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TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:24:09 PM »
Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher
 
 






Name: Bergen Olson


Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Current occupation: Human Resources Project Manager
Describe what you do: I work for a tech start up in the Silicon Valley, leading the implementation of our company's Human Resources Information System.
3 words to describe you: Energetic, driven and empathetic.
Favorite hobbies: Watching and playing sports, especially volleyball. I love to cook and bake - my favorites include chocolate chip cookies, meatballs, pasta and mashed potatoes! So naturally, I love eating all of my favorites! I also love to travel, even though I haven't done much of it!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Not to sound clichť, but coming out and being proud of who I truly am to my friends and family, especially in a conservative Minnesota county, was one of my proudest accomplishments. Iím also really proud of where I am at with my career at only age 23.
What scares you most about traveling? I think what scares me most about traveling is the language barrier, as well as getting lost and not knowing where I am is a little unsettling.
What excites you most about traveling? I can't wait to see different cultures and experience the different ways that people live all over the world! To me that will be truly unforgettable, as it will open my eyes to things I haven't experienced before!
How many serious relationships have you been in? It really depends how you consider "serious." I have been in 5 relationships, but none have gone longer than a year. Hopefully that will change soon!
What are your deal breakers in a relationship? I can't date anyone that smokes, does drugs, has poor personal hygiene or has a tendency to cheat and lie.
What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? A good personality, has a good sense of humor and someone who makes me feel special and loved. I love nothing more than for my partner to make me laugh and smile each and every day!
What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Smoking/bad breath, poor personal hygiene and bad kisser.
Who is your celebrity crush? Can't just pick one, so... Channing Tatum, Tom Daley and Zac Efron. I may be gay, but Jennifer Aniston is on the list too!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? A mix between the following: Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and Melissa McCarthy! Just wait till you meet me and the answer will explain itself!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? This is such a hard question, but one that tops the list would be Bergen, Norway! Anywhere in Europe or Australia too!



Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher


Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, KY
Relationship Status: Single
Current occupation: Pageant consultant
Describe what you do: Anything from coaching, directing, judging, hair and managing production! Iíve done it in 8 states now from local, to state, to National Level Pageantry.
3 words to describe you: Gifted, abrasive (sometimes) and funny.
Favorite hobbies: Karaoke, volleyball and pageants.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Honestly, probably coming out as a gay man in high school. Iím from a very small town.
What scares you most about traveling? Flying! What excites you most about traveling? Being somewhere where you have never been before is very exciting. There is a lot of beauty and charm in the world & it's a basic human desire to explore it. Plus, Once your trip is over you get to go back to good ole' home sweet home.
How many serious relationships have you been in? I have actually never been in a relationship. While I am picky, I have not had the best of luck.
What are your deal breakers in a relationship? Controlling and lazy! I want somebody thatís loving and a hard worker.
What are the top 3 qualities you are looking for in a mate? Family oriented, funny and stability.
What are 3 turn offs or pet peeves in a mate? Personal hygiene - stay clean! Being lazy and not motivated. If they care about me, they better show it! Dedication!!
Who is your celebrity crush? Bradley Cooper- yes please!
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Carol Channing
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Rome - "The Eternal City." Not only is it beautiful and has a romantic atmosphere but it's the Capital of Italy & I LOVE Italian Food.

   
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 01:37:24 PM »
Meet BERGEN!
 
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/blgS2TLVYfw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/blgS2TLVYfw</a>


Meet KURT!


<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/2fEI2zUs1_g" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/2fEI2zUs1_g</a>
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 07:46:40 AM »
hellomacklomore but anyoing

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 10:49:55 PM »
Okay, I think they look really cute together. Serious. I think they're going to have the most chemistry of the lot (whether bickering or not) and they give me the vibes of the goat farmers <333

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 10:52:23 PM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 10:29:10 AM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.

I actually think it will be the exact opposite! :lol:

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2015, 04:37:57 PM »
From NDSU student to reality TV: Bergen Olson reflects on blind dating, traveling the world in ĎAmazing Raceí

By Ryan Johnson Today at 9:47 a.m.



The 2013 NDSU alumnus, now 24, grew up in Danvers, Minn., attending school in nearby Benson, Minn., and said he was a ďhuge fanĒ of reality television since childhood.

But he didnít make the cut for ďBig Brother,Ē and assumed the casting producer was just being nice when she told him to stay positive Ė he just might get a call back someday.

Last August, that call finally came, and after a quick casting process, Olson was selected to compete on the 26th season of CBSí ďThe Amazing RaceĒ that premieres Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Olson, who now works for a tech startup in Sunnyvale, Calif., headed overseas last November to film the race.

The premise of the show Ė teams of two race across the world for the chance to win $1 million Ė is extreme enough. But the new season has a twist: Five of the teams partnered two complete strangers in what the show bills as ďthe most extreme blind date ever,Ē while the other six teams were couples.

Olson met his race partner, Kurt Jordan Belcher, at the starting line. While he canít discuss how he did in the race Ė or if there were any sparks with his teammate Ė he spoke with The Forum about his decision to compete and what he took away from it all.

What makes you a good fit for reality TV?

Iím really critical about myself, and so I actually asked other people to answer the question for me. Their consensus was just my overall personality.

