From the moment Justin Kanew and Zev Glassenberg landed in Cambodia, they ran an almost flawless leg of The Amazing Race. Even though Zev had some trouble mastering a monkey's moves, the team still managed to be the first to check in with host Phil Keoghan at the pit stop. "We were on top of the world," Justin tells In Touch about winning the Cambodian leg. "It felt amazing," agrees Zev, who quickly realized that he was missing his passport. "It felt like we just fell off a cliff," admits Justin. When the duo was unable to produce the proper travel documents, they were disqualified.
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What was your first impression of Cambodia?
Justin: The first impression came while we were flying across a river that was very brown. So as we were landing in Cambodia, we were thinking that the place was probably not going to be clean like Tokyo. We figured that it would be more like the parts of Vietnam we had seen, and it was. It was pretty dirty.
Zev: But they had some really beautiful buildings spread throughout.
Justin: Yeah, there was some great temples, and that kind of thing, and the people were really nice.
You really lucked out with Thierry the cab driver.
Justin: Yes, we did.
Do you give him some credit for helping you in Cambodia?
Justin: We definitely give Thierry all the credit in the world.
Zev: And then some.
Justin: Our cab luck overall on the race was not good, but we lucked out during that leg, in particular.
Zev: It sort of made up for it.
Justin: Yeah, it made up for it. We got the best guy in town. He was awesome. He stayed with us and went above and beyond.
Zev: He drove us by his house.
Justin: Yeah, we went by his house. We were really blessed to have him in that situation.
How did it feel to actually win the leg?
Zev: It felt amazing.
Justin: We were on top of the world for those two seconds.
And then what went through your minds when you realized that the passport was missing?
Justin: It felt like we just fell off a cliff.
Zev, did you find your passport?
Zev: I did. Well, I didn't personally find it. Some Cambodian found it and returned it to the embassy. So thank you random Cambodian person.
Justin, you never seemed to think that Zev's Asperger's disease was going to be a problem, so are you proud of the way he performed?
Justin: I couldn't be more proud of him. I knew going into this that he was going to be great. I knew that he wasn't going to have a problem, but I didn't realize that he was going to be so comfortable in so many strange situations that he was going to be such an asset on the race. I really did need him to balance me out along the way. And just seeing what the race has done for him as a person in the few months since we've been back is amazing.
Zev, was Justin a good race partner?
Zev: Eh. [laughs] Yeah, he was great. I couldn't have chosen a better one. I wanted to choose another one, but I found the best one I could have had.
Justin: I was Plan B, by the way.
Zev: I wanted to do it with my dad, but he probably would have died.
Justin: Yeah, I think it's probably better that I went with him.
So would you two do it all over again?
Justin: Yes, we would love to do it again. We are available for booking for All-Stars or any future races. We would be happy to do it.