Words of wisdom from the elders

2010-04-17 15:07

The oldest couple to enter the Amazing Race share their wisdom about the toughest race in the world:

Do you think your age may work against you?
Ron: We embrace life. Marcy is 60, I’m going to be 60, but we still have fun, we engage with each other in positive ways; we just like to do things!

Marcy: People think you can’t have fun after a certain age. We still have fun. I mean, I’m too young to stop having fun. Ron may get a little nervous if he can’t get to a toilet at the right time of day, but still . . . I’m just teasing!

What makes you good contenders for the million dollars on the Amazing Race?
Ron: We just hope that the rest of the competition just views us as under the radar screen; that they think “oh, the old couple, they’ll never succeed, don’t worry about them” – and we’re just ­going to be very consistent.

Marcy: I think I will have an advantage, especially with the cab drivers, because in order to communicate well with people you need to be nice and to be able to speak their language, and I speak fluent French and not bad Italian and pretty good Spanish and then some key phrases in Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

How are you going to treat the competition?
Ron: We’ve had the conversation about how we’re going to treat our fellow competitors on the Race, and I think that our strategy is really to keep ourselves focused and methodical and disciplined and pleasant and nice and not be purposefully malicious to anyone.

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