01:49 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 12/12/2010 11:00AM
Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan swears on his passport that season 17's finale, which airs Sunday on CBS, is chock full "memorable and very cool moments."
And that's saying a lot considering this season saw a contestant get a runaway watermelon to the face, an on-air proposal, the longest penalty and a team who slept through their pit stop departure time by more than two hours.
"It's hard to believe, but this is the first time in our series history that we've ended the race in Los Angeles. Nothing like maneuvering your way to the finish line through L.A. traffic," Keoghan told PEOPLE recently. "We have one challenge where teams literally have to face their fears and phobias in order to avoid choking with $1 million on the line."
And a bonus: "Look for a surprise appearance by one of the most famous game show hosts of all time," he says.
Originally posted 10/12/2010 10:00AM
This week on the Amazing Race, the nine remaining teams continue to explore Ghana.
The teams race first to the neighborhood of Jamestown, where one member must master a pro boxing training circuit at the Akotoku Boxing Academy. Teams then travel to a marked supply depot at the Dodowa District, where they must transport construction supplies to a local school. At school, teams must remain in the classroom until they can pass a pop quiz on African geography.
When one of them can identify the location of Ghana, they get a choice between a Bicycle Parts or Language Arts task. Teams can either play with other kids and learn how to roll a bicycle rim across a soccer field or solve a word puzzle using native African symbols. (In other words, teams make the same tough choice I made every day in school – should I "play" with the jocks at recess or sit silently and do "language arts" by myself.)
In a topsy-turvy leg, teams struggle with some simple tasks.
Originally posted 10/05/2010 10:40AM
Despite being eliminated on the only the second leg of the 17th The Amazing Race, University of Georgia student Jenna Sykes, 21, and her birth mother Andie Dekroon, 44, a stay-at-home mother of 10 from Atlanta, learned a lifetime of lessons about each other. They spoke with PEOPLE about the pros and cons of teaming up with someone they'd met in person only once and how it changed their relationship forever.
How much interaction had you had prior to the show?
Andie: When Jenna was 19, we started writing old-fashioned letters. We slowly got to know each other. One day, I saw she had Tweeted, "Watching Amazing Race, I want to do it." I love the show and I knew we had an adventurous streak in common so I went out on a limb and asked her to apply. She loved the idea.
Jenna: We weren’t complete strangers because we had written a lot, but the first time we heard each other's voice was on the application video. Once we knew we were being considered, we decided to meet.
The teams that often do the best are ones with long-term relationships like siblings. Were you worried you would already be at a disadvantage not knowing each other's strengths and weaknesses?
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