Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka appeared to be unstoppable when the fourth leg of The Amazing Race 14 kicked off. But, when the young couple got to Siberia and realized that another team had taken advantage of a new twist in the game — the blind U-turn — their hopes of winning the race were quickly dashed. "We were working really well together, but at that moment everything fell apart," Kris tells In Touch. Even more upsetting was finding out that their friends Margie and Luke were the team that U-turned them. "We were completely shocked," Amanda tells In Touch. "We definitely felt like it was a low blow," adds Kris.
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What was your first impression of Siberia?
Kris: It was cold and everyone there drank a lot. In the airports, you'd see people drinking booze at 5 in the morning!
Amanda: That's one of the first things we noticed.
Kris: Also, the people were really nice everywhere we went. It was a very interesting culture to see.
Did you drink with them?
Amanda: No, no no.
Kris: All we wanted to drink was water at that point.
How did you feel when you found out that Margie and Luke were the team that U-turned you?
Amanda: We were completely shocked. We didn't find out until a week later, when the next eliminated team showed up at elimination station and they set the record straight and told us who had done it. We were totally stunned.
Kris: We definitely felt like it was a low blow.
I guess they felt threatened by you.
Kris: If you noticed when they put the picture of us up on the U-turn board, Luke did comment about us being really strong. So, I think that was their motivation for doing that. And they also wanted to make sure that Cara and Jaime would get through the wood task. I guess they U-turned us because they were looking out for the redheads.
They knew that you two would win if they didn't stop you.
Kris: We felt that way, too. We were working really well together and it just seemed like at that moment everything fell apart.
Did running the race bring you closer together as a couple?
Amanda: I definitely think it did. I mean having that shared experience will always be with us. This is something we can tell our children and grandchildren about some day.
Kris: Yeah, when she graduates and I get a job, we'll definitely start talking about getting married.