Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nick & Starr Spangler Win "Amazing Race 13"

On the season finale of "The Amazing Race 13" brother and sister Nick and Starr Spangler were crowned the winners of the race. The finale began with the final three teams flying from Moscow, Russia to their final destination Portland, Oregon. Once there they were instructed to Tilikum Children's camp where a Detour awaited. The choice was between climbing a 30 foot tree, walking across a beam and jumping off it or walking across 850 feet of floating logs. All three teams chose the tree climbing. When the task was complete each team had to travel to the Bridge of the Gods and take a zip line to their next task. Next up the teams had to solve a memory puzzle by finding a picture in one of 150 clue boxes that corresponded to an activity on each leg of the race. Ken & Tina and Nick & Starr were neck and neck but Nick & Starr finished first and took the lead. Their next clue instructed them to find a green dinosaur in a building across the street from the Portland Building. Once they found it they were told to go to a Russian food cart where a new clue consisted only of the phase: "the magic is in the hole". After asking locals the teams figured out they had to go to Voodoo Doughnuts where they received instructions to the finish line. After 23 days and almost 43,000 miles Nick and Starr crossed the finish line and won $1 million. Ken and Tina arrived second, while Andrew and Dan came in third.

In post-finale interviews Nick & Starr revealed that Ken & Tina were only about 11 minutes behind them, while Andrew and Dan were an hour and a half. Starr also confirmed she has been dating Dallas long distance since the show ended, about six months. In other good news, ratings were up a tad from last season with 10.5 million viewers tuning in compared to 9.7 million for last season's finale. And you don't have to wait long for season 14. It premieres February 15th!


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