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Tiffany Michelle (born June 4, ) is an American actress, writer, television host, and poker an inspirational and relationship columnist for Converge Magazine, and in she co-authored a scripture . Alongside best friend and fellow poker player, Maria Ho the two made up the season's only all-female team and. Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle had such a hard time completing the I think since neither of us were a romantic-relationship team like a lot of. Tiffany and Maria didn't quit TAR15, they took a hour penalty for quitting the Detour nor were they apparently asked, about their own friendship/relationship.
Toward the end, it was so hard because we had no idea where the other teams were. We had only seen Meghan and Cheyne leaving and Matt and Gary on the golf field, but we had a good feeling that nobody else was taking three hours to do either of the challenges. It felt like days, but in reality it was three hours that we put our hearts and souls out there on that field.
At what point did you decide to quit? Technically, we didn't want to quit. If you can't complete a Detour, it's a hour penalty. We weren't sitting there saying, "We're done!
Quitting was not what was in our heads. We were at the point where we had tried so hard on both sides that we just couldn't do it. That mallet at the carnival bell was over 40 pounds and if you [multiply] that by 70 attempts, our bodies were physically weak.
When we got to the golfing challenge, the winds had picked up so terribly. The ball would come back toward us because the wind was so bad [at the golf field]. That's another thing — they can't predict weather elements when they test a challenge. Sometimes it comes down to Mother Nature! Some viewers think the leg was poorly designed since both Detours were physical.
Did you think it was unfair? And why was the bell outside? Why couldn't you just dance? We don't know [why the bell was there. Also, they didn't show this, but it took a couple tries for all the males that did it.
Normally, [there's one physical Detour] and the other is a little less physically demanding and usually involves something more mental or something more gender-neutral. The dance was supposed to be the gender-neutral one, but adding that element of the carnival bell made it a very physical task.
Even though there's a certain technique to hitting those bells, it still requires a certain amount of physical strength. I can attest to Tiffany being one of the two strongest females in the whole race and she came close, but for her to not be able to do that goes to show that it might've been something that was impossible for most women. Do you think you would've made it if you stuck with one and didn't change tasks?
We feel like if maybe we had stayed at the carnival bell a little bit longer the first time instead of going to the golf thing, we might've been able to do it. When Tiffany was getting close to ringing the bell, that was actually on our second try back. So it leads us to believe that we would've gotten it eventually if we stayed.
We like to think that because we don't like to think something's impossible. Do you think the windy weather played a bigger role in your elimination than your physical strength issues? I think it was a combination of both. It was at that point that we were on the other side of the Detour trying to ring that bell. By the time we had actually moved over to doing the golfing challenge, the wind was blowing like 30 MPH in the opposite direction of where we had to be hitting the ball.
So that combined with the fact that we had just swam through that creek water to get to the other side to play the golf and we were soaking wet, it was super windy and it was just making it so hard for us to get the ball anywhere when we would get it off the ground.
Plus, I think it does take a physical amount of strength. It wasn't regular golf. It was with a wooden clog for a golf club and that soccer-size ball. Even Meghan said later on, if there was two of her, she doesn't think she could have done it because she said Cheyne would hit it so far and then she would just give it her best shot -- but Cheyne could definitely compensate for some of the distance.
So I would say both sides of the Detour this time had a very physically demanding component. For one reason or another -- not for a lack of effort though, we definitely felt like we gave it our all -- we just could not complete either side.
In hindsight, do you think there were any approaches to either golfing or hitting the high striker that you didn't try that you think might have worked? I think with the golf specifically, it just came down to mother nature. I think when production probably tested that out, they didn't have the windy circumstances that we had that day, which is just a part of the race. Life happens, things happen. I don't think it was accomplishable with how the wind had picked up by the time we had arrived.
With that dinger striker, we gave it over 70 attempts -- which you saw. We were there for -- between the two -- for over three hours giving our best attempts and we really tried every possible way. That mallet was over 40 pounds, so just to lift it over your head, it was hard enough just to lift that hammer and get it to swing down.
