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Florinka "Flo" Pesenti and Zachary Golden "Zach" Behr are a team of Friends and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 3.

Flo became notorious for her constant complaining and screaming at Zach whose laidback and chill attitude, alongside Flo's scheming helped carry the team through the Race to become the first co-ed team to win. Flo became attracted to Drew for the second half of the season, causing many teams to speculate on their relationship and Zach to note some distancing between him and Flo. Drew and Flo would start dating after the race, staying together for seven years. In the final leg, they would be the last team to reach the International Fountain in Seattle, yet were the first to find a cab, winning them the race.


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With any good friends where there is a guy and a girl, there's a chance of something happening. We've never really crossed into that territory.

New Yorkers Flo, 23, a public relations associate, and Zach, 23, a production assistant, have been good friends ever since they met five years ago in a cafeteria at Vassar College. While wearing a funny hat and a camouflage suit, Zach instantly caught Flo's eye. Although Flo and Zach have shared a mutual attraction for each other over the years, they've never pursued a romantic relationship.

One of their most memorable times together was when they were both bartending in college. Says Flo, "We would go crazy making drinks for the whole bar, trying to be Tom Cruise in Cocktail. It was so fun to be silly with someone while working." Ironically, one of the worst experiences they've ever had took place while they were working together. When a young girl became extremely ill from drinking too much, Flo and Zach had to rush her to the hospital. "We had to deal with the EMS and it was a really scary situation," says Zach, who adds, "It was reassuring to go through it with Flo."

Although Flo and Zach are seasoned travelers, the couple has only shared one 24-hour trip together. This Team is convinced, however, that they have what it takes to come out on top. According to Zach, "I am the logistics man. I'm good with directions, roughing it and keeping a cool head. Flo is very good at keeping things fun. She's also great at getting people to do things they might not otherwise do." Flo and Zach are looking forward to seeing some great places during the Race, and hope the experience will bring them even closer together.

Flo's birth date is January 17. Zach's birth date is June 29.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Flo: Pretty extensive.
  • Zach: I have traveled extensively in Europe (east and west), and have been to many other countries in South America. I've never been to Asia.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Flo: Missing flights and getting stuck in traffic.
  • Zach: After a while, I find it stressful to be on the move. But in general, I find travel to be very relaxing.

What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?

  • Flo: My sunscreen--and my Tylenol--migraines and a sunburn would surely slow me down.
  • Zach: Probably my two pairs of super high-tech underwear. They dry in seconds and make you run faster--very funny stuff.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Flo: To see great places and to win some money.
  • Zach: I wanted to be on THE AMAZING RACE to have the adventure of a lifetime and win a million bucks in the process.

Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?

  • Flo: We've never traveled together before, except one 24-hour drive to Boston.
  • Zach: Not really. One time we took a marathon, one-day trip from New York to Boston. It was rugged, but good training, I hope.

What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Flo: No fears.
  • Zach: My biggest fear of competing in THE AMAZING RACE 3 is probably getting lost in a jungle or desert. Either that, or losing in the first leg of the Race. But that won't happen.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Flo: I am a great traveler. I get along well with others. I am also very competitive. The only weakness is that I love to go to sleep early, and often fall asleep in random places. I've also never really roughed it.
  • Zach: I am the logistics man. I am good with directions, orienteering, roughing it and keeping a cool head. One of my weaknesses is that I am not as competitive as Flo.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Flo: Zach is brilliant. He is really prepared and has great endurance. Also, he is not afraid to wear one pair of underwear the whole trip. His weakness: not competitive enough.
  • Zach: Flo is very good at keeping things fun. She is also great at getting people to do things they might not otherwise do. But, she can't really drive stick and doesn't have much experience roughing it.

What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?

  • Flo: My family.
  • Zach: I'll miss my friends at home, the wolfpack, and my family.

What languages do you speak?

  • Flo: Italian, French, Spanish.
  • Zach: Spanish, English, Czech.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

What country do you feel best prepared for?

