The two-hour finale of “The Amazing Race” airs tonight (Feb. 21) on CBS. Four teams are fighting it out to be first to the final mat and claim the one million prize. They are, in order of their finish on leg 10: Team Indy Car (Alex Rossi and Conor Daly ), Team Big Brother (“BB” alumni Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson ), Team Extreme (professional skiers Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak) and Team Yale (Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak). One of this foursome will be eliminated in leg 11, which took place in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 23 of last year. And one of the remaining three teams triumphed 24 hours later in San Francisco. Spoilers ahead.
Alex and Conor roared into first on leg 10, edging out Jessica and Cody by just seconds to claim bragging rights and a trip to Curacao. Kristi and Jen crossed the finish line in third, leaving Henry and Evan in the dust. As this was a non-elimination leg, the two Ivy Leaguers must complete a Speed Bump. They faced that in the 11th leg, which saw teams travel from Chiang Mai, Thailand to the bustling city-state of Hong Kong.
We know that Henry and Evan quickly completed the Speed Bump, which had them hanging paper lanterns in a particular order. And we can confirm that Alex and Conor were first to the Peak. However, they stumbled at the Roadblock, which required one racer to figure out the combination lock of a briefcase that was handcuffed to the wrist of their teammate. They were the last team to arrive at the mat, and were eliminated by Phil Keoghan.
The final three teams were all on the same night flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco. Their first stop was AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants MLB team, where they had to answer a question about how many homers were hit by baseball legend Willie Mays. From there, they headed further along the waterfront where they had to paddle kayaks into the bay and retrieve baseballs.
An umpire determined when they had done this correctly and directed them to the Golden Gate Cookie Factory in Chinatown. Kristi and Jen, who had struggled in the water challenge, sailed through this one, which involved fortune cookies, and were first to head to the next stop, San Francisco City Hall. That location had been clued as the site of the marriage of screen goddess Marilyn Monroe and baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
The skiers were followed soon thereafter by the debaters and then the Big Brother alumni. All three teams were neck and neck when they reached their final destination: the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda. There they faced their final physical challenge, which ended with a daring jump off the site of the aircraft carrier.
There are conflicting reports about the final result. While Kristi and Jen are thought to have finished the task first, they may not have been allowed to check in at the mat as they had not paid their taxi driver. If that pans out, it looks like Jessica and Cody will be declared the winners and take home the million dollar grand prize. With the pair just getting engaged, they could be set for a spectacular wedding and honeymoon.
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