Friday, February 6, 2009
Deaf Contestant on the next Amazing Race
The Amazing Race begins again on February 15th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. Central). I'm very excited that this season features Luke, a 22 year old deaf contestant, running with Margie, his hearing mother. On their bio page at the CBS website it says "Luke hopes to be a role-model for deaf people everywhere while proving that the deaf can do just about anything and to never think otherwise."
The website also has an interview video where the pair discuss (Margie signs as she speaks and interprets her son's responses in ASL) their team strengths. I loved their comment, "We can strategize in front of other teams. They won't know what we're saying." That should be fun to watch!
Luke is a huge fan of the show and is very knowledgeable about how the race works. His mother Margie comments in the interview video that he will be good at reading the clues and remembering every part of them. Last season's racers struggled with that crucial part of their performance so I think that bodes well for this team.
I'll see you at the starting line to cheer on Luke and Margie!