The Amazing Race Winners: Experience Worth More Than the Million
Anything can happen in Vegas — and for these racers, it did! After visiting eight countries and logging more than 25,000 miles in 21 days, San Diego-based Meghan Rickey, 23, and Cheyne Whitney, 23, were the first team to cross the finish line at Wayne Newton’s house in Las Vegas on The Amazing Race and were crowned winners of the CBS series’ 15th installment and the million-dollar prize by host Phil Keoghan.
While they appeared stunned (Cheyne asked, “For real, bro?” while Meghan claimed she couldn’t feel her body), the All-Americans were generally favored to win as they had placed first on the most legs, were physically fit and kept their fighting to a minimum. As with most reality show winners, both claimed the cash was secondary to the experience. “The experience is life-changing and the money is not even as important as what we got to do together,” Cheyne explained in his post-win interview segment. “She was one of the strongest competitors even compared to the guys. I’m so happy she’s mine.” She added, “This has been a learning experience. Every step of the way has been so neat. I learned so much about Cheyne. He’s a good person and friend [who will] be there for me throughout my life.”
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