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The Amazing Race Winners Talk About Their Victory

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Fresh off a victory in The Amazing Race: All Stars, Eric and Danielle sat down with Reality TV World to discuss their victory. While the couple is no longer dating, they still get along well ...

Reality TV World: How does it feel to be the winners of The Amazing Race: All-Stars considering you both never raced as teammates before?
Danielle: It's pretty amazing, huh?
Eric: I'm not sure what it says, if it makes a good case for either way, you know? I didn't really know what to expect. I'm sure the other teams didn't know what to do with us as a team. They had never seen us race before.

Reality TV World: How did it feel when you crossed the finish line?
Danielle: Shock...
Eric: Disbelief...
Danielle: ... being so thankful that it's over. We couldn't believe it. We really were shocked. It's an exciting thing. You don't even know how to react honestly. You want to cry -- but then you're like so excited -- and all these things are going through your head. It's crazy.

Amazing Race All-Stars Reality TV World: How do you think your old Season 9 partners feel about it?
Danielle: I'm sure [her The Amazing Race 9 partner Dani Torchio] was maybe a little jealous, but she never really told me that. When we talked she was very supportive of [Eric and I]. She was happy for me the whole time, so I'm sure she was a little upset but she never told me that.
Eric: [His The Amazing Race 9 partner Jeremy Ryan] was happy at that point. But I'm sure... I know he's a little upset because we did a really good job on our season and I know he wanted to be there and I just felt like he deserved it. You know, happy but sad.

Reality TV World: How about the other teams? Did they voice any complaints that a team that had never raced together before got to compete in All-Stars?
Eric: Not to our faces.
Danielle: Yeah, not to our faces. I'm sure they had their opinions.
Eric: I'm sure some of the teams... I don't think we had any kind of an advantage or anything at all, by any means. I think actually it was probably a disadvantage because the other teams already knew how to work together and Danielle and I had no clue. Obviously there's a lot of friction there so... It just turned out we got a little luckier than some of the other people.

Reality TV World: Eric were you surprised at how Danielle's gossiping paid off for your team during the final challenge?
Eric: You know what? Actually, it was kind of fitting just how it all came down to it. I felt like throughout the first part of the race, I was doing a lot of the work and she was, you know, holding her own but I was making most of the decisions.
Danielle: He's lying. It's all me! It's all me!
Eric: I did all the driving and all the map work. She was just kind of following behind me and as it came down to it, if she wouldn't have talked so much, then we wouldn't have won. So she gets as much credit as anybody for how we did.

Reality TV World: How long were you at All-Stars finish line before second-place finishers Dustin Seltzer and Kandice Pelletier arrived?
Danielle: About 10 minutes.
Eric: Ten minutes or so. It felt like longer. I don't know. Maybe 10 or 15 minutes. Maybe it wasn't that long, but...
Danielle: About that long...
Eric: ... it felt like a long time.

Reality TV World: Going into the twelfth leg and having been the only All-Stars team to be Yielded, how did you like your chances of winning the entire race? Did you feel like underdogs?
Eric: Well in the last leg we felt... Once we were there, we felt like we could actually win. Up until then, as we were getting pulled off of airplanes, missing flights, getting pulled off of standby, Yielded...
Danielle: Yeah, I mean we were definitely underdogs. It was ridiculous. There were times when we thought we weren't going to win, and you know we'd get back into the game. Up until the last second, we didn't know.
Eric: I thought it was like every time we made some ground up and caught back up, something else would happen and we'd get hosed.
Danielle: Hosed...

Reality TV World: Danielle, why so much trouble with the GPS during the twelfth leg's Roadblock?
Danielle: Did it look like I had some trouble with it?

Reality TV World: Yeah it did.
Danielle (laughing): Oh you mean [when] I had a nervous breakdown? Oh... okay. You know what it was, we knew that was like the last leg before the Top 3 and my biggest fear this whole race was having all the pressure on me... like, [to] do a lot of Roadblocks. So I guess it was like doing it, I'm not really good with directions as it is, and then having all the pressure of knowing if I messed up it was all on me. I think it was both those things going through my head that made me freak out. Directions definitely aren't my thing and apparently even when an arrow's pointing in the direction I still can't follow it. I need to waste money on a Tom-Tom or a GPS system for my car (laughing).

Reality TV World: What was it like seeing your photo at the eleventh leg's Yield, the second time in All-Stars you were Yielded?
Eric: Honestly, that was like the most surprised we were the whole race. The reason being is [All-Stars' fourth-place finishers Ozwald Mendez and Danilo Jimenez] and [All-Stars third-place finishers Charla Baklayan Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan] had made in agreement with us in Malaysia not to Yield each other. We'd only Yield the blonds [Dustin and Kandice]. It wasn't even our idea... it was the other teams.

Reality TV World: Yeah, I think I remember Mirna approaching you guys about that.
Danielle: Yeah.
Eric: When that happened, we felt really, really betrayed by Danny and Ozwald because it's hard to make friends on the race and we actually felt like they were our friends.
Danielle: And then they back-stabbed us.
Eric: They stabbed us in the back. You now they can say they had their reasons, but Charla and Mirna offered them money, they said, "Oh we already have money." They could have given the money back to Dustin and Kandice.
Danielle: They could have given the money back.
Eric: They could have begged for money, which you're allowed to do, whether you're a guy or girl you can beg. We originally got some money when we were kind of low on funds. It felt really personal. You know, maybe it's strategy but if you shake my hand and say you're not going to do something -- then don't do it -- because I wouldn't do it to you.

Reality TV World: Eric, you commented during the ninth leg that if you and Danielle couldn't win you'd want Ozzy and Danny to win. What was you relationship with Danny and Ozzy like both before and after the eleventh leg's Yield?
Eric: Before the Yield, I counted Danny and Oswald as friends...
Danielle: Absolutely...
Eric: I really liked them. I thought they were awesome. I thought they were hilarious... you know, two really cool guys. Afterwards, I mean honestly, it was like they were dead to me. The fact they didn't even say anything -- come up to us at a Pit Stop -- and actually say anything like, "Guys, we're sorry... whatever."
Danielle: Yeah, they didn't even like apologize to us.
Eric: If it was me, I felt like they should have approached us and said whatever, I mean I would have been pissed and yelled at them probably. But you know what? If you did something wrong then I think it's up to you to man-up and apologize. They chose not to so I chose to not really talk to them anymore.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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