When “The Amazing Race” picks a cast each season, they look for different archetypes: goofy male best friends, bickering married couple, gutsy older couple, et. al. Another standard pairing is two hottie female friends who sometimes labeled cheerleaders or pageant queens.
Their usual commentary is: we’re smarter than we look! Don’t underestimate us!
In reality, only twice in 20 races has an all-female team won “The Amazing Race”: two attractive doctors season 17 and sisters season 18.
Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher, Auburn grads and best friends who both have strong Atlanta ties, are trying to defy “Amazing Race” history and those pesky stereotypes. During the debut episode of season 21 this past Sunday, they appeared to get along and made no blatant mistakes for the editors to luxuriate over. And they finished a solid third.
So far, so good.
I have a hard time differentiating the two so far because they look like sisters. Caitlin, a special ed teacher, is from St. Louis but now lives in Atlanta and Brittany grew up in Atlanta but now lives in Chicago as a pharmaceutical sales rep. (Her boyfriend still lives in Atlanta and so do her parents.)
I spoke to them before the show aired so they were limited in terms of what they could say about the show itself or the other contestants, which include two brothers who look like Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and a pair of goofy best friends who have tried out for the show at least seven times.
Brittany and Caitlin both espouse their competitiveness and athleticism. (Brittany’s father is former major league ball player Scott Fletcher from 1981 to 1995. Caitlin is actually dating a Chicago White Sox player Gordon Beckham.)
“I’ve always wanted to do ‘The Amazing Race,’ ” Brittany said. “Wanted to check it off my bucket list. Caitlin was the perfect person to pair with. I’ve been raised around competition and going after what I want. I knew she was someone I could count on.”
“We’re not just blonde girls from the South who want to be on a reality show,” Caitlin said. “We want the million dollars. That’s why we’re on the show.”
Caitlin, who moved to Buckhead because she has a lot of friends here from Auburn, said they expected to fight but actually got along well and balanced each other out. To prepare, they did team-building exercises like having one person instruct the other on building a Lego set.
“The Amazing Race”
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