The teams of the Amazing Race and their avid followers were in for a real gem of a finale as Vegas was the final destination! Amazingly, Cheyne Whitney and team mate Meghan Rickey had successfully beat the other teams in the race around the globe, calling at eight countries in just 21 days. The race is quite the challenge as they have very little funds and have to beat the other teams to the location check points or be disqualified from the game.
As the prize is set at a whopping 1 million dollars for the winning pair, this is a serious compeititon and not just a bit of fun.
The series finale had the winners crossing the finish line at Wayne Newtons home in Las Vegas. They seemed to be amazed when they were informed that because they were first over the line, they could claim the jackpot. “For real?” Cheyne asked the producer. The team had had been favoured to win because they were in such great physical shape and unlike some others had managed to keep their bickering down to an absolute minimum. This is quite an achievement as understandably taking part in the race is a very stressful experience.
As with a lot of winners of reality shows, they both claimed that although the cash was important, the experience was why they entered. “The experience is life-changing and the money is not even as important as what we got to do together,” Cheyne explained in his post-win interview segment. “She was one of the strongest competitors, even compared to the guys. I’m very happy she’s on my side~I’m grateful she is on my side~I’m grateful that she is on my side}~I’m very happy she’s on my side~I’m grateful she is on my side~I’m grateful that she is on my side#}.” She added, “This has been a learning experience. Every step of the way has been so neat. I grew to know quite a lot about Cheyne. He’s a good person and friend who will be there for me throughout my life.”
In the finale there was a real nail biter as the teams seemed to be finishing neck and neck. The team that consisted of Erika Dunlap and Brian Kleinschmidt, and Dan and Sam McMillen who are brothers, were the competition. Once arrived in Vegas the teams joined in with the cast of Cirque Du Soliel’s Love, sorted their way through at least a million dollars worth or chips and even managed to fit in a singalong with Elvis. As you can imagine, this made for great viewing!