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Vanessa Morgan and Celina Mziray are a team of Sisters on The Amazing Race Canada 1.

They were initially portrayed as a weak team, with most teams considering them to be easy to beat, and they played this to their advantage. They received the second Express Pass from Kristen & Darren, and formed an alliance with Jet & Dave on the basis that they would be easy to beat in the finale. They were able to survive through a combination of skill and luck, not to mention tenacity and an ability to come up with ways to overcome their physical limitations. Twice they managed to get slim leads in the final leg, and went into the Final Roadblock 1st. However, Celina struggled to match the flowers to their flags, dropping them to 3rd place.

Profile

Vanessa

Age: 21 (Mar 23, 1992)
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Connection to Teammate: Sister
Current Occupation: Actress
Nickname: V, Vanny, Vava
Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
Couldn't live without: My family and my dogs
Good luck charm: "A gold heart ring and gold cross I was given as a newborn."
Strengths: Singing, acting, people skills
Fears/Phobias: The dark, sharks, dolls, spiders
Favourite travel destination: Greece

Celina

Age: 30 (Nov 19, 1982)
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Connection to Teammate: Sister
Current Occupation: Bikini Model
Nickname: C, Celina Ballerina
Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
Couldn't live without: My daily cup of tea
Good luck charm: "My Scorpio necklace that I've had since grade eight."
Strengths: People skills, intuitive, endurance
Fears/Phobias: A fear of flying, sharks, open dark water, snakes
Favourite travel destination: Anywhere warm with palm trees

Vanessa and Celina are feisty sisters with a 10 year age difference between them. While they are best friends, when put in stressful situations they always fight and bicker. "I am the oldest, so I'm pretty much the boss," says Celina. "Basically what I say goes." The bond between the sisters is enhanced by the inspiration they gather from their role model mom. And while both are petite, they don't let their small size dictate their chances at winning THE AMAZING RACE CANADA.

"We are the perfect contestants because we are two small girls who will dominate and take down the competition, says Vanessa."

At only 21, Vanessa is an accomplished actress (MY BABYSITTER'S A VAMPIRE, DEGRASSI: NEXT GENERATION) and Celina is a fashion model, but don't let their good looks fool you – these girls came to play.

"We don't take bull," says Celina. Adds Vanessa, "If someone is going to confront us, or be rude to us, or try to steal our secrets...well that's not happening."

Motto: "We are mini but mighty."
How will they plan to win The Race: "We may come across as naive or clueless, and we would use this to our advantage as we are not. Also we have lots of experience travelling and in airports."
Number one roadblock as team: "Any challenge that requires pure strength, we may be in trouble, because we are both very small. Little minis!"

The Amazing Race Canada 1

Race History

Vanessa & Celina's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 Ontario → British Columbia No Detour Vanessa 5 of 9 [1]
Celina
2 2 British Columbia Draw It / Dance It Vanessa 5 of 8
3 3 British Columbia → Alberta Lump by Lump / Bone by Bone Vanessa 4 of 7
4 4 Alberta → Northwest Territories → Yukon Klondike Gold Rush / Yukon Supply Run Celina 4 of 7ϵ [2][3]
5 5 Yukon → Saskatchewan Brawn / Beauty Celina 3 of 6
6 6 Saskatchewan → Quebec Sculpt It / Spot It Vanessa 4 of 5
7 7 Quebec → Nunavut Harpoon Hunter / Igloo Builder Celina 4 of 5
8 8 Nunavut → Nova Scotia Surf / Turf Vanessa 4 of 4 [4]
9 9 Nova Scotia → Newfoundland and Labrador Tell a Tale / Wag a Tail Celina 2 of 4
10 10 Newfoundland and Labrador → Ontario No Detour Vanessa 3 of 3 [1]
Celina
Average 3.80
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
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

Notes:
1: This leg featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Vanessa & Celina used their Express Pass to bypass the Detour. It is unknown which tasked they opted to perform prior to handing over their Express Pass.
3: Vanessa & Celina arrived at the Pit Stop in 4th place, but could not be checked in as their backpacks were not dropped within sight. This did not affect their placement.
4: Leg 8 had no mandatory rest period between legs, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. Vanessa & Celina did not have to face a Speed Bump during Leg 9, despite coming in last during Leg 8.

Post-Race

  • The sisters helped promote the application process for upcoming Canadian seasons.[1]

Trivia

Canada Records

  • Vanessa & Celina are the first team to use an Express Pass.
  • First team to finish last on a No-Rest Leg.
  • First all-female team to make it to the final leg and subsequently, the first all-female team to cross the Finish Line.
  • First team to cross the finish line in 3rd place.

External links

Interviews

  • Jeff Hopper at CTV Ottawa Morning Live (07/15/2013): "Celina discusses premiere episode"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (09/17/2013): "Celina and Vanessa say the right team won"
  • Nick Patch at The Star (12/13/2013): "Amazing Race Canada sisters reflect on first season"

Social Media Profiles

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