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Ousted Mother And Daughter, Andie And Jenna, Share Their Amazing Race Experience

October 05, 2010 02:18 PM by Allyson Wells

CBS The Amazing Race Mother and Daughter Andie and Jenna

Newly reunited mother and daughter, Andie and Jenna, were the latest pair to be eliminated from the Amazing Race.  Their story was a touching one, as Andie had given Jenna up for adoption and they had just begun to communicate with one another.  They signed up for the show to spend time getting to know one another.  Andie and Jenna shared their experiences about being reunited, as well as the cab driver being the main reason they couldn’t keep up with the other teams.

Question: Did you know you were last when you got to the Pit Stop?

Andie: Yes, Jenna had counted the coffins when we were bringing ours up the stairs. She had the presence of mind to count them and said, “Uh oh.” So we kind of knew.

Question: Did you see any teams ahead of you?

Jenna:  We only saw one team — Nat and Kat — doing the coffin challenge. We saw them when we first got there. So we actually thought we were in a race with them to get the last spot. We pretty much knew, since no one else was around, that we had to have been the last two teams coming in.

Andie: Then our cab driver who took us all the way to the other side of the city — literally. It had taken so long that we knew we weren’t going to make it in time.

Jenna: I heard it was really close between us and Gary and Mallory, like really close.

Question: Was it discouraging knowing that you did well on the tasks but fell victim — multiple times — to something that’s out of your hands: taxi drivers?

Jenna: Yeah, it was disappointing. I don’t know if [our first driver] was lost or if he was trying to get us to stay in the cab longer so we had to pay more, but we ended up getting to the park last. … I made up some time later [at the Roadblock], but then we got another bad cab driver and it was awful! He took us even more out of the way. At least we can be proud of ourselves for doing the best we could and not doing any mistakes that we would look at and say, “Oh, I wish I did this better.”

Question: Do you think not knowing each other very well beforehand helped or hurt you?

Andie: I think in some ways it helped in that we were both trying really hard to be the best that we could be for the other one. With that newness, you want that person to be proud of you. There might’ve been some disadvantage to not knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses. … I’ve read comments from people that said we were nonchalant. We were racing our hearts out. I thought we were very much into in it.

Jenna: We learned a lot about each other. Race-wise, it was fun to see that we handle situations in a similar manner. Our temperaments are very similar — not losing our cool. On a personal level, it was fun to see things that we have in common. I think that’s when people’s real personalities come out — in those intense situations.

Question: How often do you see each other now?

Jenna: We haven’t really seen each other. We e-mail all the time and talk on the phone. We don’t live in the same town, so it’s hard with our busy schedules to get together. But Andie and I both know that we’re always going to be friends and we can always call each other and talk.

Their insights are very interesting and I am disappointed they were eliminated so early!  It was remarkable to see them learn about one another and compare physical similarities.  They did have several tough breaks, but in the end they had a great experience and that is what the Amazing Race is all about.

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