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Amazing Race 3: Interview with Teri & Ianby Susan Schechter -- 01/29/2003
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Of all the teams on The Amazing Race 3, none had the fans going with a love-hate relationship more than Teri and Ian, the older married couple. They bickered, yet managed to pull together and hang in there even when things were at the most dire. And despite their bickering, there was a lot of love between these two. They have a strong marriage, and it shows. Yet they are also amazing, strong people who were a lot more than just the oldest racers to go as far as they did. Without further ado, it is RealityNewsOnline’s pleasure to introduce Teri and Ian, who came in second place in The Amazing Race 3:
RealityNewsOnline: What made you want to go on The Amazing Race?
Ian: Adventure, competition, and of course the money. Teri: For the fun of it!
RNO: How did you prepare for it?
Ian: Nothing special, just my everyday routine. Basic exercise mostly aerobic. Teri: Shopping for right clothes.
RNO: Where the other teams what you expected? Did you expect them to be such strong competition or were there some teams that disappointed you?
Ian: For the most part they were what I expected, I did think there would some other older teams. I did expect anyone that showed up to race to be strong competition. Teri: Yes the other teams were what I expected. They were all strong competition as would be expected since they were selected. Yes, I was disappointed in a team.
RNO: Were there any countries you wanted to visit that you didn’t get to see?
Ian: Many but then you can’t go everywhere. Teri: Yes but as Ian stated you can’t go everywhere!!!
RNO: On the same hand, were there countries you saw that you were not too thrilled with and would not want to see again?
Teri: Yes, I have seen enough of Mexico. Ian: No.
RNO: What were the best and worst things about the pit-stops?
Ian: Best: food, rest, bathing, sleep. Worst: planning as best you could and worrying about the next leg. Teri: The best part was being able to eat and sleep in a nice place, the worst worrying about where we would have to go next.
RNO: Is one of the reasons you two worked so well as a team together and other teams didn’t based on the fact that you two have such a strong marriage? Did the fact that you were described as the “married parents” work in your favor?
Ian: Even with our (my) bad moments we did work well as a team, we do have a strong marriage, and I think some of the other teams really misread our relationship. Which certainly worked for us and against them. I don’t think the billing assigned anyone worked for or against them. As a matter of fact we billed ourselves as the “Big Kahunas.” Teri: Yes of course we worked well as team because of our marriage. When you have been with your mate for a long time you don’t have to worry about every little thing you say or do. No one is perfect all the time.
RNO: What was the best thing that happened to you besides your coming in as you did in the race?
Ian: A most invigorating experience, I don’t think we’ll ever have one like it again… Too Bad. Teri: Being chosen at all was GREAT. The whole experience was the best.
RNO: What was the worst thing that happened during the race?
Ian: The shrimp basket bikes really s__ked! Teri: Not catching the FIRST cab in Seattle.
RNO: Was there ever a time where you honestly thought it (the race) was over for the two of you?
Ian: It definitely crossed my mind a couple of times, but you never give up, throwing in the towel is unacceptable. Teri: Of course… You never really know what position you are in until Phil tells you at the end of each leg. There were many times especially in the beginning when we were always near the end.
RNO:How did your family and friends react to the news that you did so well on the race? Do you find that you are getting the VIP treatment from your friends?
Ian: Teri and I have had a wonderful experience with our family, friends, and the general public. We are recognized frequently and although it is a bit embarrassing it is enjoyable. Teri: Even our closest friends and family were surprised that we went as far as we did and because we did go so far we did get the VIP treatment from many people.
RNO:Would you do it again? Would you do an All-Star Amazing Race if there is one?
Ian: IN A MINUTE…..HOO-RAH!!!!!!! Teri: I would have to think long and hard about that one… Can I bring someone to carry my bag?
RNO:Last Question: Teri and Ian, you were my favorite couple. I have been providing recaps for the last three seasons for The Amazing Race and people constantly ask me what they can do to get on the show. Do you have any tips or suggestions to pass on to would be future racers to help them with their application video, or tips to pass on to any future racers?
Ian: Very simple: be outrageous, be likable, be hateable, be INTERESTING!!!! Teri: Be yourselves. I don’t think you can get away with a fake persona. Put on your thinking caps and be interesting, Lovable, Hateable, OUTRAGEOUS!!!!
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