The Amazing Race Watch: Not a Well-Rounded Athlete

By Patrick Hodges 2012-12-02 23:30:58 discussion comments
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The Pit Stop for Leg Ten was the Castell de Bellver in Palma, a very picturesque 14th-century castle that has served as both a royal residence and a prison in its long history. It translates literally as ďthe castle with the lovely viewĒ, and thereís no disputing that. Wow.

Below is the order the contestants finished in, along with some of their more interesting moments.

#1. Trey and Lexi - It really is amazing the camaraderie the three lead teams share, and Iím fairly sure itís never happened this late in a race before. Itís cool that it makes for a much more congenial race, and between Teams Texas and Magic Mike, Iím sure we will find our winner. They arrived at the Roadblock together, but Trey took command because heís actually played tennis before, and from then it was smooth sailing to the Pit Stop. They won their third leg in the last five, and with it a trip for two to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.

#2. Jaymes and James - Jamesí skills have proved to be varied and disparate, but watching him flail at dozens of tennis balls was both sad and funny at the same time. Then they took a wrong turn and ended up at the slower of the two Detour options, but they had loads of time before the two back teams showed up. They remain my favorite to win the race, and it amazes me just how chipper theyíve been since it all started. That, folks, is how you run the race.

#3. Josh and Brent - I donít know what the record is for coming in second-to-last in consecutive legs, but Iím betting Team Capricorn just set it, having done just that five times in a row, and having seen no other racers in the last three legs other than Abbie and Ryan. When the caught up to the pack, it was game on, but really, they just donít have it in them to keep up on their own steam. Joshís ankle injury had healed enough for him to take on the tennis challenge, but before long he was grunting like Monica Seles. When the twins arrived while Josh was taking a break, I thought that would be that. But as Iíve said, they have an angel looking after them, and they stayed out of last place yet again.

The following team came in last but, tragically, was not eliminated:

#4. Natalie and Nadiya - A couple of seasons ago, I laid out my Ten Commandments of running The Amazing Race, and one of those commandments was ďlearn to drive stickĒ. Nadiya apparently took one lesson in this skill and figured she was ready. Wrongo. This inability put them well behind Magic Mike and Texas, and back down with Team Capricorn. Nadiya proved to be equally proficient at tennis at driving stick, but they left the Roadblock only minutes behind.

The fact of the matter is, this team has only been able to stay in the lead because they made alliances with two very strong teams, but once they got separated, they showed that they really lack the skills to compete on their own. Itís possible that in the next leg, Teams Texas and Magic Mike may help them out again so they can slip into the Finals in front of Team Capricorn, but Iím hoping that they will make enough of their own mistakes to leave them fuming in fourth place. Weíll see.

Next week: the two-hour season finale. First off, the teams head to France, where one team will be sacre bleuíd out of the competition, and then back to the U.S., where the million-dollar-winning team will be determined. See you in seven!
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