Father-and-daughter duo Gus and Hera McLeod couldn’t row, row, row a boat on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” fast enough, making them the fifth team eliminated in the sixth edition of the race around the world.
Gus, 50, and Hera, 24, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that their downfall on the sixth leg of the race began when Hera was knocked in the head by a pivoting gate at the Heritage Rail Museum in Budapest, Hungary. All seven teams were gathered at the barrier in a melee to reach the next clue.
“I think I was in a state of shock,” Hera told the AP. “I was dizzy and disoriented. And then we pulled the last number. All I could think was that we’re in trouble.”
Fellow competitor and model Freddy Holliday, who was also hit, accused the other remaining teams of pulling the metal gate down on him and threatened “one of you I will break in half.”
“I was really upset,” said Gus. “Here my daughter might have a concussion and Freddy is screaming about getting his face cut. I guess that’s an incident for a model.”
At the next challenge, the McLeods were the only team to choose paddling a boat on the Danube River instead of scoring a goal against a Hungarian water polo player.
“We had no idea that the national team was so terrible,” said Hera. “They didn’t block one shot. If I would have known that, I would’ve said, ‘Dad, put a Speedo on. We’re playing water polo.”’