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Monday, March 1, 2010

Alumnus still alive in 'The Amazing Race'

Sunday night, it was off to Argentina for Emory alumnus Jordan Pious 09B on the third episode of CBS’ The Amazing Race, a reality game show where 11 two-person teams race around the world in hopes of winning the first-place prize of $1,000,000. Jordan (on the right) and his older brother Dan have teamed up to try their chances in the 16th season of The Race.

A native of Barrington, R.I., 22-year-old Pious has been working as a strategic consultant in Atlanta since graduating from the Goizueta Business School with high distinction in May 2009.
Now just weeks into the competition, the brothers are still in the running for the grand prize.

The Race, which started in Los Angeles, sends the competitors off with clues to lead them to their next destinations in locales around the world. The teams face challenges at every step of the way, including detours, roadblocks, and u-turns.

On leg three, the nine remaining teams trekked across the Andes from last week’s pit stop in Peurto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina. Once there, they had to drive a car to an old saloon, where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once hid as outlaws.

But the Pious brothers ran into a problem—the car was a stick shift. And neither of them could drive a stick shift.

Next, the competitors must win a round of five-card stud against the Travelocity Roaming Gnome to get the next clue. The brothers easily won their poker hand, and dashed off to the roadblock challenge.

In the roadblock, teams had to rope a bale of hay with a fake steer's head attached from 18-feet away and then pull it to them for their next clue. Dan tackled this, quickly roping the steer, and they were off with directions to their next cue.

The brothers stopped at Puente Ñirihuau next, this week’s detour area. The teams got to choose their challenge—“Horse Sense” or “Horse Power.” The Pious men went for “Horse Power,” where they had to carry a wooden horse through a polo training field and hit a ball inside the goal in nine shots or less. They struggled a bit, getting panicky as other teams were catching up.
But the finished out the race strong, coming in sixth place at the end of the leg.

Stay tuned to EAAvesdropping as we follow Pious on his adventures across the globe.

-- Cory Lopez 10C, EAA communications intern

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