Fans of Reality TVís Exclusive Interview with Gina and Sylvia - 10/3/02
(editorís note: Gina and Sylvia were wonderful people to speak with, and they sound like a great team who just had a series of small setbacks. Unfortunately, their call was from a terrible phone connection - we even got cut off once, so Iíve had to paraphrase a little bit here and there. If there are misquotes, itís entirely my fault.)
FORT = Me
G = Gina
S = Sylvia
(p) = Iíve had to paraphrase because of the connection
FORT: What did you enjoy most about your experience on the show?
G(p): The skydiving was the best part.
S(p): The skydiving, definitely.
FORT: You made the decision to skydive with no hesitation, I wondered if youíd done it before.
G(p): No, we hadnít ever, but thatís part of the Amazing Race experience. You do whatever you can, and enjoy it.
S(p): We never had a second thought about doing the donkey carts, and we were amazed so many people didnít skydive.
FORT: We saw you wishing Ken and Gerard ďgood luckĒ on the Fast Forward. Did you consider trying for it yourselves?
G: We considered it, but Ken & Gerard decided to do it almost immediately. We knew they would get it easy, because they spoke fluent Spanish, it was in a business district Ė and we knew theyíd get it, so we were going to take the chance that the Twins wouldnít make the bus. We were playing the odds here. And if they donít get back, then everybody moves up on that bus. We were hoping they wouldnít make it back, and theyíd be 2 hours behind us at that point, because theyíd have to wait on another bus.
FORT: Did you get to return home after you were eliminated?
G: We had to stay the entire time.
FORT: Was it difficult, knowing youíd been eliminated, but not being able to return to your family?
G: I think it was very, very hard. But, it was a family decision that was made beforehand, so it was hard to be away, but like my husband said, ďthereís always the chance you could be first.Ē
S: That was a part of the gamble, we went on it and there were 12 spots and we were the first ones out. It was unfortunate, but thatís the way the chips fell for us that day.
FORT: It looked like the guy you were following got lost. How long did you actually spend driving around, and was that the reason you came in last?
G: Well, all 3 teams are driving around, and all 3 teams came in within 12 minutes of each other. That, too, was a multitude of little things happening that you donít see. You donít see all 3 teams stopping all the different times for directions, and running here and there. That van drive was a ďminute here, a minute thereĒ. We were on a one way street, we couldnít even turn around, it was really narrow. We got an entire family to come out of their house and help us. That probably did it, because the Twins came in minutes before us, and probably the time we spent moving it around hurt us. Once we got turned around, we found it quickly. Itís hard because you donít know what the other teams are doing.
G&S(talking together): It could have been any of us. It was just a crapshoot. Itís probably why weíre pretty comfortable with it. It wasnít like we were a day late, or hours behind Ė as they say, it was a race.
FORT: Going back to the beginning of the raceÖIt looked like you were near the front of the pack going to the airport, yet you were on the second flight. What happened?
S: We could not get on the American Airlines flight Ė we should have, but I sat at that desk, and I talked to those American Airlines people forÖan hour, it seemed like.
G: And then, on the second flight, we were automatically at the back of the pack. AeroMexico was a direct flight, so we didnít even bother with Continental at that point.
(editorís note: They didnít mention a third flight option during the show, apparently because no one took it.)
FORT: Last question. Historically, all-female teams have had a poor showing. Do you feel itís possible for an all-female team to win, or is it too physical?
G(p): I definitely feel like itís not too physical. Itís a race that anyone can win.
Thank you, Gina and Sylvia, if you stop by to read this. Iím glad you chose to compete, and sorry that you were the first eliminated. After having spoken to you, I wish you would have lasted longer.
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