November 04, 2009 11:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
They were the only female team this year on The Amazing Race. Unfortunately, last week they encountered a detour in Amsterdam that neither of them were able to complete and had to forfeit the game.Â Keep reading to hear what poker players Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle had to say about their experience…
The pair talked with People about their time on the show.
People: It must hurt to be yet another all-female team knocked out due to a lack of strength.
Maria: We didnâ€™t come into this thinking we would be the physically strongest team, but we also didnâ€™t think we would be faced with something that we just couldnâ€™t do because we lacked brute strength. We were forced to throw our hands up in defeat. It was a very hard situation â€¦ We would have been able to get the dance and we would have eaten the herring, but that carnival bell dinger added an element that was physically unfair â€¦ It was heartbreaking.
People: You both make a successful living in a stressful high-stakes, male-dominated field. It must have taken a lot to make you feel quitting was the only option.
Tiffany: TV doesnâ€™t do justice to real-life situations. It was so much worse than it looked. That mallet was over 40 pounds. Just lifting it over your head was a task. We were exhausted from going back and forth. We were uncomfortable in wet long johns. Iâ€™m a push-through, do-anything girl, but I hit a wall and needed to hug it out.
People: You went into the Race fairly confident. Was it harder than you imagined itâ€™d be?
Maria: Itâ€™s a hundred times harder physically and mentally than you expected and we realized that within the first hour of landing in Japan. For any competition, you have to put on an air of confidence and capability. After that first wasabi bomb, I was like, â€œWhat did we get ourselves into?â€
Tiffany: Luck plays a huge part. Take the Dubai snowman thing. Erica showed up last and wasnâ€™t really digging that hard but she found one first. We canâ€™t knock it because we got lucky several times. Luck is also what makes it fun to watch. Without it, youâ€™d know the winner on day one.
People: You were knocked by viewers for lying about your occupations. Whyâ€™d you use that strategy? And do you regret it?
Tiffany: After seeing [Survivor contestants] Rob and Amber deal with so much animosity for being TV personalities who had won a million dollars already, we thought the best strategy would be to highlight something else in our lives as our careers. Iâ€™m very involved with the Los Angeles Youth Network, which helps homeless youth, so it wasnâ€™t a lie. You need allies and we thought itâ€™d endear people to us.
People: How have you coped with being one of the seasonâ€™s most hated duos?
Tiffany: We were a little more prepared for that than Lance because we have a public image. We have dealt with trash talkers before. We already learned not to pay attention or let those negative words in our brains. Anyone who knows us knows weâ€™re good people.
People: How did the Race change you?
Maria: Rarely in life do you get the opportunity to push yourself to the limit and see what youâ€™re capable of when you put your mind to it. It strengthened [our] relationship. We wanted to spend more time together after. We didnâ€™t want a break. We made bonds that will last a lifetime. The million-dollar prize pales in comparison to what we take away from participating.
Photo Credit: CBS