The Amazing Race started off last February 15 with 11 teams vying for the 1 million dollars prize.  They had to race around the world and solve puzzles or do tasks which are either physically or mentally stressful.  Players had to deal with flight problems, phobias and sudden change of weather that can make even the strongest team hate each other.

Episode 1:  (Los Alamitos, CA, USA to Stechelberg, Switzerland)

In this season of the Amazing Race, all 11 teams were transported by US Marine helicopters at their base in Los Alamitos, California.  From there the team were instructed to travel to Locarno, Switzerland on either Lufthansa or Air France then by train into Locarno.    The teams have to find the Church of San Antonio wherein they have to register in one of the three groups departing at 715am, 730am and 745am.

At their destination, Verzasca Dam, teams encountered a roadblock where one member of the team has to do a bungee jump on the same place where James Bond jumped in the “Goldeneye”.    After the jump, teams have to travel by train to Interlaken and find Kleine Rugen Weisse.

At Kleine Rugen Weisse, teams have to choose a pair of antique cheese rack and climb up a steep hill.  Once on top, they have to transport down 200 pounds of cheese to an aging shed.   Each cheese weigh 50 pounds and the hill ain’t helping as it’s slippery.  It was a mental and physical challenge for all players and those who give up will surely lose.  After transporting the cheese to the shed, the next clue pointed them to the first Pit Stop in the race, Stechelberg. (more…)

To all ye Amazing Race fans, mark your calendar as Amazing Race Season 14 will begin on February 15, 8pm EST or for folks in the other side of the world February 16.  This year’s cast composed of the usual, mundane groups such as siblings, dating couples, married couples, all female beauties (cheerleader & flight attendants) and parent/child.  The reason why I say it’s usual and mundane coz after following the show since season 1, they seem to have a standard type of people that they usually choose.

Let’s meet the cast this season starting off with:

  • THE AMAZING RACE 14Tammy & Victor – siblings of Asian descent, litigation lawyers and graduate of Harvard Law.  They are smart but with two lawyers in the group would they fight their way to the finish line or be able to create a plan to outsmart the rest of the teams?  (Maybe they could speak several languages like the girl in season 10!  That would be a plus!)
  • THE AMAZING RACE 14Mark & Michael – brothers and stuntmen.  They seem to be physically fit but this race is not just physical but also emotional and mental.  Their bio said they’re mentally capable due to their jobs and can make split second decision.  They certainly are risk takers so we’ll see if they make the correct decisions to finish this race.