|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
TAMMY & VICTOR WIN After getting off to a smashing start, mother and son Margie & Luke seemed to have victory within their grasp until Luke hit the Roadblock. Luke became frustrated as he watched his lead disappear as Victor surpassed him and, along with his sister, claimed the title of winner of THE AMAZING RACE 14.
Departing the tenth and last Pit Stop at 9:15pm, sibling lawyers Tammy & Victor gasped as they learned they had to fly over 5,000 miles to the final destination city of Maui, Hawaii. When they landed, they had make their way to Beach Access 118. Once there, they had to prep a pig for a traditional Hawaiian by seasoning it with island flavoring. Then, they would have to carry the 145-pound pig 200 yards across the beach to the luau. Finally, using an example for reference, they had to properly cover the pig to be cooked.
All three teams took the same flight from Beijing that departed at 9:30am and landed 18 hours later in Maui. Sibling lawyers Tammy & Victor got the early jump into a taxi followed closely by former NFL cheerleaders Jaime & Cara. Both teams stressed to their drivers the importance of this ride, pleading with them to drive as quickly as possible. In last place out of the airport, mother and son Margie & Luke couldn't convince their taxi driver to go fast. In response to Margie's command, the nervous driver responded, "That is illegal ma'am. We cannot do that."
Arriving at the beautiful beach along the Pacific Ocean, Tammy & Victor continued to lead the pack as they began to oil and salt their pig. Moments later, Jaime & Cara joined the sibling lawyers and both teams finished preparing the pig at the same time. Then, both teams put a wooden pole between the tied legs of the pig in order to carry it across the beach. Lifting up the large and heavy pig, both teams carried the at their sides with their arms hanging down, rather than resting the pole on their shoulders, making the task even harder.
Finally reaching the beach in last place, mother and son Margie & Luke quickly salted and oiled their pig before hoisting the porcine creature on their shoulders. While the two teams in front of them struggled to keep a grip on their poles, Margie and her son moved across the beach with strength and determination as the weight of the pig rested on their shoulders. The mother and son passed by Jaime & Cara first, as the former NFL cheerleaders unsuccessfully relied on the strength of their forearms, which resulted in their pig falling onto the sand. Then, Margie & Luke passed by Tammy & Victor to take the lead, as Tammy had to put their pig down and take a break.
As Margie & Luke reached the luau and began burying their pig, Jaime & Cara continued to flounder in last place when Cara kept dropped the pig. A frustrated Jaime yelled, "Cara, please pick up the pig!" After carrying the pig for a few more yards, Cara once again dropped the pig only to upset her partner even more. Jaime ranted, "You're frickin' killing me. I don't understand what the problem is. This is how you lose a million dollars." Eventually, possibly with Jaime's "motivation", Cara mustered the strength to carry the pig to the luau only moments behind a still struggling Tammy.
At the luau, Margie & Luke extended their lead on the other teams by shoveling sand over their pig covering it entirely and completing the task correctly before the other two had barely begun the process. The two teams fell further behind when they realized they incorrectly buried the pig with gigantic palm leaves, requiring them to remove the sand and lift out the branches before reburying it. Meanwhile, Margie & Luke opened their next clue instructing them to travel to the beach at McGregor Point. Once there, they had to take a one-mile ride on a jet ski to a marked buoy field where they would have to search among 100 buoys to find their next clue hanging underwater.
While Tammy & Victor and Jaime & Cara fixed their luau, Margie & Luke arrived at McGregor Point where they dashed in the water and hopped on the watercraft with Margie driving. With Luke holding on behind her, Margie became annoyed when Luke continued to point and shout directions as they neared the buoy field. Finally, Margie snapped to her son, "Don't yell at me!" After wiping out and falling in the water, the pair remounted the watercraft and quickly found their clue. Returning to shore just as Tammy & Victor and Jaime & Cara took to the water, Margie & Luke opened their clue instructing them to race along the Hana Highway and find a fence made of surfboards.
Arriving at the surfboard fence in first place, mother and son Margie & Luke opened their clue to find the final Roadblock of the race. In it, one team member had to overcome three weeks worth of physical and mental fatigue and remember everything they had done on the race. Teams had to search through a pile of over 300 vintage surfboards to find 11 that have pictures related to the things they've encountered on the prior 11 legs of the race. Then, they had to create a surfboard fence by standing the boards up in the correct order according to their pictures.
With a million dollars on the line, Luke ran to the massive pile of surfboards and began wading through them one at a time. On the potentially daunting task at hand, Luke remarked, "I was very confident going into the Roadblock. I knew where we went. I knew everything we did." Immediately, Luke found the surfboard with a picture depicting the Church of San Antonio in Locarno from the first leg. Then, he added to his collection when found the surfboard with the picture of the Krasnoyarsk Dam on the10 ruble note from leg four. With no teams in sight, Luke then added a third surfboard depicting the Bangkok boat from leg eight and appeared well on his way to finishing.
