Another day, another three teams are announced. Are you excited yet? We certainly are and we hope you enjoy reading our reviews. This set includes twin brothers from Montreal, a couple of Vancouver bartenders, and another married couple. There's still more women than men this season so there's no gender inequality, but I wonder how that will affect the tasks. Only a few more weeks until we find out. In the meantime let's meet the next three teams.
Let's start off with identical twin brothers Pierre and Michel Forget (42) from Terrebonne, Quebec where they run the family's meat packing plant. I can guarantee you that I'm going to forget which one is which when it comes to reporting on these two, except when Michel encounters spiders and screams like a girl. Both brothers were competitive skiers but Michel stepped back to allow Pierre to follow his dream, become a member of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association team and win a world cup title in 94. That was 20 years ago and they've both stayed competitive and consider the Amazing Race the ultimate challenge. Their mottos are "Go big or go home," "Be fast and effective." and "Losing is not an option." Not the most original of choices but I look forward to their good cop/bad cop/Fred & Barney attitude.
Our next team are the bartenders from Vancouver, Ryan Steele (36) and Rob Goddard (24) whose wisecracking attitude will either have viewers love them or hate them. I don't think their age difference is going to be a problem for them but Ryan's fear of spiders could be an issue. Ryan is also an up and coming comedian, while Rob has branched out from behind the bar as a fitness trainer and former Mr. Gay Canada. They both agree that their biggest problem is "directions" so this should be fun. Their motto, "Stay calm and don't give up," and "We've got this hun," are a little more original but not very motivational. Hopefully their sense of humour and timing will keep them running for awhile.
Our last team for today is the upbeat married couple of Laura Takahashi (28) and Jackie Skinner (31) from Toronto, Ontario who met as camp counsellors 15 years ago and have been together ever since. Laura is in Media Development so she'll know the behind the scenes stuff that goes on in making each episode and hopefully doesn't get sidetracked buy it, while Jackie is a musician. I always root for the creatives. Their love of travel and the outdoors seems hampered only by Laura's fear of bugs and Jackie's fear of birds flying near her head. That said, unknown situations tend to stress them out and there's no bigger unknown than running the Amazing Race and wondering what the next task is. Their motto is "No hesitation." I like it, it's quick, simple and to the point.
That's it for today. Remember to come back tomorrow for the last two teams to be announced along with a Season 2 Exclusive. I'm not even going to guess at what that could be, but I'm looking forward to it.
Gordon L Gale
Gordon L Gale is a Freelance Illustrator, a Graphic Designer, a Dad and (according to his children) an Ogre.