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Colin Guinn and Christie Lee Woods are a Dating team on The Amazing Race 5 and a team of Life Partners and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 31.

Colin lived up to his self-description of being "possibly the most intense person that's ever run this race", becoming infamous both for dominating most of the race with his shrewd understanding of the game and his merciless gameplay, as well as his short temper, leading to his near arrest in Tanzania and his famous "My ox is broken!" outburst. Christie, on the other hand, was often regarded as a big load to carry, having only done one Roadblock and often irritated Colin with her constant nagging. Despite being a dysfunctional team, they managed to place in the upper half of the back in 8 legs and win the most number of legs of the season (6). Ultimately, Colin's temper would be their undoing, as they lost a lot of their strategic edge after getting Yielded by Chip & Kim, eventually finishing 2nd due to a series of mistakes that left them unable to get on the same flight as Chip & Kim due to their flight being delayed and already having checked their bags.

Returning in season 31 for their second chance, the couple had a more "Zen" approach to racing and to life while still being a competitive team, which allowed them to have a more successful run. They placed in the top half of the pack in a total of 10 legs. Despite experiencing setbacks such as being u-turned with the new U-Turn Vote in leg 8, getting on a late flight and forgetting their gnome in leg 9 and Christie struggling in the roadblock in the penultimate leg, all of which caused them to fall to last place, they recovered and only placed in the bottom two in the penultimate leg. During the final leg the two along with Tyler & Korey alternated between first and second place and despite experiencing minor problems in the final challenge, Colin and Christie managed to finish shortly before Tyler and Korey, allowing them to cross the finish line first and win the race.

Profile

Retrieved from cbs.com[1]

Colin & Christie met in a class at the University of Texas in Austin and have been dating for over a year. Both now live in Corpus Christi, Texas. When Colin saw Christie give a presentation in their communications class, he knew that she was the one for him. It took eight months of being friends before he finally got her to go out on a date with him. Colin claims that he will ask Christie to marry him if they can get through the Race together.

Christie is the 1996 Miss Teen USA winner, the first and only one from Texas. However, she considers her biggest accomplishment in life to be working to pay her entire way through college and graduating with honors. She describes herself and her teammate as "very competitive, extremely aggressive with strong personalities." Although Christie says that she is always late, she is also a perfectionist who hates losing.

Colin is the owner of a cell phone store. Among the accomplishments he is most proud of is getting Christie to fall in love with him, which he claims is better than being the top first-year dealer for a book publishing company in the United States. He also agrees that he and Christie are both very aggressive and "very outspoken and in-your-face." However, he is a very open person who will talk to anyone, while Christie is extremely private.

Colin & Christie are excited about competing in THE AMAZING RACE 5 because they will be able to travel the world and participate in this kind of competition. Christie adds, "Another reason for doing this Race is that it is a test to see if we are marriage potential. I know we can win, and if we do, we're getting married right after the show."

Previous season: The Amazing Race 5

Colin Guinn

Age: 38
Instagram: @colinguinn
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Tech Entrepreneur
Describe what you do: We help companies develop/bring new technologies and innovations to market… primarily in drones, autonomous robotics, and emerging technologies.
Three words to describe you: Loving, energetic, and capable.
Favorite hobbies: Surfing, standup paddling, mountain biking, hiking, auto racing, dancing, sailing, camping, yoga, snowboarding, building, and flying drones.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Co-creating a beautiful life with Christie, our two beautiful boys, Achilles and Cruz, a successful career doing what I love with people that I love, and a daily practice that allows me to maintain high vibrations.
What scares you most about traveling? Sitting in the middle seat in coach.
What excites you most about traveling? Getting to experience other cultures and people around the world and witnessing their way of life first hand… seeing how different their culture can be, while at the same time recognizing how similar we all are at the core.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Antarctica, because of the wildlife.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Watching myself run The Amazing Race 15 years ago gave me the opportunity to look in on myself from the outside and see just how unconscious and full of ego my behavior was. Since then, I have done many years of work to broaden my perspective and come from a more loving and collaborative mindset. I hope to enter this engineered reality that is designed to bring on extreme stress and reduce resilience and apply the principles and practices that have transformed my daily life to see if they can help me have a much more harmonious experience while still being every bit as competitive as we were the first time around.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers, without a doubt. The Amazing Race is very different than the other shows in that the competitors are out in the real world having to navigate countries with different cultures and language, dealing with uncontrollable flight delays, lack of sleep, jet lag, etc. I think the people who have experienced that before, and proved to be successful in that environment, will be our biggest competition.

