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LaKisha "Kisha" Hoffman and Jennifer "Jen" Marie Hoffman are a team of Sisters on The Amazing Race 14 and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.

In The Amazing Race 14, the sisters suffered from communication problems that hindered their ability to work well as a team, as well as having a tendency to commit small mistakes and having navigational problems. Nevertheless, their physical abilities allowed them to make it deep into the race, where they developed a heated rivalry with Margie & Luke that persisted throughout their time in China. They were later U-Turned during the penultimate leg by Tammy & Victor, who feared their physical abilities if it came down to a foot race. Although Kisha & Jen managed to overcome the U-Turn to depart for the Pit Stop ahead of Jaime & Cara, Jen made an ill-timed decision to go to the bathroom within the vicinity of the Pit Stop, stemming from drinking several bottles of water at the Roadblock. Her bathroom break was evidently enough to allow Jaime & Cara to pass them, dropping the sisters to last and eliminating them in 4th place.

They returned in Unfinished Business, where they proved to be better at communicating with each other, as well as being less mistake-prone. They also formed stronger relationships with their competitors, particularly with Flight Time & Big Easy, whom they bonded and worked well with throughout the race. Their consistent performances and strong social gameplay allowed them to make it to the final three, where they were neck and neck with the Globetrotters throughout the final leg. They eventually pulled out a narrow lead ahead of their allies and held on to it to become the first team of sisters to win.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

LaKisha Hoffman (28); Jennifer Hoffman (24)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. / Louisville, Ky.
Occupation: LaKisha (Program Coordinator); Jennifer (Marketing Assistant)
Relationship: Sisters

These two former Division 1 College athletes look forward to becoming the first ever all female Team to win the Race. Besides athleticism, these sisters have little in common.

LaKisha works as a youth program coordinator and basketball coach. She hopes the same strengths that make her a good coach – patience and a strong competitive nature - will ultimately make her the best Racer the game has seen. Meanwhile, she claims her sister is very impatient and blunt when it comes to dealing with others or speaking her mind.

Jennifer works as a marketing assistant and newsletter coordinator for an assisted living company. She claims that she is the creative one while LaKisha is the analytical one…two traits that will undoubtedly be tested on the Race. Jennifer is infectiously energetic and confident, played college volleyball at the University of Louisville. LaKisha played basketball for the same school. Both have a competitive drive and are eager to put it to the test against this season's crop of Racers.

Neither sister has traveled extensively outside of the states, but they are looking forward to embarking on this journey of a lifetime together in order to change that. They will run the Race with unstoppable speed and numerous arguments along the way.[1]

Kisha

Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago, Ill. but currently residing in the Bronx, N. Y.
Connection to your Teammate: Sister
Current Occupation: Basketball Coach
Previous Season/Result: Season 14/4th place
Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Leaving our bags at the dock.
Most memorable moment from your first Race: EVERY moment! But, seeing my sister overcome her fear and complete the swimming challenge was great.
Favorite place you visited on your first season: Thailand, it was very beautiful and the scenery was so peaceful.
Why do you want to run the Race again? We want another chance to prove that we have what it takes to win!
How have you changed since the last time you competed? Having experienced as much as we did during our last race, it has given me a greater appreciation for life.
What are you passionate about? Life, God, children, sports, academic enrichment and social justice - anything to better the lives of undeserved children and families.
People would be surprised to learn: I added this to my bucket list just so I could check it off.
One location that you hope to go on this adventure: Surprise me!
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: I guess we will find this out.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race again (other than winning one million dollars): I hope to create many more exciting memories.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Her rudeness.
What would you do if you won the million dollars? I will pay off all my debts!
Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: We will work smarter and harder.

Jen

Age: 26
Hometown: Chicago, Ill. but residing in Louisville, Ky.
Connection to your Teammate: Sister
Current Occupation: Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Louisville
Previous Season/Result: Season 14/4th place
Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: I didn't communicate some of my ideas with certainty in the previous race and I didn't communicate enough with the other Racers.
Most memorable moment from your first Race: Knowing that the entire race brought a clearer understanding of who my sister is and her mood. Also, visiting Thailand and the Phuket Zoo was very memorable.
Favorite place you visited on your first season: It's a toss up between Thailand and India. The people seemed so free and happy with what they had.
Why do you want to run the Race again? I want redemption, I want to win and I want to see more areas of the world I wouldn't get to see otherwise.
How have you changed since the last time you competed? I've slowed down and instead of just doing and thinking later, I think more strategically.
What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about motivating and pushing people to accomplish things they think they can't. That's why I love coaching.
People would be surprised to learn: My guilty pleasure is all the Housewives shows on Bravo!
One location that you hope to go on this adventure: I would love to visit Brazil because I've never been there.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: I think we've gotten over our communication issues and I now know what bothers her. But, I believe we'll still battle with certain issues and her mood swings.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Her nervous giggle and mood swings.
What would you do if you won the million dollars? I'd go back to school for fashion design and open my own business.

Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: We will communicate more with other contestants and not be so isolated.[2]

The Amazing Race 14

Race History

Kisha & Jen's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Switzerland No Detour Jen 8 of 11
2 2 Switzerland → Germany → Austria Balancing Dolly / Austrian Folly Jen 7 of 10
3 3 Austria → Romania Gypsy Moves / Vampire Remains Kisha 3 of 9
4 4 Romania → Russia Stack / Construct Kisha 2 of 8
5 5 Russia Russian Bride / Russian Snowplow Jen 6 of 7
6 6 Russia → India Movers / Shakers Kisha 3 of 7
7 7 India → Thailand 100 Barrels / 2 Miles No Roadblock 5 of 6
8 8 Thailand Broken Teeth / Broken Record Kisha 4 of 5 [1]
9 9 Thailand → China Choreography / Calligraphy Jen 1 of 5
10 10 China Sync / Swim Kisha 4 of 4 [2]
11 Beijing Opera / Chinese Waiter Jen 4 of 4
Average 4.28
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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn

Notes:
1: Kisha & Jen initially arrived 3rd, but were not allowed to check in because they had left their travel documents and money at the location of the Roadblock; they were instructed to retrieve them before they could check in again. Tammy & Victor checked in while Kisha & Jen went back, dropping them to 4th; Mark & Michael also arrived during this time, but were unable to check in due to penalties accumulated during the leg.
2: Leg 10 was a double-length Leg, with two Roadblocks and two Detours, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the top row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business

Race History

Kisha & Jen's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Australia No Detour Kisha 3 of 11
2 2 Australia Spirit World / Natural World No Roadblock 4 of 11
3 3 Australia → Japan Prayer of Purity / Frog of Luck Jen 4 of 10
4 4 Japan → China Hammer / Horn Jen 5 of 9
5 5 China Honor the Past / Embrace the Future Kisha 4 of 9
6 6 China → India Hindu Art / Bengali Literature Kisha 6 of 8
7 7 India Feed the Fire / Feed the Buffalo Jen 3 of 7
8 8 India → Austria Long Hard Walk / Quick and Easy Meal Kisha 4 of 6
9 9 Austria → Lichtenstein → Switzerland Cheese / Wheeze Jen 2 of 6
10 10 Switzerland Search / Rescue Jen 2 of 5
11 11 Switzerland → Brazil On the Rocks / On the Beach Kisha 2 of 4
12 Brazil → United States No Detour Kisha 1 of 3 [3]
Jen
Average 3.33
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
This team was penalized with an automatic "U-Turn"

Notes:
3: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post-Race

  • In August 2012, Jen gave birth to a daughter named Nylah, with her boyfriend Ryan Fowler. They were married in September 2013.[3]
  • In January 2015, Jen gave birth to a son named Logan Ryan, her second child with Fowler.[4]

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • Kisha is the first African-American lesbian to compete on The Amazing Race.
    • She is also the first female LGBT racer to win the race.
  • Kisha & Jen are the first African-American team of sisters.
  • First team of sisters to win The Amazing Race.
  • First same-sex African-American team to win the race.
    • They were the first African-American all-female team to win the race.
  • Highest racing average of a team to win the race without winning any previous legs at 3.33. Kelsey & Joey later tied this record in The Amazing Race 27.

US Records

  • First all-female team to win the race without winning any legs except for the final one.
  • Kisha & Jen are currently the only winning all-female team in The Amazing Race to not be interracial.

External links

Interviews

Season 14

  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (05/04/2009): "Exclusive Interview: Jen and Kisha, from 'The Amazing Race 14'"
  • People Staff at People (05/05/2009): "Amazing Race's Jen & Kisha: We Weren't Laughing at Luke"
  • Staff at RealityTVWorld (05/05/2009): "Exclusive: Jennifer and LaKisha Hoffman talk 'The Amazing Race'"
  • Joyce Eng at TVGuide (05/05/2009): "Urine Trouble: Amazing Race's Kisha and Jen Explain Pee Break, How to Eat Starfish"

Unfinished Business

  • Steve Helling at People (05/09/2011): "Amazing Race Champs Kisha and Jen Hoffman: Winning Is Awesome"
  • Staff at RealityTVWorld (05/09/2011): "Exclusive: LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman discuss 'The Amazing Race'"
  • Carrie Bell at People (05/11/2011): "Amazing Race Winners Reveal How They'll Spend $1 Million Prize"

Social Media


References

The Amazing Race 14 Teams
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 Christie & Jodi
Flight Attendants
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 Jaime & Cara
Former NFL Cheerleaders
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 Kisha & Jen
Sisters
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 Margie & Luke
Mother/Son
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 Mark & Michael
Brothers/Stuntmen
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 Mel & Mike
Father/Son
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 Steve & Linda
Married
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 Tammy & Victor
Siblings/Lawyers
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The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business Teams
 Amanda & Kris
Engaged
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 Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
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 Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
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 Jaime & Cara
Former NFL Cheerleaders
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 Jet & Cord
Cowboys
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 Kent & Vyxsin
Dating Goths
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 Kisha & Jen
Sisters
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 Margie & Luke
Mother/Son
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 Mel & Mike
Father/Son
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 Ron & Christina
Father/Daughter
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 Zev & Justin
Best Friends
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