Michelle Troy and Joanne "Jo" Troy are a team of Cheerleader Twins on The Amazing Race Australia 2.
They quickly asserted themselves as one of the season's biggest threats, and while the other early favorites found themselves falling off to stupid mistakes one by one, the twins became a fixture in the top 3, all the while remaining the one of the most competitive, plucky and energetic teams of the season. While they would spend most of the season playing second fiddle to first Sticky & Sam, then Paul & Steve, they would become the first female team in any version to put up their season's best finishing average. In the finale they would get a lead of over an hour on the other two teams, only to have it disappear when all three teams made the same mid-leg flight. Michelle would struggle to match Jo's answers on the opinion matching task, dropping them to 3rd.
They may be bubbly, blonde cheerleaders, but these identical twins from Sydney are out to prove there's more to them than meets the eye.
Michelle and Jo not only look alike, they also drive the same type of car, work in the same job as ground staff for an airline and more often than not finish each other's sentences.
"We've got the travel side of things sorted through our knowledge from work," says Michelle.
Jo adds, "Plus we're fit from the dancing. We're competitive. We've competed in surf lifesaving championships."
"We communicate well. We know what the other one's thinking. We're in with a really strong chance."
The girls are cheerleaders for the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL team and Jo's proudest achievement is winning the 2011 Cheer Girl of the Year.
Even though the twins recently didn't speak to each other for nearly two years - Michelle didn't approve of Jo's boyfriend at the time - they have now reconciled and are mostly looking forward to being with each other 24/7 on the race.
"But I'm hoping there'll be no major blow ups otherwise we'll be in trouble!" says Michelle.
For girls whose ideal overseas trip involves "the beach and sunbaking", how do they think they'll cope with the challenges?
"We're good with puzzles and we think we've got common sense," says Michelle. "And when it comes to strength I'm sure we can push ourselves."
The Amazing Race Australia 2
|Michelle & Jo's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||Australia → The Philippines||Jig / Pig||No Roadblock||7 of 11|
|2||2||The Philippines → India||Pull / Poo||No Roadblock||2 of 11|
|3||3||India||Unknown||Michelle||3 of 10|||
|4||4||India → United Arab Emirates||Camel Dash / Dune Bash||Unknown||4 of 9|||
|5||5||United Arab Emirates → Turkey||Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up||Jo||2 of 8|
|6||6||Turkey||Shine / Design||Jo||2 of 8<|
|7||7||Turkey → France → Cuba||No Detour||Michelle||2 of 7|
|8||8||Cuba||Che Puzzle / Daiquiri Guzzle||Jo||3 of 7|
|9||9||Cuba → Canada||Toss / Tumble||Michelle||3 of 6|
|10||10||Canada||Search / Ski||Jo||3 of 5|
|11||11||Canada → China||Waiter / Wheel||Jo||1 of 4|
|12||12||China → Australia||Teach / Learn||Michelle||3 of 3|
- Michelle & Jo have the highest racing average of an all-female team, at 2.92.
Michelle & Jo's Facebook: /MichelleJoAmazingRaceAustralia
|The Amazing Race Australia 2 Teams|