Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Linz kids take $1 mil prize
By John Kiesewetter / Enquirer staff writer
The amazing Linz kids from Anderson Township won the $1-million prize on “The Amazing Race: Family Edition” Tuesday.
Nick, 24, Alex, 23, Megan, 21 and Tommy (aka “Bone”), 19, won final leg of the race from Montana to Montreal to Niagra Falls, then gave national TV viewers a “Who Dey” chant.
They had started the final episode Tuesday in second place, and stayed there most of the first hour Tuesday. They moved into the lead for good in Toronto the final hour, and won by being first to complete a 71-piece map puzzle of North and Central America.
“A million dollars is at stake, and it’s all about geography,” mused Megan, a Miami University junior, while brother Nick pieced the puzzle together.
The Linzes will be presented their $1 million check shortly after 8 a.m. today on CBS’ “Early Show” (Channel 12).
The victory by the Linzes – who wore orange “Who Dey” shirts on the show – was not a complete surprise.
An Internet site, www.sportsbook.com
, suspended wagering before the Sept. 27 premiere because of the large number of bets from Ohio placed on the Linzes to win. Betting had been suspended in the spring edition on a Houston couple, who won the “Race” two months later.
More than 150 Linz family members and friends gathered Tuesday at McFadden’s in downtown Cincinnati to cheer for the kids, as they’ve done every week.
All 10 members of the Linz family – parents Tom and Terri, their seven children and daughter-in-law – were in New York at a CBS party for the finale with the nine other teams.
Mrs. Linz insisted that all 10 attend because they were together in a Cancun airport, on Christmas vacation last year, when a casting director asked if they would consider auditioning for a reality TV show.
During the 11-week series, the Linz team became a fan favorite. Viewers have enjoyed their humor and support for each other, while other families fought and argued with each other.
“The Linz children have done such a great job on the show. They’ve been very respectful, polite and have had fun – and represented the city of Cincinnati very well,” says Pattie Fisher of Batavia, an “Amazing Race” fan from Batavia who attended the weekly viewing party.
The Linz siblings will do their first interviews today since taping the show in July.
Walter Branson and his daughters from from Park Ridge, Il., placed second. Widow Linda Weaver and her children from Ormond Beach, Fla., were third.
Host Phil Keoghan, during a September visit to Cincinnati, said he admired how they adapted to situations during seen during the 11-week series.
“I love the Linzes. They’re naïve in a good way, meaning they’re receptive to change,” Keoghan said.