The Wax Man Speaketh
Reichen took a brief break from spending his half a million to answer our questions. See what the co-winner of TAR4 has to say.
What attracted you to the show?
I love the Amazing Race because it has more to do with real competition than politics. No one is allowed to “vote off” another player, so the strongest really do survive.
Did you watch previous seasons of the show and did you learn anything from watching previous racers?
We watched all 3 seasons in a two day period and learned a lot, such as staying calm when talking to customer service type people—you’ll get where you want to go by being kind!
Did you have any favorite teams, locations, tasks or moments from previous seasons?
I liked Blake and Page because they were so calm, cool, and collected, but on the other hand, I liked Flo because she was emotional and interesting. She didn’t care if the cameras were rolling when she needed to show how she was feeling.
What were your goals for the race?
Our original goal was to get through the first round. After that, it was to win it all.
How did you prepare for it?
We worked out at least 5 days per week, for about 90 minutes a day. We didn’t really research foreign countries because we suspected every place we would go would be a surprise.
What was your reaction to your competition when you first saw them?
I was intimidated by Kelly and Jon and by Millie and Chuck when I first saw them and didn’t know a thing about them. Both teams looked so strong and focused. I remember seeing them running on a treadmill in the hotel before we were released to race…they were in good shape.
What were the worst and best moments of the race (minus winning)?
Worst moment was on the first leg when we got on the LAST flight out of Los Angeles. Best moment was either bungee jumping in Vienna or feeding the orangutans in Malaysia.
Do you think you were portrayed accurately on the show?
Yes. I think Chip was made to look bad with the whole taxi driver not speaking English in Korea. He was only mad because the guys who arranged the taxi for us lied and said he spoke perfect English. We were relying on that.
What was the most difficult thing you had to do on the race?
The most difficult thing for me was getting used to the living conditions of India.
The race seems to be a unique balance of competition and life-experience. Which of those two items were more important to you going into the race? (for example, competition 80%, experience 20%)
Competition 60%, Life Experience 40%
Did the balance change during the race?
Yes, in the States, it was pure competition and we knew that going in.
What was your favorite task? Did you hear about any Fast Forwards that sounded like you might have wanted to do them?
My favorite task was the Orangutans in Malaysia. We couldn’t have stumbled upon a better fast forward!
What is your favorite pit stop memory?
When Chip and I shared a boat with Jon and Kelly in India at the Finishing Point. We laughed so hard that night…at everything.
What was the most unexpected aspect of the race?
Korea!...in the middle of two warm countries!
Which country would you most like to return to as tourists?
Yellow shorts - why?
I’ve had those yellow shorts forever. I love them. They’re the lightest piece of clothing I own. I’m no speed-demon of a runner, but those sure helped me to stay fast all the way to the finish line. Plus, by the end, I had thrown all my other shorts away.
When you heard you received a penalty in Australia, how worried were you about being eliminated?
VERY worried. But what they didn’t show was that Chip and I actually ran back to the aquarium, and then ran to the pit stop again, just to prove that we made the whole leg before the clowns came in…that we were not in last place.
In your pre-race questionnaire, you were asked to list each other's strengths and weaknesses. Having gone through the race, would you change anything about those answers?
What kind of impact has the race had on you?
I’ve learned how lucky I am to be a U.S. citizen. I’ve learned from Chip that I can get through anything…and that complaining never helps.
What have you been up to post race?
I’ve been continuing my study of acting.
Did you enjoy TARcon?
Yes, we were overwhelmed by the support of the people in that room. Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the scene that night.
[Thanks to CBS's PR Department for arranging this interview.]