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We really tried every single possible technique. We hit it soft, we hit it hard. I tried to let the weight of the mallet hit it. I think it was just a combination of it being a very physical task that we didn't have the strength and muscle mass to do, and it with the weather conditions and us being freezing cold, we just got weaker and weaker and weaker -- which is finally the point we realized we just had to be honest with ourselves and say, "Okay, there's no way we can complete either side.
So that's when we had to bow out. Do you think that had you just picked the golf task right from the beginning [before the mallet swinging weakened you and the wind picked up] you would have been able to complete it? Yeah, that's definitely a possibility because actually when we were riding up on our bikes [to "Farmer's Game"] we saw Meghan and Cheyne leaving and they had just completed that side of the Detour. So yeah, that's definitely a possibility. There's so many different factors that you can't foresee in this race, so who knows?
We might have been able to do it, and that's our hope, that's what we're going to stick with. We like to think that there's not ever going to be something on the race that we cannot do. You two seemed to make the decision to quit without even knowing whether the Amsterdam Pit Stop might be a non-elimination Pit Stop.
Did you guys ever discuss that possibility? Technically what we did -- it wasn't quitting -- if you can't finish a Detour, the penalty is 24 hours. A Roadblock is four hours if you can't complete it.
But a Detour, because there's two options, is a 24 hour penalty. We really what we said was, "Okay, we can't do either side of the Detour, we'll take a 24 hour penalty from the point ["Married Couple" Ericka Dunlap and Brian Kleinschmidt ] checked in. But after a good three hours we had a feeling that the last team had probably already checked in. So we took the 24 hour penalty, and that's the point where [host Phil Keoghan ] had come out to the field.
Obviously Brian and Ericka had checked in and it wasn't a non-elimination leg so that didn't really play a part. So the idea to quit there came after you knew it wasn't a non-elimination leg?
Well we had no way of knowing whether it was a non-elimination We had said that we wanted to take the penalty and basically Phil came out and said what he said, and that's when we knew that obviously it wasn't a non-elimination or they would have just let us take the penalty.
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Some people have been confused because obviously Brian and Ericka had like a 30 minute penalty [for not riding bikes to the Detour task]. But specifically in the rules, you have to complete the entire side of each side of the Detour, so you can't skip one portion of it.
You have to completely complete one or the other side of the Detour. With Brian and Ericka, their penalty was incurred because they didn't follow the instructions in arriving at the Detour in the correct way. That's why they got their specific penalty. But it's actually 24 hours if you can't complete either side of the Detour in its entirety.
An all-female team has still never won The Amazing Race. Do you have any personal opinions why you think that's the case? I personally can't really pinpoint why. I think for the most part, it's a very hard show to logistically produce and figure out.
So I commend all of the people who work so hard to think of all these challenges and try to make them balanced. But the bottom line is any time there is something physical, for the most part, one woman is not going to be able to physically be stronger or necessarily faster when put up against a guy.
So I think in some cases that's kind of something that's hard to equalize, and that's why with Detour there's two different sides and one side is usually less physical than the other. So we can't really say why there hasn't been. I definitely think it's possible and I don't think that there's inherently anything unfair with the way that the race is made that makes it harder for women, but I just think it's just logistically hard to just make it completely equal. For whatever reason, it's been harder for an all-female team to emerge on the top.
We can't really put our finger on one thing though. Each season, each cast is different. You can have a race that's fairly equal in tasks, but now once you start adding in the elements of your opponents or us going up against Sam and Dan or us going up against Brian, it just comes to sheer muscle mass and strength for some of the physical things.
Obviously Maria and I aren't going to be giving the Globetrotters a run for their money or beating them in a physical challenge or out-racing them in a footrace. So I think each season is a little bit unique as well when it comes to matching up the teams and their strengths and weaknesses. That's the funny thing. We knew from Day 1, we had a pretty good feeling that they were the token gay team of the season. We knew that usually each season there's a gay team. From Day 1 we kind of pinpointed them as the gay team.
Actually they told us back in Vietnam, so we had known for quite a while that they were gay. A lot of our comments about loving them and the kind of love fest that we had with them definitely came from a platonic place of just loving and respecting them as brothers as compared to what it may have seemed like on TV -- like we were falling in love with them and wanting to walk down to the altar and have their children.
That definitely wasn't the case.