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Federal Agents ousted from 'Amazing Race' on CBS

April 23, 2012
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Amazing Race contestants Jamie Graetz and Nary Ebeid Amazing Race contestants Jamie Graetz and Nary Ebeid

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.

TME: Did you still make it further than you thought you would?

Nary: I just think Jamie and I are super competitive. We had goals to go as far as we could. Of course we'd like to have gone further, but we're extremely happy where we ended up.

TME: Out of the teams left, who was your toughest competitors?

Jamie: I think Dave and Rachel were strong. Dave is a very militaristic kind of guy and Rachel kicked butt. We were the last female team and I thought she [Rachel] was doing an awesome job. I thought they were good competitors. It could've been anybody. It varies so much based on the task. We wish Bopper and Mark the best of luck.

TME: What was the hardest part of this adventure?

Nary: Hardest for us really was the tent. It wasn't that the tent was a hard thing to do, it just took us longer than everyone else because it was hard to reach and hold it up with our height. That was second to the watermelon challenge for us.

Jamie: The watermelon challenge was brutal. It was gut wrenching when the side dropped; there was no patching that. It is a race and part of it is knowing when to go onto the next thing and taking a step back.

TME: What was your most memorable time on the show?

Jamie: There was one point where we were sleeping in that tent. We used a restroom first and there was a buffalo which was the size of our tent. He decided he was going to come out and play. And our tent was by its lonesome. We were all by ourselves, unarmed, with this buffalo. I usually knock out pretty fast, but Nary was snoring away, and I was the one awake. He [the buffalo] sounded like a train because he was so big and he was circling the tent and Nary was just sleeping. I thought I was going to die in Africa.

TME: What's been the reaction of your family?

Nary: Our families have been extremely supportive. They said, 'You girls are great role models and supported each other through the whole race.' My sister is a principal, my other sister is an assistant principal and they're using us as role models to their students. It's really nice.

TME: Would you do it again?

Jamie: We both feel the same. It was a love-hate relationship. At the end you're like, 'I'm exhausted,' but now I'm like 'Heck yeah, I'd do it again.'

Nary: Yeah I'd do it again. It was an experience of a lifetime. You'd be stupid not to take that opportunity.

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