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Sam Lambert and Paul Mitskopoulos are a Dating Couple team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race Canada 5.

Although they went more or less under the radar during the beginning of the race, Sam & Paul quickly demonstrated their potential during the first half of the race by never finishing lower than fourth, including one first place finish. However, the couple really started to take off during the race's second half, winning four consecutive legs (with one of those wins coming on a leg where they were U-Turned) and easily earning themselves a spot in the final three, hoping to win the race to help Sam pay for medical school. This hope would eventually be realized, as the two were able to take the lead quickly in the final leg and never relinquish it, winning their fifth leg in a row and ultimately the race.

Profile

Retrieved from CTV.com[1]

Sam

Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Strengths: Memory, physical fitness and problem-solving skills
Fears/Phobia: Eating gross things
Favourite Travel Destination: Portugal
Pet Peeve about Teammate: When he picks his nails

Paul

Age: 24
Occupation: Account Manager, LinkedIn Canada
Current City: Toronto, ON
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Strengths: Work ethic, public speaking, physical activities
Fears/Phobia: Tarantulas

Favourite Travel Destination: Greece
Pet Peeve about Teammate: His temper

Team Bio

Boyfriends Sam and Paul are outgoing, fun-loving guys who met at a concert in late 2015. At the time, Paul had not yet come out but falling for Sam led him to open up to his family and friends. Today they're madly in love, happier than ever, and ready to take on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA together.

Both Sam and Paul are highly competitive, athletic, ambitious, and care deeply for one another. Although similar in their values, Sam and Paul are different in a number of ways. Sam, who is pursuing a career as a doctor, is very intelligent and sensitive, while Paul tends to be more reactive. Sam has an almost photographic memory and an uncanny ability to read people, whereas Paul, the more reserved of the two, admits to having a terrible memory but believes his physical stamina more than makes up for it.

Although their differences do cause tension, it could also be the key to their success. Where one is weak, the other is strong. Paul, the more physical of the two – he loves to play volleyball, soccer, and tennis – is very determined. Sam, whose strength will be mental challenges, logic, and memory, can be very impatient. He hates repetition and is quick to get frustrated when something isn't working. Together, they are sure to bring humor and heart to the competition.

Fun Facts

Motto:

Sam: "Detail, Detail, Detail" | Paul: "Let's Go!"

If you and your teammate were a pop duo, what would your name be?

Sam: The Pups | Paul: S&P

Walk on Song:

Sam: "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna | Paul: "Good Life" by Kanye

Team they most associate with from previous seasons:

Sam: Steph and Kristen | Paul: A mix of Steph and Kristen and Ryan and Rob

If you could be an animal what would you be?

Sam: Lion | Paul: Dog – probably a Chocolate Lab

The Amazing Race Canada 5

Race History

Sam & Paul's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 Newfoundland and Labrador → British Columbia Pedal / Paddle Paul 4 of 10
2 2 British Columbia → Alberta Pump It / Pull It Paul 3 of 9
3 3 Alberta → British Columbia Strike It / Throw It Sam 4 of 8
4 4 British Columbia → China In Sync / In Line Sam 1 of 7
5 5 China → Thailand Bling It / Shred It No Roadblock 3 of 7
6 6 Thailand → Ontario → Quebec Tiptoe Through the Tulips / Get the Picture Paul 2 of 6
7 7 Quebec → Ontario → Newfoundland and Labrador Find Your Dory / Family Story Sam 1 of 6
8 8 Newfoundland and Labrador → Panama Up For a Drink / Down For the Count Paul 1 of 5 [1]
9 9 Panama → Saskatchewan The Cart / The Horse Sam 1 of 5
10 10 Saskatchewan → Ontario Alpac-It / I'll Cast It Sam 1 of 4
11 11 Ontario → Quebec No Detour Paul 1 of 3 [2]
Sam
Average 2.00
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
The team that lost the Double Battle.

Notes:
1: Sam & Paul initially choose Up for a Drink before switching to Down for the Count.
2: Leg 11 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to do perform the second one.

Post Race

  • In August, while the season was still airing, Sam began his first year at the medical school of his first choice, having previously learned of his acceptance through a video message from his mother during Leg 7[2]
  • Sam & Paul were the Pit Stop greeters on Leg 6 of The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition.
  • Sam and his family competed on the November 30, 2020 episode of Family Feud Canada on CBC.[3]

Trivia

Canada Records

  • Sam & Paul are the first team in The Amazing Race Canada to win a leg in which they were U-Turned.
  • Most legs won for an all-male team with six legs.
  • Most consecutive legs won with five legs.
  • Most legs won by a team who won the race with six legs.
  • Highest racing average by a team who won the race at 2.00, (Tied with Steph & Kristen).

External links

Interviews

  • Mark Daniell at Toronto Sun (09/13/2017): "'The Amazing Race Canada' Season 5 winners Sam and Paul say puzzle challenge was the hardest"

Social Media

References

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Australia
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Father & Son
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