Iím always trying to find the best in every situation, I try to stay positive and upbeat about everything and Iím always smiling, always trying to crack a joke. So I think it was just my carefree attitude and personality, and obviously my love for reality TV.

Part of this season was the blind date, and Iíve been single for about three years now so it was time for me to get back out there and try that. So what better way to do that than going on a reality TV show that I absolutely love and getting a chance at getting paired up in a good relationship?

Was it as intimidating of a blind date as it sounds?

You just never know who youíre going to get partnered with, and especially in a blind date situation, thatís a lot of pressure to be traveling around the world with someone you just literally met. So I knew it would be a challenge.

Even putting myself out there and sharing my ***uality with everyone, because I havenít come out to some of my family members and friends.

But I was ready to take a step outside of my comfort zone, and thatís what I really took from this experience is just to take a step out and do something that I normally wouldnít do.

But you had come out to some people?

In 2010 when I was a sophomore in college, I actually came out to my parents, my sister and my brother and most of my close friends who hadnít already known. So I did come out to a good majority of people.

But this kind of solidified everything. Once youíre out there on a blind date with a guy on national television, that pretty much solidifies it.

One important person in my life is my only grandparent left, my grandpa, and he hadnít known. I knew that would be a risk going forward, and I wanted to make sure that he was aware and believed in me and supported me.

We actually had a conversation with him, and heís totally supportive of it. That wasnít something I was expecting going into this; I was actually expecting the opposite where he wasnít going to like it and he wasnít going to accept who I am. It turned out vice versa, so Iím super happy I went forward with it.

What did you take from the race?

I had never traveled outside of the U.S. Iím only used to the U.S. culture and U.S. lifestyle, so I was really, really excited to be given the opportunity to go to these other countries and see the way that they live their lives.

It kind of brings you back home and think how grateful we are here in the U.S. for what we have. I think you take it for granted sometimes that we have running water or we can just hop in our car and drive to the store and get whatever.

And again, just to take that weight off my shoulders of who I am. I put myself out there, and now I donít really have to worry.

Iím putting myself on national TV being gay, and I donít have to worry now, ďOK, who knows and who doesnít know?Ē Now everyone knows, and I can just live my life, because lifeís way too short to worry about that kind of stuff.

Weíre in 2015 now. You shouldnít have to worry about how you label yourself as straight, gay, bi, whatever.


http://www.inforum.com/variety/entertainment/3686039-ndsu-student-reality-tv-bergen-olson-reflects-blind-dating-traveling
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2015, 02:40:16 AM »
Bergen crying about not finding love on the Race :lol: <3
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Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice (oh)"

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2015, 06:02:55 PM »
An interesting tweet/response about Bergen and Kurt:

Kelly ‏@kelbottweets
Did the producers of amazing race think Bergen and Kurt would want to date clones of themselves?
5:52 PM - 6 Mar 2015


I can't copy it directly, but Bergen favorited it.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2015, 08:12:40 PM »
Everybody thought that tbh. I think they tried to throw a spanner in the works with most of the blind daters


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2015, 10:39:17 AM »
Kurt is annoying and he makes me hate the entire team. Pls go home next.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2015, 11:15:19 AM »
Bergen is a star <3

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2015, 11:34:24 AM »
Kurt loves someone like Tyler.
Bergen loves someone who is combination of Matt, Blair & Jeff.
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2015, 06:34:50 AM »
Uuuuggh FINALLY they are eliminated, I can't remember a team I HATED so much! Or, to be honest, I just hated Kurt and his attitude :gaah: There are no words to describe it, Bergen is just so unlucky :(


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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2015, 07:48:48 AM »
Bergen is a star who deserves another chance with a better partner. Honestly one of the most uncomfortable boots of all time. :(
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Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2015, 07:50:20 AM »
Bergen should've tore him apart. The car was another excuse for Kurt. Worse version of Colton. Maybe they'd match :):):):) :res:

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2015, 08:01:11 AM »
^ lol.
I'm also hoping that they just didn't show us how Bergen got mad or sth at Kurt and tore him apart for his attitude and wanting to give up on the race.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2015, 08:04:15 AM »
I don't know but I have a feeling that Kurt will be annoying but just my feeling.

Well, so my feeling pre-race is actually right.

Hope that Bergen has another chance but racing with someone he already know, not blind-date.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2015, 06:10:54 PM »
I never thought they stood a chance at winning, but that's one of the worst ways to go out.  Hopefully Bergen gets another chance.  To lose the way they did is just sad.

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2015, 08:02:39 PM »

The stick shift is what got them out. Why didn't the other one drive if he was so desperate to  stay in the race?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2015, 08:26:04 PM »
Because Kurt probably refused or something. I'd have driven off without him

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2015, 08:59:40 PM »
Bergen is a star but he was paired up with someone almost useless </3
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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2015, 12:42:20 PM »

The stick shift is what got them out. Why didn't the other one drive if he was so desperate to  stay in the race?
Bergen was the one you call "desperate to stay" and he was the one trying to drive the car.
Or am I wrong?

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Re: TAR 26: Bergen Olson & Kurt Jordan Belcher "Blind Daters"
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2015, 11:25:44 PM »
You are right, it was Bergen driving. I am surprised he gave in and took the taxi, I guess they were getting tired (of each other mostly).


 

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