LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman were stuck in the back of the back, when the second part of the China leg of The Amazing Race kicked off. "It was so stressful," Jen tells In Touch. The sisters managed to make up a ton of time - even after being U-Turned and forced to complete both Detours - and were well on their way to securing a spot in the final three. But when Jen stopped to use a port-a-potty just yards from the pit stop, another team snuck past them. "I don't regret anything," admits Jen. "On the race, things happen and you can go from first to last and vice versa," adds LaKisha, who doesn't hold a grudge against her little sister for taking a million-dollar pee break!
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What went through your mind at the pit stop when Phil handed you a clue and said that the leg wasn't over yet?
Jen: I promise you that sucked everything out of me. That first part of the leg was so stressful and I was thinking that it was the end for us. But when Phil said that we had to keep going, I was in total shock. It was a great feeling, though.
Would you say that China the hardest leg of the race?
Jen: Emotionally, yes, because of my fear of water. That made it the most difficult for me to push through. It's hard to conquer a fear.
How did you manage to make up so much time during the second half of the leg?
LaKisha: After we left the opera house, everyone got lost except for Tammy and Victor. Figuring out that clue took a long time. Once we realized that it was right next door to the place where we were, we just focused on trying to complete each task and make it to the pit stop.
Were you shocked that Tammy and Victor U-Turned you?
LaKisha: No we weren't shocked at all. There had been a lot of talk from other teams saying that if it came down to a footrace to the pit stop then my sister and I would win. So the teams were worried.
Jen: Yeah, we weren't surprised at all when we saw our pictures on the U-Turn.
LaKisha: Disappointed but not surprised.
Jen, do you regret stopping to use the bathroom before checking in at the pit stop?
Jen: It's all in hindsight, and I don't regret anything I've done on the race.
LaKisha, are you proud of your sister?
LaKisha: Yes, I'm definitely proud of her. I've said she's not my little sister anymore; she's an equal team member. Everyone thinks I should be hard on her for wanting to stop to pee, but I'm not because we wouldn't have made it that far in the race without her. I'm proud of her for really conquering her fears of water on the last leg. She was able to swim and finish the race, and I'm really proud of her because of that.