Congrats to Jason and Amy, winners of The Amazing Race 23! Read on as they talk about their high and low points from the Race, and if marriage is in their future!
Nicole L: Is Jason going to ask Amy to marry him?
Jason: Thanks for putting me on the spot, Nicole! lol Amy and I certainly have a future together. The Amazing Race was only one chapter in our lives and right now we are enjoying the emotional experience of it all.
Josh P: Amy, what does it feel like to be the first beauty pageant girl in Amazing Race history to win the Race?
Amy: I am thrilled, Josh!!! Pageants have been a part of my life for 16 years, and much of my competitive spirit derives from competing for so many years. I am proud to show that a person can compete and still keep true to his/her values. When I speak to young women interested in competing, I always try to instill in them the principle that "competitions" are about competing with yourself, not the other competitors. They are about becoming the very best version of yourself without wasting any time worrying about others. You can't control what others do or don't do. Understanding that I was my only competition, both in the race and in pageants, is what contributed to my successes and always made me feel comfortable helping others along the way.
Debbie S: Amy and Jason worked really well as a team. Did they have any serious conflicts?
Jason: Thanks, Debbie. Being a dating couple was a challenge in itself while on the Amazing Race. We certainly had our moments of frustration and conflict, but what made us a consistent team was our ability to overcome and persevere through those intense situations and stay focused. We each have dominant personalities which typically tend to clash in stressful environments. Al Ain was a leg we bickered more than usual. Having been lost for 2 hours didn't stop Amy from yelling at me from the back seat. We hit a breaking point, but knowing "Providence Amy's" personality, I tried to remain calm which diffused the situation and we were able to still finished second behind an express pass.
Amy: Debbie, me being a backseat driver was bad for our team! Haha
Lori M: Congratulations to Jason and Amy for winning and playing gracefully. What was the hardest and easiest leg of the race and why?
Jason: Hi Lori, thanks! Most legs were really tough. The easiest leg of the race seemed to be Portugal. We didn't have difficulty with the Road Block or the Detour, and breezed through them quickly. One wrong turn did cost us first place. I think Amy has forgiven me for that one. The toughest leg, physically, was Norway. The fish head challenge took a lot of strength and endurance fighting against the Arctic weather, swimming in the 40-degree water and having to find our way to the Viking Longhouse with no directions at 2AM (while the sun was still shining) made it a leg that separated the stronger teams from others.
Amy: Thanks, Lori! (BTW- Lori is also my best friends's name! HA!) The Amazing Race is hard! I don't think any of the legs were "easy", but we did feel very confident during Leg 1 in Iquique, because I am fluent in Spanish and Jason rowed crew in prep school. Getting around, communicating with locals and completing the Road Blocks were not as challenging. Based on the teams' "leg time" (the time teams arrived at the airport in Iquique and the time they checked in at the mat during that leg), Jason and I finished that leg just as fast as the top teams. It was unfortunate we didn't arrive to LAX in time to get on the first flight because if we had, we were definitely contenders to earn those Express Passes! The toughest leg for me...it's a toss up between Al Ain and Alaska. Al Ain was mentality tough for me because we were required to drive ourselves around a place where we had the most communication barriers. Not only did we not speak or understand any of the language, but as I woman who wanted to remain respectful of the culture, I really did not feel comfortable speaking on our team's behalf (which I had done the entire race) while doing research and asking for directions. All these elements contributed to my mini mental breakdown while being a terrible backseat driver! In Alaska, my sprained ankle was a big struggle during the glacier and crevasse tasks. I was in so much pain every time I had to stomp and dig my ice cleats. Since Leg 6, when I first got hurt in Vienna, I hadn't put so much pressure on that foot. I limped half of the entire Race and I am happy I muscled through it and never let it set our team behind.
Margaret B: Amy and Jason were all class. They did a fantastic job and deserved to win. What is next for the two of you?
Amy: Thank you, Margaret! At this moment we are still on Cloud 9 and haven't given it much thought, but as an adventurer, I am open to exploring amazing opportunities!
Jason: I would like to spend some time traveling with Amy. The race has opened my eyes to the great big world we live in and I feel a little exploration would be fun. Continuing to prosper with my business, and hoping to start a family soon are also on the list. If any opportunities arise we will certainly consider them, hoping for an all winners season of TAR in the future!
Sarah-Ann K: What do Jason and Amy plan to do with the million dollars?
Jason: Hi Sarah, believe it not, we have not put too much thought into that yet. I would enjoy visiting our fellow cast members and meeting their families. We were blessed to have raced with incredible people and the most genuine I have ever come across, and yes even Marie is not so bad.
Amy: Goodness, what not to do with a million dollars, Sarah? Travel has always been a huge part of my life! Before the race, I had visited 18 countries, and I hope to continue to explore the world. As Jason mentioned, we became close to other teams, in fact we celebrated Thanksgiving with Travis and Nicole, and we spent the Finale weekend with several of the other teams, so we hope to visit their hometowns and meet their families and friends. Finally, my life motto is, "A woman who serves is a woman who leads", therefore, being involved with several charitable organizations is my other great passion and takes up much of my time, so I look forward to being able to contribute more than just my time with the winnings!
Ralph E: Jason and Amy, You had some of the best sportsmanship of any race yet. You deserved the win most of all winners. What is your secret to staying so calm throughout the race?
Jason: Thank you, Ralph! Amy and I didn't choose to run the race any particular way. What you watched was us being ourselves during everyday situations. We are very caring and loving people, and our hope is to have inspired others to be that way. I'm not sure if there is a secret to staying calm other than using common sense and thinking methodically and not emotionally. Keeping our poise and focus really helped us to be a better team and even better teammates. The key to the game is keeping your composure and working together not against each other.
Amy: Ralph, of course winning the Race was obviously the highlight of the experience, but in all honesty, I am most proud of the way we played the game! We formed great bonds/friendships with several of the other teams, played with integrity, never gave up or made excuses, but instead worked together and we persevered through unforeseen circumstances that were out of our control. We used all of our second-place finishes as motivation to continue to stay on top without the advantage of any race "shortcuts" (passes, use of u-turns, etc.) Additionally, being aware of how to play smart- not ever switching Detours, analyzing our surroundings before choosing who would complete Road Blocks, asking tons of questions while in taxis, and doing a lot of research on the internet before arriving in our next destination- made us feel very prepared and confident and therefore, didn't lead to many mistakes. Going into the final leg, Jason and I held our heads high and felt proud to have played well and to have played honorably. Win or lose, we already felt like winners.
Jason and Amy: Thank you all for your questions and we appreciate you watching this season of The Amazing Race!!!