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Send in the Clowns: An Interview with The Amazing Race 4’s Jon & AlPage 2
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RNO: How do you feel about the remaining three teams? Do you think that any of them got there on luck only, or did they all carry themselves well?
Jon: Well, two of the three remaining teams escaped elimination by non-elimination rounds, so I would say they were definitely lucky!
Al: The remaining three teams are definitely very competitive and ran a good race. I definitely think luck had something to do with it, looking at the three teams; if it weren’t for the non-elimination rounds, two of them wouldn’t be there.
RNO: Was the language barrier as big a problem in South Korea as it looked? It was almost as if nobody there spoke English. Was that something that was edited in there, or were there next to no English-speaking cab drivers?
Jon: The language barrier was a huge problem; to me it was the biggest problem of the Race. Al and I are pretty good with maps, but in Korea all the letters looked the same and it seemed impossible to figure out the signs and follow a map.
Al: Communication was definitely a challenge in Korea; it was difficult to read the maps and explain what we needed to do.
RNO: Out of curiosity, exactly how many clowns can fit in that little car at the circus?
Jon: 15 to 18, depending on the car.
Al: LOL… funny! Well, in 1988 and 1989, we did a salute to classic clowning and fit 25 clowns (no kidding) in a Volkswagen Bug.
RNO: If there were one eliminated team that deserved a second chance in the Race, who would you say it would be? Why?
Jon: Us! Because we totally could have won.
Al: Gosh, that’s a difficult question. Hmm… I don’t know… oh, I know! Jon and I, because we should get extra minutes for the times we spent helping other teams! LOL… don’t know what else to say!
RNO: If someone applying for the Race came to you and asked what the single most important thing to do before the Race would be, what would you say? Do you think knowledge of other cultures is just as vital as exercise?
Jon: Being prepared for other cultures is very helpful, map reading is key also, but the single most important thing to me would be learning how to stay calm and focused in stressful situations.
Al: I really don’t think you could figure out the Race beforehand; I think just have an open line of communication with your teammate and think positive and appreciate you are going to have the experience of a lifetime.
RNO: What do your families think about the two of you being on TV? I’m sure they are proud of the way you handled yourselves. Ever get spotted on the street?
Jon: Yes, my family enjoyed their Thursday nights! Yes, I have been spotted, its great; a lot of fun. Love the fans! I would love to do more television work.
Al: Yes. I am so proud of my family for supporting us, and they loved the way we ran the Race… they thought Jon and I were classy and had fun and were totally respectful of other cultures, other countries, and each other, and that’s what it was all about. Yes, it’s overwhelming how many people recognize us; its fun! I love it when people come up and say hi… don’t be shy!
RNO: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Jon: Because the fog was so thick, it was afraid to fly.
Al: LOL… to get a plane leaving Korea ASAP!
RNO: Is there anything you would like to add or say to all of your fans? Believe me, you have many; they email me often!
Jon: Thank you all for being so supportive; look for our website, JonandAlracers.com. Remember, it’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game!
Al: I would just love to tell all the fans how grateful Jon and I are for their support… It made it so much easier for us and believe me, it was difficult being eliminated, but we are so happy they approved of the way we ran the Race and we hope we represented Americans in a proud manner. Thank you all sooooo much!!! Jon and I would love to do more travel stuff together and keep in touch with our fans as well… they can keep tabs on us at our website. We look forward to keeping in touch… also… enjoy life and smile!!! Thank you!
RNO: Thanks for answering my questions! You two kept me laughing during the Race and your positive attitude and race ethics are definitely an example to follow. Good luck with whatever the future holds!
Phil Kural is a senior at Temple University, and can be reached at email@example.com.
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