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The Amazing Race Finale

The Amazing Race Finale - History could be made on "The Amazing Race."
For the first time in the show's nine years, a female pairing could win the $1 million prize. The odds are in the women's favor: Two of the three final teams are females.

The season finale airs 8 p.m. EST Sunday on CBS.

The final three teams consist of Jill Haney and Thomas Wolford, who are dating; Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin, best friends and shopping-network hosts; and Nat Strand and Kat Chang, longtime friends and doctors.

Many fans are favoring Strand and Chang to win. They have emerged as front-runners for being resilient, athletic, intelligent and, most of all, respectful -- not exactly the descriptions applied to most "Race" contestants. Most of the time, people on the show love to bicker with each other and yell at foreign taxi drivers.

Roberts and Champlin have endeared themselves for being spunky -- though they've had some image problems to overcome. In the season opener, Champlin was smacked in the face with a watermelon during a challenge. Roberts was empathetic but told her teammate to carry on. After all, it's a game, and they need to move along.

Once the clip of that moment hit YouTube, Roberts said she was vilified. "I have never been called the B-word so much in my entire life," she said of the public outcry to the clip. "It got to the point where I unplugged my phone. I stopped going onto the Internet.

"I wouldn't do anything. It's a bit overwhelming because [I] perceive [myself] as a strong, independent, dedicated person. I am being vilified. I am a compassionate person."

The Amazing Race Finale


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