This week on the season finale of The Amazing Race, husband and wife team of Rachel Brown and Dave Brown walked away the winners after a thrilling finish.
Although Rachel and Dave set a record on The Amazing Race with eight first place finishes, the husband and wife team nearly lost it all when the two hit the mat in Honolulu but had to complete a required roadblock. Despite the setback, however, Rachel and Dave were crowned the winners of The Amazing Race after retracing their steps to beat boarder patrol agents Art and J.J. and the Big Brother team of Brendan and Rachel.
It was a thrilling finish to the latest season of The Amazing Race.
Following their Amazing Race victory, The Deadbolt spoke with Rachel and Dave to learn more about the final leg, how they felt about some of the drama, and how Rachel got through a rubber chicken challenge in Japan.
THE DEADBOLT: So, have you scheduled all of those trips yet?
DAVE: If only we had the time.
RACHEL: We have to build up vacation time first.
THE DEADBOLT: Did you think it was over when Phil told you about the final roadblock?
RACHEL: Oh, yes! We thought it was doomsday. We thought we were done.
DAVE: It was definitely heartbreaking. We didn’t really know how to react to it. Rachel initially assumed that he was joking and there was no way in hell we were going to choke on the final mat. But my first thought was, did I do something wrong in the ice roadblock? Being a fan of the show, I’d never seen two roadblocks in a single leg before.
THE DEADBOLT: Despite the challenges on a relationship, how tough was it to actually accomplish eight wins?
RACHEL: Well, I think a lot of it came with luck, which person does the roadblock, which taxi driver you get. So a lot of it comes down to luck.
DAVE: But also skill and ability and creating your own luck. For example, the cab driver that we had in Hawaii, we definitely strategically selected the big Samoan gentleman who was obviously familiar with the area.
THE DEADBOLT: Had you kept your alliance with Art and J.J., do you think you still would have won, or would they have slowed you down?
DAVE: I think in some respect it was a perfect breaking point for our supposed alliance. Art and J.J. were a little bit preoccupied with the drama of the other teams and they lost focus on their abilities. I think Rachel and I were able to take full advantage of that and become as successful as we have.
THE DEADBOLT: In the final task, you shook J.J.’s hand. Was that genuine?
DAVE: Yeah, definitely. I have no animosity toward anyone. The only drama that Rachel and I had, every argument and bickering session was aired, so that was a bit difficult. But I didn’t have any qualms with any of the other teams at all. I was a little perturbed that J.J. was hyper-critical of a very tactical decision. With him being a federal law enforcement agent, you would assume he would make a logical decision versus playing so emotionally.
THE DEADBOLT: Rachel, was that rubber chicken challenge hard or easy for you to get through?
RACHEL: It was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing. It was really hard because after you grabbed the chicken – and it was hard to grab the chicken because I jumped up a bunch of times – they would speed up the treadmill. So you had to run for your life to jump onto that mat. It was fast! I felt so bad for Vanessa.
THE DEADBOLT: Was there anything you wish we saw that wasn’t aired on TV?
DAVE: I have a 13-year old and we spoke about him very highly. He’s truly one of the best people I have ever met. I wish there was a bit more dedicated to him so people could hear about him.