The sister team on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” failed to find a clue in a haystack, eliminating them from the race around the world.
Kristy, 26, and Lena Jensen, 23, were the third of nine remaining teams to arrive at a challenge at a rural Swedish farm, where team members were assigned to find a clue by unraveling a series of 200-pound hay bales. After an eight-hour search, Lena never gave up — or found the clue.
“I just felt like I didn’t have any option to quit,” Lena told The Associated Press Wednesday. “I knew how much Kristy sacrificed to do the ‘Amazing Race.’ I think I mentally checked out about an hour into it.”
“It was heart-wrenching seeing all the other teams we passed then seeing them pass us,” said Kristy.
Breaking protocol, “Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan went to the challenge site to inform the Utah sisters they had been eliminated from the race. Usually, contestants rush to meet Keoghan at his “Amazing Race” mat at a predetermined pit stop.
“It was very dramatic to see Phil,” said Kristy, who was at the farm until after dusk. “We didn’t see him coming in. Ultimately, we just wanted to find that stupid clue.”
The religious background of Mormons Kristy and Lena, one of the few teams who didn’t have an on-screen spat, was notably — and expectedly — featured during their time on the show.
“We were a little worried about being dubbed the Mormon sisters,” Kristy told the AP. “Lena and I are not the traditional type of Mormons. We’re used to being misfits in the state we live. But in this situation, everyone else was the misfits.”