Marriage and a baby on the way: Chad and Stephanie have much to celebrate despite ‘Race’ exit
With a marriage to celebrate and a baby on the way, being eliminated from ‘The Amazing Race’ is the last thing on Chad and Stephanie’s minds.
“We really have taken a turn in our lives. We’re super psyched, there’s so much going on,” Stephanie tells CTV.ca over the phone.
That’s not to say that the couple, who got engaged on the previous leg of the ‘Race,’ wasn’t upset about it at the time.
Chad and Stephanie were U-turned by doctors Nat and Kat in Bangladesh, meaning they would have to complete both tasks in the Roadblock.
The couple was able to complete the extra task quickly and arrived at the next challenge – assembling a rickshaw – while a couple of the other teams, including Nat and Kat, were still there. Chad took it as an opportunity to try and throw Nat off her game by making comments like ‘How's that PhD helping you? Big smart doctor can't put a bicycle together?’
“It was a play that I tried to slow them up even more so we could catch up. I tried to get in her head as much as I could. You didn’t really see (it on air) but she said, ‘Good luck’ and I said, ‘Good luck’ right back,” says Chad.
Even though Chad and Stephanie were still the last to arrive and were eliminated, they say there weren't any hard feelings against Nat and Kat because the couple would’ve done the same to the doctors if they’d had the chance.
Chad also commented during the show that even though he and Stephanie didn’t win the million dollars, he felt like a very rich man.
“I think I was nervous even going into the ‘Race’ if we did lose how I would feel, if I would truly be upset at Stephanie, but … I could honestly say I was walking away happy,” says Chad.
He adds that after being accepted to go on the ‘Race,’ he knew he wanted to propose somewhere along the way, but not knowing where they would be next made it difficult to plan.
When they were forced to stay overnight outside along the beautiful Arabian Sea coastline in Oman, Chad knew he had found the perfect spot. He got down on one knee the next morning, just as the sun was coming up.
“He knows that I love the Middle East and … he just picked the perfect time because it was just the most scenic engagement ever,” says Stephanie.
The couple also finished the leg in first place, making it a perfect end to a leg that started anything but.
The couple had slept in a day earlier in St. Petersburg, Russia, and missed their departure time by two hours. It could have been a costly mistake but the team was able to score a flight to Oman that got them in only 10 minutes after the other teams.
“Chad and I agreed that this was both of our faults and we needed to just move on and rebound from this and see how we were going to get ahead. We wiped the slate clean and moved on from there and in my opinion, (the leg) got continuously better and better,” says Stephanie with a laugh.
Even though the couple was able to turn a negative experience into a positive one that day, there were also plenty of tense moments between them during the ‘Race.’ Chad and Stephanie say it was tough to re-live that when the episodes aired, but they were also able to laugh at it.
“There were some apologies that were made and almost a little bit of therapy to apologize again and then re-watch and laugh it off as well, especially at myself, just how ridiculous I was sometimes,” says Chad.
Stephanie says running the ‘Race’ was the perfect thing to do to prepare for marriage.
“Oh my gosh, Chad and I joke it’s like international therapy,” she says with a laugh.
“It strengthened us to the nth degree,” adds Chad. “For me, it broke me of always wanting to be the decision maker and always wanting things to go my way … it definitely taught me a little more patience and to step back and know that, ‘Hey I can’t just sit there and throw everything aside for a goal (of winning a million dollars).’”
The couple was married on Nov. 20, 2010, the day before their elimination aired on TV, and they’re now expecting a baby next June.
With everything else going on in their lives, they don’t have any plans to do another reality show – at least for now.
“Who knows what’s in the future? We’re just taking it one day at a time,” says Stephanie.