Despite starting off the leg of the race with a serious disadvantage, Nick DeCarlo and his teammate/girlfriend, Vicki Casciola, kept their spirits up through the end. "We stayed positive and were hoping for the best. You never know what is going to happen," Vicki tells In Touch. The team, who started off their final leg in South Korea with a six-hour penalty due to an earlier struggle in Hong Kong, left on a flight to Seoul a whopping nine hours after the other three teams. Despite their obvious slim chance of making the final round, "Vicki and I went into it saying we'd have the best time," Nick tells In Touch. Now, more than two years into their relationship, the sometimes-combative couple is stronger than ever. "We definitely get along much better. We understand each other, and are more of a team," Nick says. With Nick and Vicki's elimination, three teams remain in the fight for the million dollar-prize on the CBS travel competition series' 17th season finale, airing December 12 at 8 p.m.