October 27, 2009 03:00 PM by Britteny Elrick
Recently eliminated couple, Mika Combs and Canaan Smith, opened up about their dramatic departure from The Amazing Race.Â Due to Mika’s fear of heights, the couple could not complete the last challenge on that leg of the race and ended up being sent home.Â So how has that affected their relationship? Keep reading to hear what they had to say…
In Touch Weekly: What was your first impression of Dubai?
Mika: I loved it when we first arrived. I remember sitting in the taxicab and just staring up at all the buildings.
Canaan: It’s definitely the Las Vegas of the Middle East. Everything is just completely fabricated. But it was really cool, because everything was brand-new. The streets are in immaculate condition, and all the buildings look like they were just built, because they pretty much were. It’s like one of the cleanest places I’ve seen.
In Touch Weekly: So what was it like to be faced by some of your biggest fears?
Mika: Oh my gosh, it was just the hardest thing ever. I am terrified of heights and water. I tried to learn how to swim before we went on the race. I probably could have managed to swim across a pool, but a six-story slide? I’m not a big fan of it. I had so much pressure. I knew that this race was all on my shoulders. Looking at Canaan and hearing him begging me, I knew I had to go or I was going to lose the race for both of us. It was terrible.
In Touch Weekly: Canaan, it looked like you were going to push her down the slide, so were you disappointed in Mika’s performance?
Canaan: Absolutely. She had a pretty good death grip and, unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to push her. But I did try, though. Sure, some people are saying that it was abuse and that I was a jerk for trying to do that, but I don’t regret it at all. I did what any other competitive person would do in that situation.
In Touch Weekly: Are you both still together?
Canaan: Yes we are.
In Touch Weekly: How did the race affect your relationship?
Mika: It was a little rocky at first, especially after I didn’t go down the slide. We were around each other a lot, and being a new couple, it was trying. But it made us stronger. I think we went through in a month what a lot of people take years to experience. We learned a lot about each other.
Canaan: And it’s all good. We have a lot of respect for each other. Tons. We’re able to be ourselves around each other, and that means a lot.
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