When The Amazing Race Canada started, who out there actually thought Mickey Henry and Pete Schmalz stood a chance of winning? Anyone? (Crickets…) The Muskoka, Ont., hippies seemed to be in it for the sheer fun of running around the world giving everyone hugs, and never really seemed to care too much if they were eliminated so long as they had fun, and ran it together. In the end, that’s exactly what they did, and while they might not have won one single leg the entire time they were on the actual race, they wound up nailing the one that mattered and finished at the top of the game.
Ladies, that means we’ve got two very eligible bachelors out there looking for love (as they so often admitted on screen) with (gas) money and a year’s worth of free flights burning holes in their cargo pockets. But cars, cash and airfare aside, there are plenty of reasons these dudes would make most-excellent boyfriends. “Before yesterday we couldn’t even afford girlfriends,” Mickey jokes. “Girls actually talk to us now. It’s sweet.” Let’s consider the evidence why:
They’re the nicest, rawest guys you’ll ever meet
“Mickey is like, the nicest,” Pete raves. “I’ve known him since I was like … two? And I don’t think I’ve ever heard him say anything bad about anyone.”
Welp it’s been a weird and wonderful ride and we’re stoked that we could share our journey with all of our fans…. http://t.co/1Lw0dFsnlV
— mickeyandpete (@mickeyandpete) September 21, 2014
— Amazing Race Canada (@AmazingRaceCDA) September 18, 2014
They’ll make you smile
“I like to make people laugh, it’s always a good feeling,” Mickey says.
“I don’t like to see anybody down!” adds Pete.
Love taking selfies? No problem. These guys are down and will clearly be able to help you up your traditional duck-face game.
With faces like those, it’s actually no surprise these guys are fighting off the babes.
They’re sick of bridesmaids
At first glance, you might think these guys aren’t ready to settle down, but it’s actually the opposite.
They’re in touch with their feminine sides
“We used to have mushroom cuts when we were really young,” Mickey explains when asked about their choice to don long hair. “It’s so much easier to be an idiot with long hair!”
“I kind of go back and forth,” Pete adds. “I used to have long hair and then shave a mullet and rock a mullet for a while. And shave my head and go bald and grow it back again.”
If you do live together, we guarantee you’ll never fight about your hair clogging the drain again.
They’re in it for the long-haul
In terms of relationship advice, they know that slow and steady wins the race.
Which is why you can pretty much trust them with your life
They’re freaking cute
As for physical attraction, these dudes are surprisingly athletic…
…Which you know translates in the bedroom.
And as we all know by now, they’re always ready to get down.
They’re pretty grounded
Sorry ladies, if you’re looking for someone to take you out for dinner and a movie, it won’t be these guys. But if you’re down for more Muskoka-based activities? Well line up!
“It takes a certain type of girl who will go fishing.” Pete considers. “One time, I caught … so I caught a huge bass. The line snapped and it was my best lure. And so 10 minutes later, I had tied another one, the fish jumped out of the water and spit the lure back into my boat.”
“I almost drowned spear-fishing once,” Mickey adds. “We had this huge red snapper and I was like with my all-time man buddy who could hold his breath for minutes. He cornered the snapper and got it into this cave, shot it and waved me down to hold it so that it wouldn’t get away and we could have dinner. I held my breath for like 30 seconds and I was pooped. And he was just up there fixing his goggles. I’m down there inhaling water, but I couldn’t let it go because it was like dinner, right? Luckily he came back down and saved me. And we ate it. It was delicious.”
Basically you’re going to have to try and get in there as soon as possible, since their online fan base is already pretty rabid.
— Dave Kerrigan (@upinchapelhill) September 16, 2014
— mcsus (@KATI3MCLEOD) August 26, 2014
They don’t always need to win
But we suggest bringing them an actual gold medal to get their attention…
…Just be prepared for a participatory hug of thanks instead.
— Amazing Race Canada (@AmazingRaceCDA) August 27, 2014
They make awesome friends
“I think we had to be best friends because of geographical convenience, you know?” Mickey explains. “We really only had each other to hang out with.”
Wouldn’t it just be awesome to just chill with these guys?
It would be pretty much impossible for any gal to break up THIS bromance.
“We just want to thank all our fans out there for supporting us,” they wrap. “It felt really good to have so many people give us so much love, like all the kids and stuff. It was really awesome. We’re glad we could make everyone proud that was cheering for us.”