December 09, 2009 09:00 AM by Britteny Elrick
Dating couple, Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney, are one million dollars richer after crossing the finish line on The Amazing Race 15. They recently spoke to PEOPLE about how they plan on spending their prize money, the highs and lows of the race and what their plans are for the future. Is that wedding bells we hear?
PEOPLE: You were a strong team from the start. What do you attribute your consistent winning streak too?
Cheyne: It comes down to the fact that we have known each other for so long and we work very well together. Our strengths balance out each otherâ€™s weaknesses. We stayed focused on ourselves and didnâ€™t think about what other teams were doing or how. It has been our dream for five years to go on the Race together and we were just happy to be there doing it.
PEOPLE: The Race has broken and saved relationships. How did it affect yours?
Meghan: We didnâ€™t come into it thinking it would make or break us. Instead we looked at it as an opportunity to compete in the ultimate race and see all these countries together. We knew that getting along would help us and fighting would hurt us so we tried not to fight and when we disagreed, we tried to resolve it and move on. Itâ€™s not about the money although itâ€™s a great addition to our lives. It reaffirmed to me that we are a great couple and that Cheyne will always be there for me. It made us better and stronger.
PEOPLE: You went to the wrong hotel in Vegas, which could have cost you it all.
Cheyne: That thought crosses your mind, but we were very calm that leg, more than on any other. You canâ€™t worry about the mistakes or give up. We never thought we were out.
Meghan: We also didnâ€™t know how close to the end that was so we worked off the assumption that weâ€™d be able to catch up.
PEOPLE: What are you plans for your winnings?
Meghan: We have been debating this for a couple of months whenever we were alone at dinner. The whole time Cheyne planned to buy a white Range Rover if we won.
Cheyne: That would be the impulse buy but Iâ€™m trying to keep my impulses in check. Also we won so many awesome prizes that I donâ€™t need to buy impulse stuff. Iâ€™ve wanted jet-skis since high school and my perfect day would be waking up at a ski resort and we won a trip to Aspen. So we will probably do the smart thing and invest in a house. In California, that will probably eat up all the winnings.
PEOPLE: Two words: community property. Maybe you should hurry up and get married.
Cheyne: Engagement comes first. Maybe after we get the money we can start planning. Maybe we can do one of those wedding specials on CBS. Itâ€™ll happen eventually for sure.
Check out the entire interview at People.com.
Photo Credit: CBS