'The Amazing Race' Speed-cap: And The Winners Are...
After traveling for 25 days over five continents, through 10 countries and more than 30,000 miles, the hockey brothers Bates and Anthony were the first team to reach the finish line on "The Amazing Race" and were therefore crowned the million-dollar winners.
As they reunited with the original ten teams at George Washington's home Mount Vernon, Anthony seemed thrilled he'd be able to buy new fake teeth and credited team work and his perfect partner for the win. Bates philosophized, "It's not so much the destination [as it's] the journey. To experience the world, that's priceless. I don't remember the last time I felt like this. It hasn't come from hockey in a long time."
Their win wasn't shocking by any stretch of the imagination, but they did have to come from behind and stay ahead of two other strong teams: the roller moms and the newlyweds, who had placed first three legs in a row. Here's a look at how the brothers Battaglia wound up champions.
Sink or swim?
At the start of Round 11, the teams caught a train and then a ferry from Scotland to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Once they arrived in the land of leprechauns, they had to find a Ford in a warehouse and drive it to Peatlands Park where they found a Roadblock waiting for them.
One teammate had to participate in a bog-snorkeling competition (a bizarre sport conceived over a pint of beer, of course), which was comprised of suiting up in flippers, mask, and snorkel, cannonballing into a muddy pit, and swimming a 100-yard lap through the bog in under four minutes.
Hockey finished first with a time of 2:18, mentioning that the hardest parts were squeezing into the wetsuit and dealing with mud in his nose. Katie was quick on his heels with a 3:10 time, even though she prefers tanning to swimming. Claustrophobic Mona freaked out the whole way through, but still managed to complete it on one attempt.
But singer Jen was a straight mess. She panicked, took unnecessary steps, couldn't breathe, aborted one lap by pulling herself up the bank, and threatened to quit. Partner Caroline had to pep-talk her back in the water and, with the help of a prayer, Jen finished on attempt three.
But the misstep, plus getting directions to some Celtic crop circle instead of the Thing With A Ring on a bridge where the next clue was hidden, proved too hard to bounce back from.