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Richard Allen "Reichen" Lehmkuhl and Willis Chapman "Chip" Arndt, Jr. are a Married team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 4.

Though they often found themselves squabbling with other teams and making errors that would set them back, their consistency among a group of mistake-prone racers allowed them to make it to the final three. They then ran an almost flawless final leg, whilst their competitors made several key errors, which ultimately allowed them to win.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com

Twenty-eight-year-old Reichen is a pilot and teaches at a flight school in Los Angeles. A former US Air Force officer and a graduate of the US Air Force academy, he is married to his teammate Chip. He loves skiing and flying and is very into being physically fit. He describes himself as "detail-oriented, caring and thrill-seeking." He speaks French and has traveled internationally quite a bit. Reichen's views on relationship are much more liberal than Chip's -- He enjoys flirting with other guys, but that makes Chip upset. Reichen likens himself to Ben Affleck--"intense"—and says Chip is like Bruce Willis: "steady and true." Reichen says he never procrastinates; he gets things done NOW.

Chip is 36 years old and is an active consultant raising financing and setting up projects in film, music, and multi-media around the world. He attended Yale and Harvard Business School. He loves hiking in the mountains and participating in triathlons." He describes himself as "determined, free thinking and mindful." He says he is like Winston Churchill: "steady...never say no; anything is possible." Chip lived in Hong Kong for three years, in Paris for six months and in London for two years. He is in great physical shape.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Reichen: Most of my experiences have been on the adventurous side. I've been all through Western Europe, Australia, Mexico and Canada, for some skiing.
  • Chip: I have traveled extensively and lived in Asia for two years. I trekked in Nepal and South America, but most of my recent travel has been to boardrooms and not the "outback." This will be fun.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Reichen: I hate packing for the trip. You might not pack enough, or worse, you might pack too much. It's not just stressful, it's boring, unless you're packing for THE AMAZING RACE.
  • Chip: Directions, getting the right ones.

What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?

  • Reichen: Energy bars and water. I get pretty irritated when I'm hungry.
  • Chip: Pen and paper, because this Race is not only about getting to a destination fleet of foot, but making sure you know the way and local languages.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Reichen: For the great experience, but mostly to fulfill the need to be honest about my life—to anyone.
  • Chip: To present a new type of gay relationship to the viewing audience and win.

Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?

  • Reichen: Chip and I have taken some killer trips overseas and in the great USA, too. Mostly ski trips. We once spent two weeks fishing and diving in the Great Barrier Reef. That was incredible.
  • Chip: We love to travel and explore new things all over the world. We usually travel well together because Reichen is so organized and I love to go!

What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Reichen: Hunger.
  • Chip: I don't have a fear, but getting lost will really frustrate me.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Reichen: Strengths: time management and the ability to communicate with people. Weaknesses: my dependence on sleep and food in order to perform.
  • Chip: Strengths: stamina, well-traveled, situational awareness. Weaknesses: stubborn, over analytical, short fuse.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Reichen: Strengths: Money management, and he's well-traveled. Weaknesses: "Paralysis through Analysis," and he doesn't like to admit if he doesn't know something.
  • Chip: Strengths: Organization, detail, focus and communication. Weaknesses: Allowing a mistake or bad luck to upset him.

What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?

  • Reichen: Fritz.
  • Chip: Hans.

What languages do you speak?

  • Reichen: French, English and a little German.
  • Chip: French.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

What country do you feel best prepared for?

  • Reichen: As many countries as we can possibly see. Bring it on! We're playing to win.
  • Chip: China and, in particular, Hong Kong.[2]

The Amazing Race 4[]

Race History[]

Reichen & Chip's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Italy Search / Rescue No Roadblock 9 of 12
2 2 Italy Waterway / Pathway Chip 2 of 11
3 3 Italy → Austria Mozart / Beethoven Reichen 3 of 10
4 4 Austria → France Ropes / Slopes Chip 5 of 9
5 5 France → Netherlands 500 Kilograms / 15 Feet Reichen 4 of 8
6 6 Netherlands → India Suds / Duds Chip 2 of 7
7 7 India Baskets / Trunks Reichen 5 of 6
8 8 India → Malaysia Net / Trap Chip 2 of 5
9 9 Malaysia Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
10 10 Malaysia → South Korea Strong Hands / Strong Stomach Chip 2 of 4
11 11 South Korea → Australia Face First / Feet First Reichen 3 of 4 [1]
12 12 Australia Saddle / Paddle Chip 2 of 3
13 13 Australia → United States Wing It / Wander It Chip 1 of 3
Average 3.15
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

Notes:
1: Reichen & Chip initially arrived 2nd, but they drove to the Pit Stop instead of traveling on foot and were issued a 35-minute penalty. During this time, Kelly & Jon checked in, dropping Reichen & Chip to 3rd.

Post-Race[]

  • Reichen & Chip ended their partnership after the race.
  • Reichen became known for dating Lance Bass, though their relationship ended in January 2007.[3]
  • Reichen played one of the grooms in the play My Big Gay Italian Wedding in May 2010.[4]
  • Reichen and boyfriend Rodiney Santiago, appeared on "The A-List: New York".
  • Chip Arndt served as a member of Florida slate of electors for the Electoral College in 2008. As such, he became the first openly LBGT man to cast an electoral vote for a president. [1]

Trivia[]

Franchise[]

  • Reichen & Chip were the first LGBT racers and the first gay team to win the race, as well as the first romantically-involved couple to win.
    • Though Reichen and Chip were not legally married since same-sex marriage was not recognized in the United States at the time, they protested to CBS to allow their tag to say "Married" and CBS relented.

United States[]

  • Reichen & Chip are the only team on The Amazing Race 4 to incur a penalty.
  • Reichen & Chip are the first team to outright have the highest racing average of a season to win the race.

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