#TheReporters Reflect On Their Amazing Race Win

#TheReporters win Season 27 of The Amazing Race!

#TheReporters win Season 27 of The Amazing Race!

After traveling 34,000 miles around the world, through five continents and 10 countries, Kelsey and Joey (#TheReporters) managed to win the $1 million grand prize for Season 27 of The Amazing Race!

We were able to catch up with the news-making couple following their journey of a lifetime and here's what they had to say. 
1. How did it feel to come in second on most legs, but you managed to win when it counted most?

1. How did it feel to come in second on most legs, but you managed to win when it counted most?

Joey: "Second place was the worst, but good at the same time. It’s always nice to keep racing, but Kelsey and I are so competitive that we wanted [to finish] first so bad. Running up to the final mat with Phil and him telling us we were the winners was an incredible feeling. Still hasn’t sunk in."

Kelsey: "Coming in second was rough, just because we were so close to getting first five times in a row. We felt like we were a really strong team and deserved a first, and we are thrilled that our first first was the last leg. It's the only leg that really counts. Being a huge fan of The Amazing Race, hearing Phil say the words, 'You are the winners of The Amazing Race,' was a dream come true."
2. What is the biggest lesson you learned from The Amazing Race?

2. What is the biggest lesson you learned from The Amazing Race?

Joey: "I learned Kelsey and I can conquer anything. We make a great team." 

Kelsey: "I learned that Joey and I can accomplish anything we set our mind to, that the two of us are a strong team, and are unstoppable together."
3. Do you plan on giving your cab driver a special gift for refusing to give the other two teams rides?

3. Do you plan on giving your cab driver a special gift for refusing to give the other two teams rides?

Joey: "As it was happening I told the guy, 'This is a race for $1 million. I’ll send you a check if we win!' So, if I can find that one NYC cabbie, he’s got some cash coming his way." 

Kelsey: "We are so lucky to have had a loyal cab driver. If we could find him or if we ever run into him again, we are giving him a huge tip."
4. What Race skills did you obtain that you'll use back to the real world?

4. What Race skills did you obtain that you'll use back to the real world?

Joey: "As reporters, we now have a better understanding of the world we report on. When something happens in Africa or India, we now have a better appreciation for the people impacted. The Race has changed us for the better." 

Kelsey: "This Race really made the world feel much smaller and [we now] have an appreciation for so many different cultures."
 
5. If you could have added an

5. If you could have added an "extra country" to the Race, which one would you have liked to visit?

Joey: "I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy. Love the food, family, and history." 

Kelsey: "If I could add an extra country it would be Australia because I have always wanted to go there—see the sights, experience the culture, and, hey, it would have made our Race stretch six continents."
6. Why did you U-Turn #TeamTexas?

6. Why did you U-Turn #TeamTexas?

Joey: "We didn’t know where we stood in the Race. Our tuk-tuk got so lost leaving the Roadblock, Justin and Diana finished the 'Cans' Detour and we never saw anyone else. #TeamTexas are great guys, but we wanted to make sure we were safe and also get rid of major competition."

Kelsey: "Not seeing any other teams for a good two hours, we thought we could be near last, and U-Turning the team with the Speed Bump was the only way to guarantee our safety."
7. What challenge in the Race did you find to be the most difficult?

7. What challenge in the Race did you find to be the most difficult?

Joey: "The final leg lobster traps were very difficult. Kelsey and I gave everything, all our energy and strength. Our traps were tangled up, so instead of pulling up one trap at a time, we pulled up all seven. It was tough." 

Kelsey: "The lobster trap challenge was definitely the most difficult. Without the adrenaline of it being the final leg, I honestly don’t know if we would of been able to do it."
8. What's in store for the future of your relationship?

8. What's in store for the future of your relationship?

Joey: "I love this girl! Both of us plan on a long and happy life together. Marriage is somewhere around the corner, but I can’t ruin the surprise!"

Kelsey: "Race was the ultimate test for a relationship and we passed with flying colors. So I plan on spending the rest of my life with this man."

Watch The Amazing Race on CBS.