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Joshua Gordon "Josh" Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge are a team of Goat Farmers and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 21.

They barely avoided elimination for seven straight legs, slipping by as other teams hit some horrible luck and made game breaking mistakes. In the end, Josh passed up Lexi on the Hello!/Goodbye Final Exam Finale puzzle, becoming poster boys for the fact that anyone really can win the race.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Josh

Age: 43
Hometown: I go back and forth weekly between New York City & Sharon Springs, NY.
Connection to your teammate: Life Partner for the past 15 years
Previously appeared on their own television series: "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" aired on Planet Green (Discovery) for two seasons (cancelled in 2011).
Current occupation: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/Author
Describe what you do: During the week, I work as an Advertising Creative Director in New York City. On the weekends, I commute to my goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY.
3 words to describe you: Funny, self-deprecating and generous.
Favorite hobbies: Cooking, gardening and traveling.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Reviving the small town where our farm is located by bringing attention to Beekman Farm and rural America through our television show.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Julia Child
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Martha Stewart
What scares you most about traveling? Falling ill during The Race.
What excites you most about traveling? Partaking in new cuisines.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We are quick to argue and both of us think we are the smartest people in the room.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Brent never admits when he is wrong.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? There are two: Italy, because I can't believe I have never been, and Russia because of the history and culture.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? If we win, we could finally be together under the same roof every night for the first time in three years. Being apart during the workweek has been a struggle and gone on far too long.

Brent

Age: 38
Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.
Connection to your teammate: Life partners for 15 years
Previously appeared on their own television series: "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" aired on Planet Green (Discovery) for two seasons (cancelled in 2011).
Current occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Beekman 1802.
Describe what you do: I manage our 60 acre goat farm and run our company, Beekman 1802.
3 words to describe you: Focused, ambitious and open-minded.
Favorite hobbies: Working in my garden, organizing community events and meeting new people.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Working with our small farm community to bring in new business and gather attention for rural America.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Martha Stewart
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Oprah
What scares you most about traveling? Being unable to resolve a situation because of a language barrier.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing things I have never seen before and probably will never see again.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Communication and the fact we both think we are always in the right.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He is too nice. He can't always be nice and expect to get ahead when everyone else is playing dirty.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Asia and the Middle East since I want to know more about these cultures.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? As I get older, I realize life is about making memories and this will be an experience we both will never forget.

The Amazing Race 21

Race History

Josh & Brent's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China No Detour Josh 7 of 11 [1]
Brent
2 2 China → Indonesia Ice-by-the-Pound / Fish-by-the-Barrel Josh 5 of 10
3 3 Indonesia Lion's Head / Egg Head Brent 5 of 9
4 4 Indonesia → Bangladesh Pound the Metal / Pound the Cotton Josh 4 of 8
5 5 Bangladesh Straw Dogs / Bamboo Jungle Brent 7 of 7
6 6 Bangladesh → Turkey Simit / Scrub It Brent 6 of 7 [2]
7 7 Turkey → Russia Alphabetized / Synchronized Josh 5 of 6 [3]
8 8 Russia Movers / Shakers Brent 5 of 6
9 9 Russia → The Netherlands Back in Time / Organ to Grind Josh 4 of 5
10 10 The Netherlands → Spain Spin It / Bull It Josh 3 of 4
11 11 Spain → France Chow / Plow Brent 3 of 4
12 France → United States No Detour Brent 1 of 3 [4]
Josh
Average 4.58
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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
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

Notes:
1: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: As part of the Speed Bump, Josh & Brent were instructed to find a marked Maraş ice cream cart, but accidentally went to another ice cream cart in the area. After returning to the Detour clue box, they were instructed that they had not completed the Speed Bump and were turned back until they correctly finished the task. This did not affect their final placement.
3: In Leg 7, Josh & Brent were unable to complete either Detour before the sites for both Detour options closed for the day. They were issued a 4-hour penalty, which was assessed at the start of Leg 8.
4: Leg 12 also had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post-Race

  • On June 28, 2013, Josh & Brent got married.[2]
  • In 2014, Josh & Brent were featured in a Time Warner Cable Business Class commercial.[3]

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • Josh & Brent have the most bottom two finishes in a single season with 7.
  • Tied with Korey & Ivana for the most second to last finishes in a career, at 6.
  • First all-male team to win the Race without winning any previous legs.
  • Second gay team to win the race, following Reichen & Chip.
  • Tied with Daniel & César for the lowest racing average of an all-male team who won the race, at 4.58.

US Records

  • Josh & Brent have the lowest racing average of a team who won the race, with 4.58.
  • Only all male team to win the race without winning any of the previous legs.

External links

Interviews

  • Kimberly Nordyke at The Hollywood Reporter (12/10/2012): "'Amazing Race' Season 21 Winners Reveal How They'll Spend the $1 Million Prize"
  • Jean Bentley at Hollywood.com (12/10/2012): "'Amazing Race' 21 Winners Josh and Brent: 'The Twinnies Helped Us Win!'"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide (12/10/2012): "Amazing Race's Josh and Brent: We'd Rather Be the Worst Winners Than the Best Losers"
  • Rob Cesternino at Rob Has a Podcast Just How Did the Beekman Boys Win Amazing Race?

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