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Nary Ebeid and Jamie Graetz of Los Angeles were the only remaining all female team competing on 'The Amazing Race' until this Sunday's episode. The duo, which came in last during last week's non-elimination round, had not only to complete a detour in Africa that required them to patch a punctured bicycle tire without removing the wheel from the bike, but also a road block that Nary opted to do. That road block included donning a bee suit to collect 500 grams of honey from a bee farm. Both Nary and Jamie were also required to complete a speed bump because of their last place finish during the previous leg of the race. That speed bump included assembling an art display, a task that wasn't too difficult but cost the Federal Agents precious time that they just couldn't make up. As a result, Nary and Jamie came in last again, and this time they were eliminated. I had a chance to speak with the Federal Agents to get their reaction to this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel the world and compete for $1 million.

The Maine Edge: What happened? Was it just from getting behind in the last leg?

Nary: We were already two hours behind. Assembling the tent [from the last leg] put us way back. And this leg, there was no equalizer. We were hoping there would be an equalizer, like we all get on the same flight. But even with U-turns and the speed bump, there was no room to catch up.

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Monday, 23 April 2012 11:09

'Biggest Loser' players send momma home

'The Biggest Loser' contestants on NBC's weight loss reality show had a rough week (NOT!), when they were whisked away to Hawaii where they faced the challenge of losing weight on vacation. Instead of hitting the gym, they worked out on the beach. The players even got the opportunity to learn to surf courtesy of athlete Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack and inspired the movie, Soul Surfer. After the weigh in, the two contestants who fell below the yellow line and risked elimination turned out to be the mother daughter duo - Kimmy and Megan Stone. Kimmy asked the players to send her home in order for her daughter to stay; a request they willingly granted. 

"I didn't feel like I was going home to face failure because I was 11 pounds away from my goal. I felt like I wanted Meghan to have more time on the ranch to lose weight. As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. I felt sacrificing my position on the show for Meghan to stay was a no brainer," Stone said.

Stone, a 48-year-old registered nurse from Missouri admits she never watched 'The Biggest Loser' before becoming a contestant on the show.

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'The Biggest Loser' didn't just lose the contestant with the lowest percentage of weight loss this week. Two other contestants, Buddy Shuh of Michigan and Mark Cornelison of Texas, voluntarily packed their bags and went home after learning the show's producers were bringing back one of the previously eliminated contestants, yet again, to compete with those still in the game. That left Jeremy, Conda and Kim as the final three on the ranch until Jeremy Britt fell below the yellow line and was sent home.

"We had gotten word the other contestants were coming back for a chance to compete. We thought we were the final five and this was just a dagger to our hearts. It just seemed wrong," Britt explained.

"It would've been Adrian and Daphne's third chance [getting to come back]. Everyone disagreed with what was going on."

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Twenty-one-year-old Megan Stone of Missouri was pushed and pushed by her trainer, Bob Harper, throughout the most recent episode of NBC's 'The Biggest Loser.' She got up before the rest of the contestants on the show to get in an extra run on the treadmill and went to bed after her fellow contestants just so she could burn a few extra hundred calories on the stationary bike. However, that wasn't enough to keep her safe from elimination. Stone fell below the yellow line along with youth pastor Mark Cornelison of Texas. When the rest of the players were asked which of the two contestants below the yellow line should be sent home, most of the votes were cast in favor of Megan.

"All I can say is I'm bummed that I got sent home," said Stone. "Regardless of how hard you work, you could be going home. Never once did I think I was safe."

Since losing weight on the ranch and at home, Stone has been able to enjoy her passion for horseback riding once again.

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Only six teams remain on 'The Amazing Race' on CBS. This reality show, now in its 20th season, takes participants on a trip around the world using all modes of transportation. The teams are tasked with various challenges along the way in order to receive clues to that day's particular designated pit stop. The last team to check in risks being eliminated.

On Sunday's episode the teams left Germany and headed to Azerbaijan in Asia where they got to experience what it was like to escape from a plane or helicopter under water. Instead of attempting that challenge, friends Joey and Danny and married couple Dave and Rachel took their chances at the 'fast forward,' a task that, once completed, sends that particular team past all other challenges and straight to the finish line for that day. In Sunday's "fast forward," the teams were required to stack 150 bales of hay, a job that Dave and Rachel breezed through, leaving Joey and Danny to return to the original task. The duo just couldn't recover the time lost attempting the "fast forward" and as a result came in last and were eliminated from the race. I recently got the chance to speak with the boys from the Big Apple to see if they had any regrets about the way they played 'The Amazing Race' and who they'd like to see win.

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