First team I'm going to called The Olympians. Why is obvious. Both are members of Canada's Gold Medal winning women's hockey team: Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson. Physically, this is going to be a tough team; Meaghan played the 2014 gold medal game with a broken hand so they are also very determined. And if their personalities match their skills on the ice, they will soon be fan favs. Already my kid saw them and said this was her favourite team.
Next team I'm going to go out on the limb and call them the Bickersons. Their names are Alain Chanoine and Audrey Tousignant-Maurice. He's a stuntman/actor, she's a real estate broker. Based on their bios, this looks to be the A-type personality team that will probably argue about everything. This makes for good TV but only to a point.They look strong physically but if they argue too much, that will hurt them. Good, though, to have Francophone team in the race. And something tells me not to turn your back on this team.
And the third team announce are the Brownies, a name they've given themselves. Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday are best friends who both were raised in traditional Moslem homes. But don't be fooled; they are also independent women and work to find a balance between their independent lives and their upbringing. This is an interesting team because they will adhere to their religious beliefs while on the race. That means no tasks involving the drinking of alcohol or the eating of any non-halah food. So no whale blubber. And they say they'll take a penalty instead of undermining their beliefs. I'll admit to already liking this team because Shahla is, just like my wife, an occupational therapist. Although Shahla has the weirdest fear, I've ever heard of, a fear of wooden objects such as popsicle sticks in her mouth.
So far these three teams have almost as many women as all the teams on Season 1 so that's a nice change of pace. But we'll see what transpires further in the week.