Cory - I think they did a good job of editing, I think they have great cast, very interesting, comical group. I picked the two girls to be out first, actually. Just seeing them talk and doing what they were doing, it was pretty obvious.
G & W - Any moments that stood out for you?
Cory - I thought the military task struck a chord for me, not just that my brother was in the military bit I thought it was a pretty cool challenge to stop that flood. And also, Natalie from the hockey team who was puking on the plane, I thought that was a tough situation to get through.
G & W - Yeah, she was puking and she still jumped.
Cory - Yeah, not too many people would have done that, but she’s obviously been through a lot of pressurized situations playing in the Olympics, playing hockey her entire life. She’s been able to push through a lot of stuff for sure.
G & W - When you watched show were you saying ‘Jody and I could have done that easy’ or did you just hold back because you know it’s not as easy at it looks?
Cory - Most of the tasks seemed easy. What I found that Jody and I struggled with was the memorization challenges, which is what every team did struggle with, at the tea party. Trying to remember the stuff and you have the cameras on you, and you’ve got these people you don’t know looking at you, and you’re on the show and the adrenaline’s going a little bit, it makes it tough to memorize things perfectly.
G & W - We did talk the Shahla and Nabeela, the eliminated team (that interview will be up on Friday) and they said one of the hardest thing they discovered was not really the challenges, but dealing with all the cameras and microphones.
Cory - I didn’t find that. One of our things is making sure they kept up and you’re always aware of them. You also have to kind of try and watch your language (laughs). And you can’t get more than 20 feet away from them. So if the one guy has to change something or tie a shoelace, you have to to wait around. That can be frustrating and I think that happened to us twice. Still, the crews do a good job keeping up, especially carrying all that equipment, trying to get some good raw footage at the same time.
G & W - Were they any teams that impressed you out there?
Cory - I thought the Olympians were very impressive. But I’ve got my eye on the twin brothers (Pierre and Michel Forget) and I don’t know if it’s because I’m picking a brother team to win because Jodi and I didn’t pull it off, but they’ve got the French and English. And when they announced here’s your clue and your bank card with a couple thousand dollars on it, that tells me they are going outside of Canada, because we never had $2,000 throughout the entire race put on our card. Maybe a thousand, but that was for 10 legs.
G & W - When you had to apply for Season 2, one of the requirements was a passport so that also told us that they were leaving Canada.
Cory - So did we, so did we; we needed a passport. You had to hand your passport in at the end of every leg or you couldn’t check in. You had to have it on you as you raced and then you had to give it to them at check in. But the $2,000 is definitely a giveaway, for me anyhow, unless they have to buy a helicopter ride or something.
G & W - Did you think they are just going into the US or somewhere farther?
Cory - In an interview, the main producer said they were going to consider doing the Americas. That’s a lot of long flights. And I think I heard Jon Montgomery say that this Season was harder, so that’s tells me there are some more language barriers. And if you can’t speak the language that makes it tough to get the task done. But so far, I don’t think any of the tasks were any harder than what we did.
G & W - That’s true. Although the flooding task was very interesting.
Cory - It was kind of cool. But jumping out of a plane with someone strapped on you, that doesn’t seem very hard to me. Going down a zip-line, you just jump and go. That tells me that there maybe a little more complications with the flights and maybe some more language barriers in Central or South America. If you don’t have any Spanish or anything, you might be in trouble.
G & W - Since this is the first episode of the season, we wanted to know what is it like standing on the starting line? Jon’s doing his bit and he’s ready to say go, what does that feel like, if you can put it into words?
Cory - When went through three days of talking to lawyers and doing interviews and everything else (prior to the start), so I was just wanted him to say ‘Go’ so badly. In my mind, I was already halfway to our bags before Jon even said 'Go'. I guess if I could use a word, it would be… thrilling.