#TheGreenTeam Reflect On Their Adventures During The Amazing Race

#TheGreenTeam run on the beach in The Amazing Race.

1. #TheGreenTeam run on the beach in The Amazing Race.

After traveling the globe, Justin and Diana (#TheGreenTeam) came up a few steps short on the season finale of The Amazing Race, and host Phil Keoghan had to give them the disappointing news that they came in second place.

While the engaged couple didn't take winning title, their bright outlook and love for the game couldn't be stopped. 

Read what this couple had to say about their experience on The Amazing Race.
1. If invited back for All Stars would you return and have you learned anything about the Race and

2. 1. If invited back for All Stars would you return and have you learned anything about the Race and

yourselves from watching the episode?​
Diana:
"Is this the invitation?! Of course, Justin and I would return for an All Stars Season, and now, we feel like we have even more to prove. I learned how strong I really am and how I shouldn't doubt myself or my abilities for anything. There were so many challenges that people would tell me they could never do, [like] dance the tango on a wall, bungee jump, [or] walk with lions.

I wouldn't have thought I could do them either, but you gain this inner strength in yourself and you realize that really can do anything! I also think that despite the disagreements Justin and I have, our love for each other is stronger than anything else. We fight with passion and we love with passion, and to us, that is the most important."

Justin: "Of course! I would run the Race once a year if they would let me! I learned a lot about myself and Diana. I know Diana is much stronger than she thinks she is. I know she is the perfect balance for me in life and I know she's going to be an amazing mother. What I learned about myself is that I need to be more aware of how others perceive me and take a deep breath before I react to things. Diana and I are teammates for life. We both want the same things, so arguing is pointless when we have the same goals. She's so smart. I know I need to listen more."
2. Was competing on the Race all you dreamed it would be?

3. 2. Was competing on the Race all you dreamed it would be?

Diana: "Competing on Race was so much more than you dream about. You envision the famous landmarks and countries, but it's the people and cultures that stick with you when you're back home."

Justin: "It's so cliché to say it was everything and more, but it really was. Traveling is more than just seen landmarks and monuments—you should want to experience the culture and understand how other people live. It makes you really appreciate how lucky and fortunate we are to have been born in America."
3. What was your favorite moment from the Race?

4. 3. What was your favorite moment from the Race?

Diana: "My favorite moment was our first win in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We overcame so many obstacles that first leg in Brazil, so to go from ninth place to first was exhilarating! Running to that mat and seeing Phil standing, waiting for us there was so emotional! My expectation for the Race was to not get eliminated. Justin's expectation was to win every leg. Winning that first leg was an eye opener that anything is possible!"

Justin: "There are so many great moments for me. One of my favorites was watching Diana bungee jump in Africa. She was so scared but so determined, and when she finished you could see how excited and proud she was to have overcome her fears."
4. What challenge in the Race did you find to be the most difficult?

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

Diana: "The biggest challenge for me was fitting in, socially. Going in, I did not want to seem threatening or [like] a 'know-it-all.' I wanted to make some friends, travel the world, and win $1 million. Justin wanted everyone to know how prepared we were and that began to separate us from the beginning. He didn't do it on purpose, but it ended up being a big reason we had such a target on our backs from the start. I think it's hard to be successful and still be social because you feel like you are taking something away from the other racers when you win. And then, when you keep winning, it just get worse."

Justin: "For me, it was the barbecue task in Argentina. Diana is so much better with the little detail tasks as I seem to paint with a much broader brush. I was so focused on getting the metal ties correct that I didn't see the simple things, like flipping the ribs around, and it still kills me that we lost that leg by 15 seconds!"
5. How does it feel to know now that the other teams were conspiring against you since the beginning

6. 5. How does it feel to know now that the other teams were conspiring against you since the beginning

of the Race?​
Diana:
"In the beginning, we knew #TeamTexas was after us, but we had no idea that all the teams were in it for the Express Pass! That was something we didn't learn until after the Race was already over. It was a good feeling to know that despite having such a large target on our backs, Justin and I were able to overcome all of that and still come out on top for so many of the legs.

Just being on the Race was a dream come true, but being on the Race and winning seven out of 12 legs is what we will remember most."

Justin: "It's pretty interesting. As a fan, it's fun to watch, but as a contestant, it's tough knowing that since day one it was everybody versus #TheGreenTeam. I think it also makes what we accomplished so much more meaningful because one mistake on any of the U-Turn legs and we could've been out of this race."
6. Is Justin just as emotional in his real life as he was on the Race?

7. 6. Is Justin just as emotional in his real life as he was on the Race?

Diana: "Yes, he is! Justin is emotional and never hides how he is feeling. He always lets you know where you stand and makes no apologies about it. Justin wears his heart on his sleeve and professes his love for me every waking moment! (He is definitely more loving that I am!)"

Justin: "Yes and no. I am a very passionate person and have learned I need to release my emotions because I used to keep them bottled up. But there are only a few things that can trigger those emotions and the Race just happens to have most of them. Anyone who really knows me has definitely seen that side of me. It's just a part of who I am."
7. What was the most important thing you learned about yourself and your teammate?

8. 7. What was the most important thing you learned about yourself and your teammate?

Diana: "The most important thing I learned about myself is how strong I really am. After everything I've done on the Race, I know I am capable of doing anything! From now on, I will believe in myself a lot more. The most important thing I learned about Justin is how dedicated he really is. He is dedicated to me, his goals, his dreams, and that he will go to the ends of the earth for them."

Justin: "I learned that if we work together, there really is nothing we can't achieve. Diana is the strongest woman I know and I need to learn to talk to her better."
8. What was the most physically and mentally challenging aspect(s) of the Race?

9. 8. What was the most physically and mentally challenging aspect(s) of the Race?

Diana: "The most physically challenging aspect of the Race is staying in tip-top shape for every leg. After five or six legs, your body starts to weaken and ache everywhere! There is no stretching or massaging that could relieve some of the aches and pains that the Race causes your body to feel. After [the seventh leg] in Rotterdam, we got massages and I am not going to lie: it rejuvenated us and pushed us through to those final legs of the Race.

The most mentally challenging aspect of the Race is believing in yourself! It may seem easy, but there are things that I thought I could never do. I am terrified of heights, but I got to ride over Victoria Falls in a micro-light and bungee jump over the Zambezi River, two things that I would have never volunteered to do! I was able to overcome some of my fears and nothing is more empowering than that."

Justin: "For me it was dealing with the effects of your body [when it's] full of adrenaline most of the day, [then] tired, hungry, excited, [and] nervous all at the same time. It's not something you can really prepare for. Mentally, [it] would be trying to build relationships with people who just wanted you gone. Also, pinpointing the mistakes we made and second guessing [or] reliving them."

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