October 26, 2010 03:30 PM by Allyson Wells
On the last episode of The Amazing Race, the teams remained in the Arctic and traveled from Sweden to Norway.Â Without needing to catch a flight to even the playing field, the teams that were near last had a difficult time moving past other teams.Â Volleyball teammates and friends, Katie Seamon and Rachel Johnston, started in last place and never could catch back up.Â They recently spoke out on what went wrong, what viewers didn’t see and what team they are rooting for to win.
Question: What made you want to try out for the show after so long? Were you fans?
Rachel: Yes, we watched for a long time. Katie’s been watching forever! We had always talked about but we never really thought we would get chosen. Then, an open call came and her sister wrote us an email saying that we had to go.
Question: Did you do a lot of preparation before heading into the race?
Katie: We did a ton of preparation. We would go running. Rachel was lifting more weights than she ever lifted before. We wanted to be strong enough to match up with the guys. We would do trivia things and study. My family came up with the idea of a war room for all our study stuff.
Question: So did you guys know you were in last place when you got to the Pit Stop or did you still think you were ahead of Jill and Thomas at that point?
Katie: Like Rachel said before, we ran out there like idiots smiling like we know we’re not last! And then Phil Keoghan told us we were eliminated and we were like crushed. When we drove up we only counted five cars or like six cars or something ahead of us, so there was one less than there needed to be, so we really thought we were in it. And after we saw Jill and Thomas on the bridge we were like, yes we have a shot, we have a shot! You never know what could happen.
Rachel: We kind of saw it in Phil’s eyes and we like no!
Question: Do you have any idea about how far behind Chad and Stephanie were when you two ended up arriving at the marina Pit Stop?
Rachel: We got there about 25-30 minutes behind them. The exact amount of time that we started behind them. So it was kind of like no teams really made any mistakes and neither did we so there was just no opportunities for us to catch up.
Question: Last night’s episode showed Nick and Vicki being completely unaware how the Fast Forward works and apparently thinking every team could complete it, which really surprised most viewers. Even if they’d somehow never seen the show, isn’t that something that’s explained on the clue or in the rules?
Rachel: Not necessarily, like on the Fast Forward it says one team completes it. Maybe if they didn’t know beforehand-like Katie and I have been avid fans for years and years so we know how it works.Â But if they only started watching the show kind of recently, maybe they weren’t sure or maybe the clue was confusing because it happened so I guess that’s the only way I can explain it.
Katie: They were cracking me up when they went and tried to do it. They were like, “What does this mean?” You know it’s just really funny but I guess there are people who watch it all the time and are like, “Oh come on,” but I think it’s a mistake that if you don’t really know then yeah definitely it could be made.
Question: What made you two decide to the “Boat” Detour task instead of the “Bike” option?
Katie: We did the “Boat” because at that point we didn’t want a new Detour that we thought there was a high chance for error because when we read the clue it said you need to get this combination and if you don’t get it right you have to go back and look again.Â So we were like envisioning all these numbers and finding a combination so we were like oh, let’s just do the boat. It seemed straight forward-You know, we can’t mess that up. We’ll do the best we can and you know, we won’t lose any ground.
Question: Did either of you come away with any serious injuries? I think you only tried it once, but it still looked like you had some pretty hard collisions out there.
Rachel: We actually tried it twice and I had giant bruises on my legs and Katie actually got injured from the rappelling. She had like horrible, horrible rug burn on her ankle.
Question: You two were also one of the teams that couldn’t find the decoder key during the “Language Arts” Detour task in Ghana and ended up switching to the other task. What happened there, did you never see the giant banner on the side of the building or did you just not realize it was the decoder key?
Rachel: We were kind of just watching what the other teams were doing because they were there before us so we were like oh, if they’re doing that maybe we should. But we were like, what? What were they talking about, decoder?Â We were just as lost as they were. We were looking in the trees, we had no idea where this decoder was. And then you watch it on TV and you see that it was literally right behind our heads.
Question: Brook and Claire have been open about the fact that they don’t have any qualms flirting their way through the Race. As another female team, what did you two think about that?
Katie: I don’t have any problem with it, like you have to do what you have to do to get through but I don’t know. It’s not really Rachel’s and my style. We kind of try to do everything with our competitiveness and athleticism first. I guess we’re not as cheeky, you know what I mean? Like, “Oh we’ll give you a kiss for information.”Â We were just very like boom, boom, boom, let’s get this done. So, I wasn’t really thinking about kissing guys but I mean if I had to I definitely would have done it.
Rachel: Yeah, but we’re not trying to have a “kiss count” or anything like that. We were just trying to get the job done and be out.
Question: I know you didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them, but was there any team in particular that you considered a big threat or the favorites to win?
Katie: I think that Kevin and Michael are the fan favorite to win. He has a lot of followers on YouTube, and he’s a really funny guy, so I know a lot of people are rooting for them. And um, I guess Katie and I were pretty bitter about losing so we just didn’t really want anyone to win. We wanted something to happen where nobody could win and we could just do it again.
Question: What makes the other one such a great partner to race with?
Rachel: Katie has been such a great partner in beach volleyball. She keeps her head on straight and she never gives up. Knowing those things, on the race, I know that I could not stand anyone else. Katie and I only get to hang out when it’s beach volleyball time so that’s another great thing. I was excited to hang out with her. Luckily, we didn’t get sick of each other! That’s a huge part of why I wanted to run the race with her.
Katie: Rachel is such a great partner because I feel like I could just rely on her, partly because we were partners beforehand. I just knew that, in stressful situations, we had each other’s backs. I would do anything for her. If she needed anything, I was there, and I think she felt the same way. We were a good support system for one another and we had a lot of fun together.
Question: Were you working with any teams?
Rachel: We were kind of sharing information with Connor and Jonathan. If we didn’t win, we would’ve been rooting for them. They didn’t get enough screen time. When it comes down to it, we’re not just going to let them win. I would like to think that no one wanted to help us because, from what we’ve heard, other teams thought we were strong.
Question: What was the best part of running The Amazing Race together?
Katie: I think that the best thing was that we know each other so well now. I’ve always felt super close with Rachel but I know now that if I need anything, I can call her. We just have such a strong relationship. It’s been a great experience. I think our friendship has grown.
Rachel: The best thing I took away was Katie. Other than that, growing our friendship and having something that we’ll have only. No one else will get our jokes or understand what we did. And that we got to go to all those great places. I’ll probably never go back to any of them and I never would’ve gotten that opportunity. I’m just glad that I got to go with Katie. I feel like she’s my sister.
After hearing Katie and Rachel’s thoughts on The Amazing Race, I was very surprised to hear that they were working with Jonathan and Connor and would have been rooting for them to win.Â I felt like Katie and Rachel were portrayed as catty and not very helpful with the other teams.Â For example, they didn’t want to help Nat and Kat with directions in Ghana.Â Of course, it is a competition and I respect that they wanted to be the first female team to win.Â There are still two remaining female teams, the doctors Nat and Kat and shopping hosts Brook and Claire.Â Maybe one of these remaining teams will have the girl power needed to win The Amazing Race!
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