Joseph Caristo and Grace Caristo are a Brother & Sister team on The Amazing Race Australia 2.
Grace had no problems letting her opinions of the other teams be known, particularly to their faces, and was perceived an abrasive opponent by some teams. They would make the mistake of jumping into a van-style cab in Beijing, the increased costs of such a vehicle costing them almost all of their leg money.
From there their last leg was derailed by bad luck with taxis:
The next Taxi took them to Marco Polo hotel instead of Marco Polo bridge, causing them to walk all night to the next location. The last taxi took them to the wrong section of the great wall, all the way to inner Mongolia. Their cab driver was still lost, when Grant came out to tell them they were eliminated.
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Sydney siblings Joseph and Grace still live together under the same roof, but these days they rarely spend much time together.
"She has her friends and I have my friends," says 22-year-old Joseph.
"Joey is embarrassed by me," insists Grace, 21. "He doesn't want me to talk to his friends because he thinks I might say something to embarrass him."
Joseph adds, "With Grace it's like throwing a tennis ball at a wall – you're never sure exactly which way it's going to bounce off. She's pretty erratic."
Growing up in a single-parent household Joseph assumed the "man-of-the-house" role – much to Grace's annoyance.
"He's a Mister Know-it-all," says Grace.
Banking analyst Joseph has a very pragmatic approach to life, whereas student Grace likes to be a little less rigid with her decision-making.
"We need to meet half way because I'll be like just go with the flow and he'll want to analyze everything,"says Grace.
"My strengths are I can concentrate pretty well," says Joseph. "I'm clear-headed and obviously look into the future, not just what's happening now. That comes with my work."
But what they do share is a passion for traveling the globe and both list a recent family holiday to their mother's birth country of Lebanon as the ultimate adventure.
"When we were in Lebanon we stayed in the villages up north," explains Grace. "Every time we went down to the city it was just the two of us and we had to catch the bus with no windows, it was hot, the driver was smoking his lungs out. So maybe we've put our toe into the water with that trip."
Expecting some potential tension between them when it comes to making decisions, Joseph says he'll be taking control.
"I'm the driver and decision maker and she's the information feeder slash secretary," says Joseph.
"I pay attention to details and he's probably a bit ignorant in that area," says Grace. "But maybe he's right. Sometimes I do talk too much and I need to learn to shut my mouth and let him make the decisions."
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? Before the Race I was an Analyst for a Major Bank.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? I believe Grace and I complement each other very well, as we’re so different. I would look at things at an analytical stand point and then decide on a path based on the best options, whereas grace would jump straight into the task and learn on the way. This will be beneficial as there will be some tasks which required you to jump straight in and some that required time to think.
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? I believe to win the race you must have to desire to win and be physically and mentally strong. The race throws all sorts of things at you and you must be well-rounded to adapt and progress. I believe with my educational, career experience and sporting background it puts Grace and I at a prime position to do very well in the race.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Stress is unavoidable when dealing with time frames, pressure and the unknown variables. But by breaking down goals we can concentrate on one particular variable instead of many, hence paving the way for clearer thinking and hopefully less stress.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Probably dating a girl affiliated with a bikie gang. Enough said.
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Uni study, I had two Uni tests to study for in the coming days.
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? Grace's physical ability is not on par with a fit 22 year old male. Obviously meaning, slower running and allowing faster counterparts overtaking us.
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? Working full time at Coca Cola Amatil and studying full time in a Bachelor of Media.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? We don't actually compliment each other- we are not suppose too!
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? My persuasive charm. It’s very simple actually- sustain eye contact, be in control and never act desperate. Be cool, calm and collected, and somehow it will get you anyway.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Im taking my brother on with me for a reason- who else is going to want to hear to whine.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? People dare me all the time. I just have that dont-think-about-it-just-do-it mentality. The most daring thing I’ve done was witnessing both my niece and nephew’s birth. I supported my sister during the entire labour. I believe i can start delivering babies now!
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Quit my job on the spot, caught a bus home, kicked my heels off against the wall and studied the rules of the game.
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? Joseph doesn’t talk much, nor does he like to hear me talk. I believe it would be our lack of communication. We don’t do eye contact or any of those weird things.
The Amazing Race Australia 2
|Joseph & Grace's Race History|
|1||1||Australia → Philippines||Jig / Pig||No Roadblock||6 of 11|
|2||2||Philippines → India||Pull / Poo||No Roadblock||8 of 11|
|3||3||India||Unknown||Grace||7 of 10|||
|4||4||India → United Arab Emirates||Camel Dash / Dune Bash||Unknown||3 of 9|||
|5||5||United Arab Emirates → Turkey||Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up||Grace||4 of 8|
|6||6||Turkey||Shine / Design||Joseph||3 of 8|
|7||7||Turkey → France → Cuba||No Detour||Grace||7 of 7|||
|8||8||Cuba||Che Puzzle / Daiquiri Guzzle||Joseph||6 of 7|
|9||9||Cuba → Canada||Toss / Tumble||Grace||4 of 6|
|10||10||Canada||Search / Ski||Joseph||2 of 5|
|11||11||Canada → China||Waiter / Wheel||Did not perform||4 of 4|||
- Grace's Facebook: /grace.caristo.1
|The Amazing Race Australia 2 Teams|