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Salt Lake father-son team wins 9th leg of 'The Amazing Race'

Published: Tuesday, April 29 2014 11:05 a.m. MDT

At the Pit Start, Salt Lake father/son team Dave, left, and Connor O'Leary must take the train from Orvieto, Italy, to Chiasso, Switzerland, on the all-star edition of "The Amazing Race" on Sunday, April 27, on CBS.

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Salt Lake father-son team Dave and Connor O’Leary won the ninth leg of CBS’ “The Amazing Race: All Stars” after racing through Switzerland, including cleaning trashed hotel rooms, delivering milk and riding gondolas up snow-capped mountains during Sunday’s episode.

This season includes returning teams racing around the world for $1 million in a competition that involves following clues in yellow and red envelopes, navigating transportation and completing challenges called Road Blocks and Detours along the way.

The O’Learys, who are both cancer survivors, were the fourth of the five remaining teams to start in the Italian countryside, drive to Rome, take a train to Chiasso, Switzerland, and then drive to Altdorf.

Dave O’Leary, 59, a real estate investor, and his son, 22-year-old Connor O’Leary, who is a professional cyclist and a University of Utah student, were still pretty upset that newlyweds Brendon Villegas, 33, and Rachel Reilly, 30, had U-Turned them during the previous leg, forcing them to do both Detour challenges.

Villegas and Reilly won the last leg of the race and left first, and the O’Learys, country singers Caroline Cutbirth, 30, and Jennifer Wayne, 31, and the "Afghanimals," cousins Leo Temory, 27, and Jamal Zadran, 26, got on the train just before it left.

The three teams decided to form a final-three alliance, calling it the “Accidental Alliance” and doing what they could to help each other beat the “Brenchels” of Villegas and Reilly.

They arrived in snowy Altdorf during a parade and found the statue of Tell with instructions to come at sunrise.

Brothers and cowboys Cord McCoy, 33, and 34-year-old Jet McCoy, of Oklahoma, ended up on a later train and made it to the statue during the night, catching up with the rest of the teams.

All five teams were there the next morning with a man dressed like Tell showing up to give them their next clues to Lucerne and the Chapel Bridge, the oldest bridge in Europe.

Temory was driving ahead of the teams in the Accidental Alliance and the McCoys, leading the group to the bridge, which had a clue leading to Hotel Schweizerhof, where they had to perfectly clean a room trashed by a rocker.

Villegas and Reilly thought they were first to the bridge, but they went to the wrong one, and it took time for them to find the right one and get the clue.

The teams had to change into uniforms and get cleaning supplies.

“Helga, the room inspector, is not taking anything less than perfection,” Dave O’Leary said.

Teams had an example room to look at and replicate, including flowers, fruit bowls, the angle of the lights and toilet paper.

The first time the O'Learys called for a room check, it was the bathroom tissue box that kept them from a perfect room.

“It was much tougher than we anticipated,” Connor said.

It took the teams multiple times to get it right.

“Anyone can win but Brenden and Rachel,” Dave said as they completed the challenge and left the hotel.

The cowboys left first and were instructed to go to the Swiss Museum of Transport, where they had to identify the artifact outside — which was a drill bit used to create the world’s longest tunnel.

The cowboys got it right on the first try, thanks to a television show Jet McCoy had seen, and the teams went to the Ford Mustang exhibit, where they had to use clues on the road signs and a formula in their clue to calculate the year of a Ford Mustang. Mustangs have been in production now for 50 years.

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