The Amazing Race 3

Race History

Flo & Zach's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Mexico Wings / Wheels No Roadblock 2 of 12
2 2 Mexico Man Power / Horse Power Zach 5 of 11
3 3 Mexico → United Kingdom Punt / Bike Zach 3 of 10 [1]
4 4 United Kingdom → Portugal Old School / New School Zach 2 of 9
5 5 Portugal → Spain → Morocco Ropes / Slopes Zach 4 of 8 [2]
6 6 Morocco Now You See It / Now You Don't Flo 2 of 7
7 7 Morocco → Germany → Austria → Germany Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
8 8 Germany → Switzerland Count the Money / Run the Numbers Zach 2 of 5
9 9 Switzerland Extreme Swiss / Very Swiss Zach 5 of 5
10 Switzerland → Malaysia → Singapore Dry / Wet Zach 3 of 5
10 11 Singapore → Vietnam Easy Buy / Hard Sell Zach 2 of 4
11 12 Vietnam Basket Boats / Basket Bikes Zach 3 of 3 [3]
13 Vietnam → United States Quick Drop / Slow Walk Zach 1 of 3
Average 2.69
     The team keep racing
     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 or keep racing on a No-Rest 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

1: Flo & Zach attempted Punt for the Detour before switching to Bike.
2: Flo & Zach attempted Ropes for the Detour before switching to Slopes.
3: Flo & Zach switched Detours twice before completing Basket Boats.


  • From Seasons 10 to 18, Zach co-hosted a TAR segment with Shawn Pooley on Canadian Radio NL 610 and CKRV 97.5.[2]
  • In August 2004, Zach published a piece in The New York Times describing his experience on the race.[3]
  • Zach got married to Elyse Steinberg on October 11, 2008 and now have a kid together.[4]
  • Flo became romantically involved with Drew after the Race and stayed together for 7 years before breaking up in 2009.
    • They were asked to participate in All-Stars as a new team but Flo reportedly declined for two reasons: she felt that the Race had brought the worst out of her, and Zach was not invited to join her. The honor of becoming the newly-created team would go to Eric & Danielle.
  • Flo became ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams's life partner, and together they have a young son, Everett.[5]


Franchise Records

  • First team to switch Detours twice in a single leg (Leg 12).
  • First winners who was the youngest team of the season.
  • First co-ed team to win the race
    • Flo became the first woman to win the race.
  • Due to them taking the Fast Forward in Leg 7, they never traveled to Austria. This makes them the only team to win the race without going to all the countries in the season's route.
  • First winning team to have the highest racing average of the season.
  • Flo became the first person to perform least number of Roadblock that reached the final three. (1 Roadblock)
  • Flo is the most quoted woman for episode titles in a season: 5 episodes.
  • Flo was the first former contestant to be referenced in a future season.
    • During the "Rescue" task of the Detour in the Season 4 premiere, Chris called teammate Amanda "Flo."[6]
    • According to Chris, she took the joke well and was not offended.[7]

External links



  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (12/18/2002): "Race Win Amazing For Flo and Zach"
  • The Caroline Rhea Show (12/18/2002): "The Final 3 From The Amazing Race 3"
  • FansOfRealityTV (12/19/2002): "The Amazing Race 3 Winners: Our Interview with Flo and Zach"
  • Donna Petrozzello on New York Daily News (12/20/2002): "Reality Check Amazes 'Em"
  • Brian James at RealityNewsOnline (02/17/2003): "An In-Depth Conversation With Florinka (Flo) Pesenti, Winner of The Amazing Race 3"


  • (2003): After the Race
  • TARflies (05/02/2003): "Catch up with Zach"
  • TARflies (07/30/2003): "Go with the Flo"
  • TARflies (10/11/2004): "The World-Wide Games" with Zach
  • Mary Anne Potts at National Geographic Adventure (09/27/2009): "The Amazing Race: A Previous Winner Tells All"

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