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Kami French and Karli French are a team of Twins on The Amazing Race 5.

Their bumbling ways and their tendency to not read Clues properly often pushed them to the back of the pack, but never quite far enough to eliminate them, as they finished last or second-to-last in seven out of their ten legs. They would finally be eliminated in the tenth leg, when a combination of bad navigation early in the leg, followed by choosing the longer Detour choice left them in 5th place.


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Kami & Karli are identical twins from Eugene, Oregon, who describe themselves as "extremely competitive." Both agree that as children they were adorable, but ornery and naughty.

Kami is the general manager of a restaurant. Her primary motivation for being on the show is "to win! I'm very competitive." Her pet peeve about herself is that she is always correct, all the time. Kami says that one of the most exciting moments of her life was at a Prince concert when she was asked to get on stage and dance with him.

Karli is a full-time student at the University of Oregon. She describes her motivations for being on the show as first, "wanting the money, and second, wanting the opportunity to travel for free." One of her fears is getting stranded in a third world country without clean bathrooms. Karli adds that she is sweeter and more forgiving than Kami.

Kami & Karli list among their similarities that they can get really upset when they are not fed, they have similar mannerisms, are ardently determined and extremely competitive. They are excited to compete in THE AMAZING RACE 5 because foreign travel and experiencing different cultures are fascinating to them.[1]

When and where did you meet?
Karli: Obviously, Kami and I met inside my mother's womb, where we kicked the s**t out of each other, I'm sure.
If you could describe your relationship in one phrase or sentence, what would it be?
Karli: Kami and I have a sweet and sour, love-hate relationship. We'll argue about petty things, but rally together and kick your a** if you try and intervene.
Have you ever traveled together before? If so, what were the best and worst aspects of traveling together? Karli: Kami and I traveled to Mexico and the West Indies together. It worked because we both enjoy relaxing, reading, eating well, tipping frivolously and boozing it up. It's nice to travel with someone who knows how to have a good time.
Why did you decide to team up for THE AMAZING RACE?
Karli: It seems only natural that two people who walk alike, talk alike, and sometimes act alike compete together in something so extraordinary as THE AMAZING RACE.
As you begin the Race, how do you think this experience will affect your relationship?
Karli: We know this Race won't and can't change our relationship, because it's been this way for 26 years.
What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?
Karli: My strengths include staying positive (most of the time) and athletic endurance. Weaknesses are my small bladder, my need for food every three hours and stubbornness.
What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

Karli: Kami isn't the best of drivers or navigators, but she never quits and always finishes hard.[2]

The Amazing Race 5[]

Race History[]

Kami & Karli's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Uruguay Zips / Chips No Roadblock 9 of 11 [1]
2 2 Uruguay → Argentina Perro / Tango Kami 9 of 10
3 3 Argentina Smooth Sailing / Rough Riding Kami 5 of 9
4 4 Argentina → Russia Block 5 Shots / Drink 1 Shot Karli 7 of 8
5 5 Russia → Egypt Rock & Roll / Hump & Ride Kami 6 of 7
6 6 Egypt Herd It / Haul It Karli 3 of 7
7 7 Egypt → Kenya → Tanzania Buzzing / Busy Kami 5 of 6
8 8 Tanzania → United Arab Emirates Off Plane / Off Road Karli 5 of 5 [2]
9 9 United Arab Emirates → India Heavy but Short / Light but Long Kami 4 of 5
10 10 India → New Zealand Clean / Dirty Karli 5 of 5
Average 5.80
     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

1: Kami & Karli initially arrived 2nd, but they had missed the clue to the Detour, having simply arrived by chance at one of the options. They had to go back and retrieve the clue before checking in, falling to 9th.
2: Leg 8 had an unaired Roadblock that involved buying and delivering nuts for which Karli has said she likely performed the task. The sisters also alternated doing Roadblocks.


  • Karli got married to her husband, John.
  • On June 1, 2009, Karli gave birth to her first child, Jackson.
    • In 2011, she gave birth to her second child, Grace.


  • Kami & Karli are the first team of twin sisters.

External links[]


  • Jeff Wright at The Eugene Register-Guard (06/11/2004): "Eugene twins back to reality after TV race"
  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (09/08/2004): "Amazing Race Twins Chat"
  • Jeff Wright at The Eugene Register-Guard (09/09/2004): "Amazing Race Ends for Twins from Eugene"

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