After last week’s The Amazing Race 16 revealed the Final 3 teams in the running for the million dollar prize, fans of the show were anxious to see who would take it home during Sunday’s finale. If you missed the season finale tonight, you may be wondering who won The Amazing Race. To find out which team finished first and won Season 16 of The Amazing Race, keep reading!
Who Won The Amazing Race 16?
Though models Brent and Catie were sitting in first place at the end of last week’s leg, this final week of The Amazing Race 16 proved the game can change at any moment. Those who watched last week’s and missed tonight’s episode may be surprised to learn that brothers Dan and Jordan won The Amazing Race 16 during the final leg of the race, which was set in San Francisco.
Cowboys Jet and Cord took second place, or first loser, after brothers Dan and Jordan won The Amazing Race, and a very obviously disappointed Brent and Catie ended up in third after a hapless cabbie foiled their chances early in the final round. Catie showed her true colors when, in her frustration, she repeatedly referred to her flustered driver as a “dumb-ass” right to his face. While the guy probably should know his city better if he’s going to drive people around in it for a living, the level of rudeness seemed to offend even Catie’s partner and boyfriend, Brent.
Dan and Jordan won The Amazing Race 16 only after traveling for 23 days, passing through five continents and logging over 40,000 land and air miles, before arriving in San Francisco for a final leg that involved solving riddles, climbing Coit Tower, and participating in a virtual reality challenge. The Final 3 Amazing Race 16 teams had to don safety harnesses and hoist themselves up the climbing cables to reach the top of the over 200-foot tall Coit Tower to get to the next clue.
Dan and Jordan Win The Amazing Race 16, and A Million Dollars!
It’s very likely Dan and Jordan won The Amazing Race 16 because they completed the Coit Tower task first, though Team Cowboy was in very close competition. Both teams completed the task before Brent and Catie were even able to overcome the language barrier and directionally-challenged cabbie and arrive at the location. Brent and Catie were never able to close the gap this mishap created, though they pushed as hard as they could.
After the Coit Tower clue, teams were instructed to make their way to the Yoga Fountain, outside San Francisco’s Lucas Films building. Here, Dan and Jordan were the first to begin a virtual reality challenge, in which Dan directed Jordan, who was hooked up to a motion-capture suit. Jordan’s actions on an open floor were directed by Dan, who could watch on a computer screen in a cubicle as Jordan’s form appeared to “walk through” a virtual maze to the last Amazing Race 16 clue. Cord and Jet soon walked in, and Cord began shouting fake orders to his own brother from the next cubicle over from Dan in an effort to distract the fraternal team.
Cord’s attempt to sabotage Dan and Jordan quickly led to a karmic impasse, when Jet’s virtual path was blocked by Jordan, who had to stand in one spot for several minutes to complete his own challenge. Dan and Jordan ended up completing the challenge first, and deciphering the next clue. All of this was going on while Brent and Catie were just finding Coit Tower.
Before Dan and Jordan could ensure it would actually be them who won The Amazing Race 16, they would have to head over to the Tonga room, a famed, historic tiki lounge in San Fransisco. There, they would find a trunk, which had to be brought to the Great American Music Hall for one last challenge before the final clue could be revealed. Dan and Jordan made sure it would be them who won The Amazing Race 16 by making quick work of a challenge to put posters in the correct order to reveal the final meeting spot.
Brent and Catie finally made it to the virtual reality challenge, but it wasn’t long before cowboys Jet and Cord finished it. Brent and Catie soon followed, but both teams’ fate was already sealed. After an initial difficulty hailing a cab, Dan and Jordan were already well on their way to Candlestick Park to the become the team who won The Amazing Race 16.
Dan and Jordan entered Candlestick Park just ahead of Jet and Cord, and were told they had just won first place on The Amazing Race 16, and the one million dollar prize. It goes without saying how ecstatic they both were at this news. Brent and Catie turned up last, and though Catie tried to hide it, she was obviously beyond crushed. Probably similar to how that poor cabbie must have felt after enduring a few hours of driving her around.
CBS – ‘The Amazing Race’ – May 9, 2010