As he added a fourth surfboard of Esso the Tiger from leg seven in Thailand, and a fifth board of the nose flute player from leg six in Jaipur, to increase his lead, the other two teams had problems even getting to the surfboard fence. A frustrated Tammy & Victor rode behind a slow car on the single-lane Hana Highway, while Jaime & Cara discovered their driver didn't know where to take them. Stopped on the side of the highway, Jaime berated her driver in a familiar fashion as he called dispatch to ask for help. The dispatch woman had no time for Jaime's attitude and responded to the driver, "You need to tell your people that I am not their personal concierge." After Jaime borrowed the driver's phone to call the police department for directions, she figured they would all set, but then the driver needed to stop for gas making Jaime fume even more than before.
By the time Tammy & Victor arrived at the surfboard fence, Luke had added the surfboard from leg five in Novosibirsk depicting a Lada, the surfboard from leg nine in Guilin showing the cormorants, and the surfboard from leg three of gymnastics in Romania for a total of eight boards. With his back against the wall, Victor began sifting through the pile of boards hoping to catch up to the efficient Luke. As Luke found his ninth board of the gondola from leg two in Ruhpolding, Victor had only found two. Appearing on the verge of finishing the Roadblock, Luke ran up to place his tenth board on the rack, but it wasn't correct.
With Jaime & Cara finally arriving at the Roadblock, Luke struggled to find the last two surfboards as Victor slowly began to catch up. Margie noticed her son become frustrated and tried to encourage him to continue looking. Soon, Victor found the two boards that Luke still needed, the foot massage from leg ten and the fried scorpions on skewers from leg eleven. Sensing Victor closing in, Luke kept trying board after board with no success. He eventually found the surfboard of the foot massage, but he still couldn't find the scorpion skewers as a determined Victor inched closer. An emotional Luke watched helplessly as Victor found his final board, the Lada from leg five, to complete his fence. Opening their clue, Tammy & Victor discovered they needed to travel to the finish line at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.
As Tammy & Victor sped off, Jaime and Luke both needed one more board, but couldn't figure out what it was. From the sidelines, Margie suggested that Jaime and Luke work together to help. Luke told Jaime that the painting from the Church of San Antonio was from the first leg, her stumbling block. In return, Jaime turned over her surfboards to reveal the scorpion skewer Luke missed from leg eleven.
With Tammy & Victor nearing the finish line, Luke and Jaime, in their respective taxis, imagined what could have been. A tearful Jaime apologized to Cara, "I'm sorry I forgot the church." Cara responded, "I'm not anything but proud of you and us." Margie consoled her despondent son who looked crushed at having lost the million dollar prize. Margie told Luke, "Be proud of yourself, okay?"
On the lush green grass of the King Kamehameha Golf Club, the eight eliminated teams cheered as sibling lawyers Tammy & Victor ran to the finish line where Phil stood. After three continents, nine countries, and 40,000 miles, Phil declared Tammy & Victor winners of THE AMAZING RACE and the one million dollar prize. On the experience, Victor said, "I just tried to enjoy the race for what it was and just be true to my emotions through the highs and the lows. I just can't believe that we're here right now." Tammy later added, "I don't think this race changed completely 26 years of Victor and my relationship, but it has helped it progress. When I look back at all the crazy things that I've done, I learned that the nerdy little Asian girl who could barely hold up her backpack before can do quite a bit."
Running onto the mat in second place, former NFL cheerleaders Jaime & Cara commented on their experience on the race. Cara said, "This experience was the most wild, unexpected, and enriching experiences I think I probably will ever have in my life." Jaime added, "It's really extra special when females can be on the same playing field with the guys. Second is not too shabby. Cara and I have a lot to be proud of."
Finally, the emotional Margie & Luke stepped onto the mat to claim third place. When asked why his mother was so special, Luke signed, "A lot of deaf people's parents don't sign. I'm very lucky to have you." Margie later added, "I'm so happy for Luke that he got to be on THE AMAZING RACE. Just to see how happy it's made him is just great." Luke wrapped up his thoughts by saying, "The first deaf person on THE AMAZING RACE, I'm very proud of that. No matter what, deaf people can do anything."
Winner Victor closed with his thoughts on what the experience of the race brought him. He said, "My entire life I always feel like I've done what was expected of me and what was the right thing to do. This was my opportunity to do something that everyone thinks is a crazy thing to do. I' m just so grateful I come out of it feeling like there are no walls or rules in terms of what you have to be."
1412 ROUTE MARKERS
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one person can perform. In this Roadblock, that team member had to overcome three weeks worth of physical and mental fatigue and remember everything they had done on the race. Teams had to search through a pile of over 300 vintage surfboards to find 11 that have pictures related to the things they've encountered on the prior 11 legs of the race. Then, they had to create a surfboard fence by standing the boards up in the correct order according to their pictures.
Performed Road Block: JAIME, LUKE, VICTOR
Order of Finish:
1. Tammy & Victor
2. Jaime & Cara
3. Margie & Luke