Fishing, sewing help put Salt Lake father-son team in first on 'The Amazing Race'

Published: Monday, March 24 2014 4:40 p.m. MDT

Once in Galle at the coconut stand, they had a Detour and a choice between two challenges. One was “Fishing Pole,” where teams had to swim out to poles in the surf and catch a fish and put it in their bag while perched on the stilts. Each team member had to catch a fish before moving on.

The other challenge was “Spin Control,” where teams had to learn a folk dance and perform it while holding spinning raban discs.

The O’Learys picked “Fishing Pole,” along with the McCoys and engaged couple John Erck, 28, and Jessica Hoel, 27, of Minnesota.

“I will take credit for catching the first fish,” Connor O’Leary said.

“And I will take credit for having taught Connor how to fish,” his father said. They were the first team to have both members catch a fish.

At “Spin Control,” Harlem Globetrotters’ Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, 37, and Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, 32, did the dance without dropping any of the discs on their first try and were the first ones to complete the challenge. The other teams took at least two attempts to complete the dance.

Teams then went to Trendy Connections Garment Factory, where they had a Road Block challenge that included one team member sewing a button-up shirt with a collar.

Connor O’Leary decided to do the challenge. They were given all of the fabric already cut.

“This is going to be a rough roadblock,” he said. “I took sewing in junior high and that’s about the extent of my ability.”

That was apparently more experience than was had by some of the other teams' members who also did the challenge.

“It’s worse than a puzzle because all of the puzzle pieces are moving,” Jet McCoy said.

“I am way lost,” Connor O’Leary said at one point as he consulted the demonstration. “Where’s my mom?”

He had to fix one area around the collar before it was approved and the location of their next stop — the Colombo Rowing Club — was printed on the front.

He was the first to finish. Country singers Caroline Cutbirth, 30, and Jennifer Wayne, 31, weren’t far behind him.

The O’Learys were first to the mat and high-fived each other when host Phil Keoghan told them they were first and had won $5,000 each.

“You’ve just completed your fifth leg, and you’re staying,” Keoghan said.

Keoghan tweeted: “A much better leg 5 for Dave and Connor … and no hopping! Standing strong.”

Because Villegas and Reilly were last in the fourth leg but weren’t eliminated, they had a Speed Bump to complete. It included screen printing the last part of the Sri Lankan flag perfectly on 15 shirts.

O’Donnell and Adams were the last to the mat and were eliminated.

“The Amazing Race” airs Sunday evenings on CBS.

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