It was a tense night for Hamilton, Ont. brothers Gino and Jesse Montani as they raced around Vancouver for the final leg of The Amazing Race Canada. Thanks to some tough navigating moments during a map-reading challenge and some tough aerial stunts that could have landed them in hot water, it was a close call between them and wrestlers Nick Foti and Matt Giunta for the first place finish.
But in the end it was brotherly love that took the cake, $250,000, a year’s worth of travel and a lifetime of free gas home as the winners of The Amazing Race Canada Season 3.
After spending an entire season asking the eliminated teams what went wrong during the race, we decided to ask the winners what went right.
All season long we’ve been asking teams about Jon’s poker face during their eliminations — what was it like hearing from him that you had won?
Gino: Jon Montgomery is the best host, ever. Like ever. He’s just so well-rounded. I wish he could run the race. Seeing him was a sign of relief and excitement. It was every emotion going through my mind, ever. It was just crazy to see Jon, knowing the accomplishment we just did.
What would you say was your luckiest break?
Gino: Probably the first episode, when we got the lock on the fourth try, that was pretty lucky. A lot of teams took 30, 40 attempts.
Jesse: That was pretty lucky but I actually disagree. In Halifax, when we couldn’t find the flag and we were driving past the bridge I looked out the window and I saw it from a distance.
Gino: Yeah that was probably the luckiest we got.
What was it about your relationship that really worked to win this thing?
Gino: Being brothers and being raised by a single mom, you’re forced to always stick together, even when times are tough. We stuck together through thick and thin. We’re close — we don’t hold things back. You see us getting into a few arguments on the show…
Jesse: Of course we are, we’re brothers. But at least we air it out. We say how we feel rather than let it soak inside and build up and maybe not say what you really feel. That could be a downfall. At least we say what we feel. We get it out in the open, resolved the issue and move on.
Was there ever a moment when you were ready to throw in the towel?
Gino: There was not even a second. Not even a chance.
Jesse: Not a chance.
Gino: And I know Jesse would never give up. It’s just not the way we were raised. Not a lot of people get this opportunity. It meant so much to us that we weren’t willing to give it up for anything.
Where will you travel first?
Jesse: We need a good party, but we want a beach. So we were thinking Barcelona, Spain.
Gino: We had a list, if we won the race, of places that we’d want to go. Just for fun we made a list. We put places where you’d never really have an opportunity to go. Thailand, Australia, Hawaii, a few others. We’re excited.
Jesse: South Africa!
Will you take all the trips together or will you do some separately as well?
Jesse: We’re going to do them together. We’ll have an open door policy to any of our friends that want to join the trip, but we’re definitely going to go together.
Had you not won, is there any other team you would have been cool with them winning?
Gino: Realistically, I think the most deserving team other than us would have been Nick and Matt. They were always up there and they brought their A game almost every single leg of the race. Yeah, we got into it a few times with them, but we respect them.
Even Brent and Sean. They ran a good race. People called them the underdogs or whatever but they were ruthless. They weren’t afraid to get dirty. They were in it to win.
Why do you think a lady hasn’t won this thing yet?
Jesse: Out of all fairness, the hockey girls dominated last season. I think they should have won. It comes down to one thing, and they messed up. That’s the reality of the race and it sucks to be in that position, but you gotta persevere even in the finale. That’s the race.