April 08, 2010 11:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
Father-daughter duo,Â Steve & Allie, seemed like dark horses to winÂ CBS‘Â The Amazing Race so their elimination this week was a big shock to viewers. After finishing in the top three for the past five weeks,Â Steve & Allie hit a number of obstacles they couldn’t overcome in this week’s Malaysian leg of the race and ended up finishing in last place. The father-daughter team talks about what went wrong and what they gained from the experience…
Father-daughter teamÂ Steve & Allie certainly seemed to have a shot at the $1 million grand prize on this season ofÂ CBS‘Â The Amazing Race. They communicated well, worked great together, and were tough competitors. Last week, in the Seychelles, they ditched their backpacks (after realizing they had been left behind at a Detour) and ended up finishing in first. “They didnâ€™t tell us during theÂ Race but they returned [our backpacks] after elimination. We already accepted that the bags were gone. We wanted to win and we werenâ€™t going to risk elimination to turn around for clothes,” Allie says.
After finishing in first, the team received an amazing prize: dinner, massages, and an overnight stay at a lavish resort estimated at $14,000 per night! About the experience, Allie says, “We got to stay in a huge villa right on the beach and explore the island and eat a great meal. It was paradise. We looked at each other like, ‘Is this really happening to us?’” Steve adds, “That is not our normal vacation accommodations. I already had to promise my wife Iâ€™ll take her. We wished we could have invited all the teams over for a party.”
Unfortunately after such a strong finish in the Seychelles, Malaysia proved to be the leg of the race that resulted in their elimination. They moved from the front of the pack to the back after getting lost in a taxi and switching Detours.Â ”The biggest thing was our taxi didnâ€™t know where he was going. We asked a ton of people and we just could not find that first temple so we switched tasks. It was a combination of bad luck and the fact that the flag task was impossible,” Allie says.
The duo came in last place, seemingly right on the heels of brothers,Â Dan & Jordan. Neither team is exactly sure how far apart they finished but it was really a matter of minutes. “Â I talked to Dan yesterday and he thought we were 15 minutes behind. I think it was a little longer,” Allie says. Steve adds, “That hurts a little because 15 minutes isnâ€™t a long time especially after we heard they had to get gas. It came down to finding the right coconut. The odds were against us as the last ones there. Allie threw over a hundred.”
Despite the fact that they didn’t take home the grand prize,Â Steve & Allie are grateful for their time onÂ CBS‘Â The Amazing Race. “It was never about the million-dollar prize. Not that we couldnâ€™t use it, but it was about taking the journey together. It was a bigger bummer that we had to stop playing the game,” Steve says. Allie agrees, adding that what they gained from the competition was greater than money. “We were already best friends, but now we have all these inside jokes and this experience that no one will understand. We were never 20 feet apart and still had a blast together. Our relationship grew and I will cherish this for the rest of my life,” Allie says.
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