Returning to home soil for the fifth leg of Amazing Race
, Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson maintained grace under pressure. Despite being the first to leave from the Statue of Mercy at Macau towards the Canada , all competitors boarded the plane at the same time. This took away the advantage of being in first. When the plane landed at Hong Kong Airport , they should have been given a 15 minute head start. Vancouver
Before boarding the plane, Spooner and Mikkelson had to make the decision of which team they would allocate their
to. The hockey heroes would show loyalty to the French Canadian twins, Pierre and Michel. Of note, they assisted them in Macau in helping to locate the vendor on Express Pass Happiness Street in Macau that would provide them with their next clue.
Unfortunately, a mix-up in finding the dog tags for the competing dogs supplied a setback for Spooner and Mikkelson. As teams had to untangle said tags, Among a group of competitors that had to return to the cabin to look up the names of the competing dogs, the hockey heroes were included.
Despite the setback, only one team enjoyed any significant time advantage. Of note, another team could not place the tags on the dogs, while another team had their dogs run away. It would not take long for the hockey heroes to get back into contention. Even with Spooner falling out of the sled, her skills as a world class hockey player resulted in quickly running across the frozen surface and returning to the sled.
Attempting to climb into first, the final leg of the race consisted of rowing down the Yukon River towards the pit stop. Of note, the pair that was in first were struggling miserably to not only carry their canoe through the forest, but had difficulty navigating the river. Sadly, no comeback was to occur for the hockey heroes. Mikkelson was still struggling to recover from a broken wrist that plagued her at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Therefore, carrying the canoe was a difficult task.
Upon arrival at the Pit Stop, the hockey heroes were in third place. Another team had overtaken them, while engaging in a little trash talking. Saying “Hello Girls” in a sarcastic tone, the two have become villains on the show. Unfortunately, their third place finish was part of a sad day for Canadian women in sport. Of note, Eugenie Bouchard lost a tennis match in her hometown of
while the Canadian Under-20 women’s soccer team lost their opening match of the FIFA U20 World Cup (on home soil no less). Montreal
Through it all, the hockey heroes showed tremendous poise, not succumbing to the petty jealousies and trash talking that occurred. Considering that so many teams worry about avoiding last place, the hockey heroes possess so much physical and mental strength that they are always contending for first place.