'Amazing Race' Exit Interview: Rachel and Katie
The Jersey girls go home after an uneventful leg gives them little room to maneuver
By Diane Vadino Oct 25, 2010 2:24PM
Beach volleyball players Katie Seamon and Rachel Johnston exited "The Amazing Race" this week after the pair, who started the episode in last place, failed to pole-vault ahead of the competition. (To be fair, they didn't have much to work with -- this leg, in Norway, was pretty ho-hum, except for the agonizing spectacle of vegetarian Kat Chang eating half a sheep’s head.) We spoke to the team about a bad luck start to their final leg, their favorite moments on the race and life as Jersey girls.
MSN TV: What did you say to each other to prepare for this leg?
Katie: Before we started, we talked a lot about how we were going to have to bust our ass. When we heard we were going to drive to Norway, we were like, "Oh, s--t." All we could do was hope someone makes a mistake. But the only team that made mistakes were up in the front -- we really needed Chad and Stephanie to misstep.
Why was driving to Norway such bad news?
Rachel: We were upset we had to drive to Norway because we knew that everyone would be driving basically the same roads. It wasn't like there was going to be a couple flights, and we'd all be in the same place. We were praying that, like, the gondola would be broken.
Katie: We had come to terms that we had fallen so far behind at that point. We knew there was a good possibility we''d be eliminated. I think we were just really hopeful that something would go wrong with the other teams.
Did you go back to, like, beach volleyball metaphors to get each psyched up?
Rachel: Totally. It was "Every little point matters. If you're down 10 points, you're probably going to lose, but you never know. You can catch up." We were kind of in that mode. We've been there a billion times before.
Can you pinpoint where, on the previous legs, things went wrong for you?
Rachel: It was when we were all getting on the fight to Sweden [from Ghana.] We were automaticaly in the bottom five teams, and we were never able to make it up.
Every other leg until then, we were doing great.
Did you have a favorite moment on the race?
Katie: My favorite moment was when we opened our first clue. It was the most exciting thing. I remembered seeing people on the first episode each season, and I'd get happy tears watching them. Finally, all the build up was done and it was go time. From there on out, we were in the zone.
Rachel: Katie's was my least favorite moment. It was so surreal. I thought I was going to crash the car. My favorite moment was in Ghana, when got second.
You guys were a totally different kind of Jersey girl than we've gotten used to seeing on TV. Not so much Snooki or J-Woww or Theresa and Danielle.
Rachel: I guess we took a lot of heat for being so competitive and calling other teams names, but Jersey girls are just stronger. They're opinionated. Maybe they're not going to hug each other all the time. It was nice to show that side of Jersey. Not all Jersey girls eat pickles and have puffy hair. They can carry themselves with strength and class.
Katie: It's true. But I did have fried pickles on the boardwalk this summer.