Despite injuries, Salt Lake father-son team chalks up another win on 'The Amazing Race'
Utahns and father-son team Dave and Connor O’Leary won the fourth leg of the race that took them through Bali, Indonesia, in Sunday evening’s episode as the 58-year-old continued on crutches.
Dave O’Leary had detached muscles, including his Achilles tendon, in his leg while running near the end of the second leg of the race in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
The pair won the third leg of the race through host Phil Keoghan’s home country of New Zealand.
“Dave, you’re not giving up?” host Keoghan asked as he handed them their clue at the Pit Stop in New Zealand and the race immediately continued to Bali.
“We’re not giving up,” said Dave O’Leary. “My leg has gotten progressively more painful. It’s not how I envisioned running ‘The Amazing Race’.”
Dating couple and surfers John Erck and Jessica Hoel were in second place at the Pit Stop and possibly made “Amazing Race” history Sunday when they were eliminated at the end of Sunday’s episode with an unused Express Pass.
They won two Express Passes on the first leg of the race and were in an alliance with several other teams that the second team in their group would get the second pass. The O’Learys were second from the alliance the cross the finish line on that leg the race. Erck and Hoel were initially a little hesitant to give the O’Learys the second Express Pass, but when Dave O’Leary was injured, Erck and Hoel gave the Express Pass to them at the beginning of the third leg when the teams were en route to New Zealand and the O’Learys used the Express Pass in New Zealand.
Dave is prostate cancer survivor and 21-year-old Connor is a testicular cancer survivor and both are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Holladay 25th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake.
“Rip it, read it and keep racing,” Keoghan told married couple Chuck and Wynona McCall, who were ninth and last team to the New Zealand Pit Stop but not eliminated as the race was still going.
The O’Learys were on the first flight to Indonesia, going through Perth, Australia, with newlyweds Max and Katie Bichler, country singers, Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle and friends Winnie Sung and Pam Chien.
Three other teams where on the second flight and two other teams were on a third flight, both of which had different layovers and came in a few hours later.
In Bali, teams had to get to the Monkey Forest and they had to have a monkey open a coconut with a clue inside. The clue took them to a Detour where they either had to help haul river bottom sand for bricks in “Sandy Bottom” or “Fruity Top,” to prepare an elaborate religious offering that was a specific fruit arrangement.
The O’Learys picked “Fruity Top” along with the other three teams that were on their flight and most of the other teams in the race.
Sung and Chien pointed to their set-making skills as helping with the challenge. YouTube channel hosts Joey Graceffa, who was pretty amusing when he talked to the monkeys at the Monkey Forest, and Meghan Camarena said their abilities to make costumes from just looking at a picture helped them. Chuck McCall’s taxidermy skils did come in handy, too.
Only roller derby moms Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere went to “Sandy Bottom” first.
Anthony and Bates Battaglia, who are brothers and professional hockey players, had a lost taxi driver who didn’t know where the “Sandy Bottom” challenge was, so they went to “Fruity Top.”
The O’Leary's taxi driver knew where they were going at each section of the race and cyclist Connor O’Leary carried both of their bags and pushed his father through the airports as they raced.
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