Challenge puts S.L. father-son team out of comfort zone on 'The Amazing Race'
One of the challenges on “The Amazing Race: All Stars” put the men in the father-son team from Salt Lake City outside out of their comfort zone during Sunday’s episode of the fourth leg of the race around the world and the chance to win $1 million.
“We’re two Mormon boys from Salt Lake City; we don’t spend a lot of time hanging out in bars,” Dave O’Leary said as one of the challenge options was to pour drinks.
Teams started out at Tanjung Aru Water Village in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where they had to go to a nearby park, join members of a native Borneo tribe and jump on a bamboo trampoline to grab a flag adjusted to the height of the jumper.
Because the O’Learys won the last leg of the race, they were first to leave. It’s a tight race and the next teams were just minutes behind them.
In “The Amazing Race,” teams follow clues in yellow and red envelopes, navigating transportation and completing challenges called Road Blocks and Detours along the way to get the next clues. This “All Star” season includes all returning teams.
The last time they ran the race, Dave O’Leary detached his Achilles and another tendon in his left leg while running to the mat on the second leg of the race.
They won the third and fourth legs of the race, but Dave was on crutches and they withdrew from the race on the fifth leg. He had to have surgery to re-attach the tendons and later had physical therapy.
“It’s exciting to be on the fourth leg and actually be running ‘The Amazing Race’ instead of crutching it,” Dave O’Leary, 59, a real estate investor, said.
“We’re in first place and we hope to keep it that way,” said 22-year-old Connor O’Leary, who is a professional cyclist and a University of Utah student.
Dave, 59, is a prostate cancer survivor and Connor, 22, 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.
The O’Learys were the second team to make it to the Road Block challenge, behind brothers and cowboys Cord McCoy, 33, and 34-year-old Jet McCoy of Oklahoma.
Connor O’Leary did the challenge — especially with his father’s leg injury last time — getting it on the first try.
“That was cool. I felt like Big Easy,” Connor said of the Harlem Globetrotter who is in one of the teams on the race.
It took Cord McCoy nearly four dozen times to get the flag. Some of the teams only took a few tries and others a couple dozen.
After getting the flag and the next clue to the race, the teams flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the capital city.
There were three flights to Kuala Lumpur, and three spots were available on the first flight. The O’Learys, the McCoys and the “Afghanimals,” cousins Leo Temory, 27, and Jamal Zadran, 26, were on the flight, which landed just before 10 p.m. The second flight, which was about an hour after the first flight, was delayed by about 50 minutes and it took off and landed about the same time as the third flight.
Once in the capital, they went to the Petronas Twin Towers for their next clue, which was for a Detour challenge.
At the Detour, teams had the choice of “Mix Master” to follow the disc jockey's lead and mimic the record spinning and scratching. The other choice was “Master Mix,” where teams had to pour seven cocktails into a pyramid of glasses at the same time. They were alternating red and yellow drinks, and they couldn’t mix the colors.
“We needed to do ‘Master Mix’ because I have zero rhythm,” Dave said.
But pouring the drinks was more difficult than the teams who tried it thought it would be.
“It was all a matter of the arc of the cups,” Connor said of the moon-shaped positions the glasses need to be in. “I’m moving the glasses too much while I pour, so they are mixing.”
Other teams from the second and third flights started arriving, too, and Connor O’Leary told them honestly that it was difficult — and that they had been at it for two hours.
“You have to be right on for those colors not to mix,” he said later.
It took a couple hours and the McCoys 10 attempts and the O’Learys 12 attempts to get it right.
Their next clue instructed them to go to the Hindu Temple at Batu Caves, which was the Pit Stop for this leg of the race.
The McCoys were first, and they won a trip from Travelocity to London.
The O’Learys were second.
“We just came from three hours in a bar mixing drinks, and it’s quite an unusual place for two Mormon boys from Salt Lake to be,” Dave O’Leary said to host Phil Keoghan at the Pit Stop.
Cousins Temory and Zadran switched to the music Detour and were in the practice booth when several of the other teams started showing up.
Two other teams, newlyweds Brendon Villegas, 33, and Rachel Reilly, 30, who was once a cocktail waitress, and mother-son team Margie O’Donnell, 56, and Luke Adams, 28, who is deaf, tried to pour the drinks in the pyramid of glasses, and it took them more than two dozen tries each.
And they got increasingly frustrated, especially as the teams who were DJ'ing completed the challenge (it took some of them multiple times) and left the bar.
“You can never give up in ‘The Amazing Race,’ ” Reilly said. The pair ended up praying before successfully pouring the drinks.
Reilly and Villegas ended up being last to the mat at the Pit Stop. But Keoghan had a surprise for them — this wasn’t an elimination leg, so they are still in the race.
“The Amazing Race” airs Sunday evenings on CBS.
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