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

Blonde twins, their bumbling ways and their inability to read the clue repeatedly 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 New Zealand, when a combination of bad navigation early in the leg, followed by choosing the longer Detour choice left them in 5th. It would take eight years before any team on any version of the Race survived more bottom-2 finishes than them. 

Profile

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.

The Amazing Race 5

Race History

Kami & Karli's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
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 Unknown 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
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: 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. It is unknown whether Kami or Karli performed the Roadblock.

Post-Race

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • First team of twin sisters.
  • Second team asked to go back and retrieve a missed clue before checking-in at the Pit Stop again, Immediately following Chip & Kim on the first leg of season five.

External links

Interviews

  • 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"

Social Media Profiles

References

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