Christie Woods

Age: 40
Instagram: @christiewoods1
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Integrated Sex, Love, and Relationship Coach
Describe what you do: I use my intuitive abilities and energetic healing tools to help clients process past trauma stuck in the body often keeping them in a constant loop of mediocre relationships and life experiences. I combine traditional “top down” talk therapy with a more somatic “bottom up” approach utilizing various types of breath-work, sound healing, meditation, and Reiki in order to encourage my clients to go deep within the self to uncover and/or simply release thought patterns no longer serving their best and highest good. I invite them to reclaim their sovereignty by reconnecting with their own internal emotional guidance system; thus, becoming a more expressed human, free of cultural and familial programming, inspired to live their own authentic truth.
Three words to describe you: Adventurous, curious, and fun.
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, yoga, travel, reading, camping, wake-surfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, slack-lining, dancing, and playing hide-and-go-seek with my kids.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Raising my boys and up-leveling my relationship with Colin.
What scares you most about traveling? Losing my passport.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the world, and experiencing new people and different cultures.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Africa—the motherland! I enjoyed our visit on Season 5 very much, and would LOVE to go back!
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Even more intimacy, connection, fun, and… expansion!!
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers for sure!!

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Colin & Christie's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 7 of 11
2 2 Uruguay → Argentina Perro / Tango Colin 6 of 10
3 3 Argentina Smooth Sailing / Rough Riding Colin 1 of 9
4 4 Argentina → Russia Block 5 Shots / Drink 1 Shot Christie 2 of 8
5 5 Russia → Egypt Used Fast Forward 1 of 7
6 6 Egypt Herd It / Haul It Colin 1 of 7
7 7 Egypt → Kenya → Tanzania Buzzing / Busy Colin 2 of 6
8 8 Tanzania → United Arab Emirates Off Place / Off Road Colin 1 of 5 [1]
9 9 United Arab Emirates → India Heavy but Short / Light but Long Colin 1 of 5
10 10 India → New Zealand Clean / Dirty Colin 1 of 5
11 11 New Zealand → The Philippines Plow / Fowl Colin 4 of 4<
12 12 The Philippines Unknown Colin 3 of 4 [2]
13 The Philippines → Canada → United States Slide / Ride Colin 2 of 3 [3]
Average 2.46
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

Notes:
1:Leg 8 had an unaired Roadblock that involved buying and delivering nuts. In a post-race interview, fellow Season 5 team Linda & Karen stated that the men in the co-ed teams completed all the Roadblocks following the caviar Roadblock in Leg 4.[2]
2:Leg 12 had a Detour, however, all teams were shown performing the same task, and it was aired as a miscellaneous task.
3:Leg 13 had an unaired Roadblock that involved pitching a teepee. Colin has been confirmed to have completed the task.[3]

The Amazing Race 31

Race History

Colin & Christie's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Christie 2 of 11 [4]
Colin
2 2 Japan → Laos ABC / BBQ Christie 4 of 10
3 3 Laos → Vietnam Reel It In / Light It Up Colin 3 of 9
4 4 Vietnam Irritation / Irrigation Colin 1 of 9
5 5 Vietnam → United Arab Emirates Fall / Find Christie 3 of 8
6 6 United Arab Emirates → Uganda Salty Roll / Move the Pole Colin 2 of 8
7 7 Uganda → Switzerland Water Power / Water Down Christie 2 of 7
8 8 Switzerland Make Hay / Cow Festival Colin 3 of 7
9 9 Switzerland → Croatia Poetry in Motion / Washed in from the Ocean Christie 4 of 6 [4]
10 10 Croatia → The Netherlands High / Dry No Roadblock 1 of 5
11 11 The Netherlands → United Kingdom Know / Row Christie 3 of 4
12 United Kingdom → United States No Detour Colin 1 of 3
Average 2.42
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
~ The team that lost the Double Battle.

Notes:
4:Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
5:Colin & Christie initially chose Washed In From the Ocean before switching to Poetry in Motion.

Post-Race

  • After the airing of the Race, Colin proposed to Christie on The Early Show.[4] She accepted. They currently have two sons.
  • In the post-race interviews of their original run, Colin & Christie were disappointed that their edit was skewed.[5]
  • They were invited to participate in The Amazing Race: All-Stars but had to decline due to Christie's pregnancy with their first child.[6]
  • Colin is now a Senior Vice President at 3D Robotics involving drones.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • First team to win three consecutive legs.
  • First team to win six legs in a single season.
  • First team to be Yielded.
  • First team to finish last on the 11th leg of the race and not be eliminated.
  • With a span of 26 seasons and 15 years, Colin & Christie hold the record for longest period between appearances on the race.
  • Most legs traveled by a co-ed team in a career, with 25 legs ran over their two seasons.
  • Tied with Tyler & Korey for most legs won by a team in a career with 9 each.

US Records

  • One of the first two teams to be U-Turned by vote, alongside Rachel & Elissa.
  • First team to be both Yielded and U-Turned in a career.
    • First team who could have been both Yielded and U-Turned, as no other team has raced with both the Yield and the U-Turn in play.
  • First co-ed team to win the race against two all-male teams competing in the final leg.
  • Third team to win the race after surviving a U-Turn, following Dave & Connor and Cody & Jessica

External links

Interviews

Season 5

Season 31

  • Dalton Ross at EW (06/19/2019): "Inside the most radical reality show transformation ever: The redemption of Colin and Christie"

Social Media Profiles

References

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