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“We Definitely Worked Together as a Team” – An Interview with The Amazing Race 8’s Rogers Familyby Jenn Brasler -- 10/06/2005
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Reality News Online: Hi, Denny, Renee, Brock, and Brittney! I’m sorry that you got eliminated so soon. You looked like you were strong contenders. How did you decide to apply for The Amazing Race?
The Rogerses: It was Brittney’s idea and everyone went along with it. The hardest to convince was Dad.
RNO: What strengths did you believe you brought with you to the race?
The Rogerses: We thought we brought a competitive spirit to the race. We thought we had a big advantage with the children on the other teams. Denny has a great “odd” sense of direction and we thought that would be to our advantage.
RNO: What did you think your weaknesses might be?
The Rogerses: We thought not speaking a foreign language would hurt us. Brittney was studying up on her Spanish. Brock is more laid back than the others and so we thought that not being as talkative might hurt.
RNO: Brock, we know that you weren’t thrilled about your dad being in charge. How do you think you did with him as the leader?
Brock: I just wished that they would have listened to my ideas more. There were some things that they didn’t show that portrayed my good ideas.
RNO: Did anyone else possess any strong leadership skills, or did everyone let Denny take that role?
The Rogerses: Everybody took leadership roles as different parts of the race. We relied on Renee and Brittney for the clues and catching anything in the clues that would help interpret things. We relied on each other a lot. For example, crossing the Delaware was extremely difficult and we definitely worked together as a team.
RNO: How long did it take you to realize that you were at the wrong reflecting pool? Was the mistake a result of not reading the clue correctly, or something else?
Brittney: We read the clue and I had the map and on that particular map, there only said there was one reflecting pool. Thanks to the Gaghan family, who said they had been there two hours, we realized that there is probably another one [reflecting pool], so we began searching for it.
RNO: We saw you all give the Gaghans a little help with finding the right reflecting pool. Do you still regret doing that? Do you think that things might have turned out differently if you hadn’t said anything to them?
The Rogerses: Yes, we regret it, and yes, we wouldn’t have told them. Their car was also right there and ours was a lot further away.
RNO: Did you see yourselves having a long-term alliance with the Schroeders?
The Rogerses: We had discussed that we were going to get the two teams from Louisiana to the final three, and then once there, we would all be on our own.
RNO: Do you wish that you had chosen the other detour task?
The Rogerses: Either way we were going to be eliminated because we were so far behind. We knew that we were last because we counted the cars. We were just hoping that it was a non-elimination round and we would try to make up for it on the next leg.
RNO: If you could have done anything different on the race, what would it be?
The Rogerses: We would have convinced OnStar to give us directions. We tried to use it in our vehicle but it didn’t work. It claimed that “your subscription does not allow us to give you clues!”
RNO: Thank you for the interview! The best of luck to all of you in the future.
Jenn Brasler is the Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She could really use OnStar in her car, too.
Jenn Brasler is Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com.
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