language barrier. If you can get by, it's all good.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: That Vienna Boys Choir challenge this week looked like one of the toughest in recent memory. What were you feeling, going into it?
A. Danny: I think that challenge was rough! Everybody struggled with it to some extent. There were people there with musical backgrounds... a lot more musically inclined than Tim or I. It's something you'd never think of to work on.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Tim, it took you a long time to finish that Road Block. Were you starting to panic as more teams finished and left?
A. Tim: I think it was more stressful for Danny than me. I'm downstairs and didn't really know what was going on. Were you pretty stressed out, Dan?
A. Danny: Yeah, I was pretty stressed! We were the third of the fourth team there and Tim goes to pick a teacher and work on his singing. I see team after team come in. I think a couple teams were on their second or third try before Tim came up the first time.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: There was talk by the fans this week about Tim and Marie stealing Jason and Amy's cab. If you were in their position, would you have taken the cab?
A. Tim: Everybody sees us as really nice guys but the cab was fair game. I would've done the same thing! They're in it to win it!
A. Danny: I would've talked him out of it if there was another cab there. If it was the only cab...
A. Tim: It wasn't easy to get a cab in Vienna!


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: The news must have been tough to take from Phil that you were eliminated.
A. Danny: When you first hear you're eliminated, it's gut wrenching. It didn't feel good. Looking back, it was a great experience and we feel like we won just by getting to compete this season.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I assume you'd go back in a heartbeat if you were asked to compete again?
A. Tim: Absolutely!
A. Danny: Half a heartbeat!
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