This week on The Amazing Race, husband and wife team of Chuck and Wynona McCall were eliminated in Switzerland after receiving a 30-minute penalty.
Although Chuck and Wynona were saved from elimination in Vietnam a couple of weeks earlier in the The Amazing Race, the Alabama pair incurred a 30-minute penalty on the return of the cheese challenge to fall behind YouTube hosts Joey and Meghan. It was a stressful week for Chuck and Wynona who nearly made it another week but were eliminated due to their timely mistake on the Swiss hill.
The day after their elimination, The Deadbolt caught up with Chuck and Wynona for an exclusive exit chat about what went wrong in Switzerland, the emotional toll of the race, and what it was like for Wynona to dangle from the side of a mountain.
THE DEADBOLT: So, how did it feel to go out like that?
WYNONA MCCALL: Awful! It was awful!
CHUCK MCCALL: It wasn’t the way we wanted to get eliminated, with a penalty.
THE DEADBOLT: When you started the cheese challenge, it looked like you were doing it the right way. Were you just too tired?
WYNONA: Well, we were doing it the right way. We started rolling it because it started rolling. We had passed the other teams when they were leaving and they said it was easier to roll. So, we assumed they were rolling the cheese, too.
We did start off right, putting it on the sled, but it kept falling off and rolling. So, we thought, what better way to get it down the hill than to roll it? We didn’t know it was against the rules and required a penalty.
CHUCK: Our challenge just read to get the cheese from the top of the hill, stacked in the barn, to the bottom. It didn’t tell us a specific way to get it down. It said the traditional way. We didn’t feel we were doing anything wrong at that point until we hit the finish line.
THE DEADBOLT: By that point in the race, was the stress getting to you? How do you see it now?
CHUCK: We were probably twenty days in at this point and the stress was very challenging. I’m really competitive and was after that million dollars. I may have been a little hard on Wynona but we’re still together and happily married.
THE DEADBOLT: Looking back, are you surprised by how frustrated you were with each other?
WYNONA: I’m not surprised because it was a stressful situation and he’s very competitive. I knew that he would react that way. Sometimes it was a little out of control but we sometimes bicker like that at home. We get over it because every day is a new day and that’s how we treated it on the race, too. Every day was a new day.
THE DEADBOLT: Wynona, what was it like to be out there on the side of the mountain?
WYNONA: That was crazy and scary! I’ve never done anything like that before. I’ve done little rock climbs in places like people’s hometowns, but I’ve never done anything like that. When we read the clue we thought we were going to do zip-lining from one place to another and it would be fairly easy.
Getting out there, once you got past the little board you had to walk on, you were actually on the side of the mountain. If you didn’t go up high enough and get your ropes undone, you had to go back up. That was my mistake.
THE DEADBOLT: Chuck, how did you feel in Vietnam when Phil said it was a non-elimination leg? Were you prepared to go home?
CHUCK: No. By no chance did I want to give up getting eliminated another night. We got saved there by Dave and Connor. But Vietnam was very hot over tyhere at that time of year. We live in south Alabama here, and we call it hot, but that made us look air-conditioned. But no, I was not ready to quit at that point. We were counting our blessings that we got saved.
THE DEADBOLT: How was the race different than what you expected before you started?
CHUCK: We would sit home here like everyone else and be armchair quarterbacks. It looks easy when you’re sitting in your La-Z-Boy. We used to sit at home and say, “We can do that! Let’s go see the world.” Man, it’s a lot more physical when you actually get on it.
WYNONA: It’s more physical because you’re traveling from place to place to place, flying after flying. There’s more to it than just the challenges you see on TV. There’s all of the in-between that wears you down emotionally and physically.
It puts you in the mindset when you arrive at the challenge. It makes a big difference when you get to the challenge and you’re actually doing it. The physical task of each challenge would be great if that’s all you did and you got up in the morning, had a shower, had your breakfast, and that’s all you did.
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