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William "Will" Jardell and James Wallington are a Dating team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 32.

Will & James came into the race as superfans, using their extensive knowledge of the race to effectively game the system, most notably by founding the Mine Five alliance. The alliance went on to dominate the race with their controversial answer-sharing tactics, allowing them to eliminate their competition one-by-one to make it to the final five. Despite Will & James' own struggles with driving and a rivalry with Leo & Alana, their superfan knowledge and controversial but effective tactics allowed them to make it all the way to the final three. They established a lead early on in the final leg and never looked back, going on to take the victory. At the Finish Line, Will proposed to James, who accepted.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com[2]

Will Jardell[]

Name: Will Jardell
Age: 30
Hometown: Nederland, Texas
Current Occupation: Public health specialist and dance teacher
Describe what you do: I work at a global health institute within a university on education programs and research projects. I also work as a dance instructor in Los Angeles and direct a competitive dance team.
Three words to describe you: Go-getter, realistic, and fierce.
Favorite hobbies: Dancing, playing board games (and beating James), hiking with our dog Zoey, and watching almost every reality TV show there is, sometimes more than once.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My relationship with James is something that I'm incredibly proud of. We work so well together and even when we do argue, we are always learning from our mistakes and growing as a couple. James and I have been together for five years and I'm always overwhelmed with joy when I think back on all that we've accomplished together. No matter what life throws at us I know we will always have each other.
What scares you most about traveling? First of all, I'm 6'6" and flying on airplanes is not the most comfortable thing for my back or knees. If there is a leg of the race that requires us to sleep on a plane and I don't get enough quality sleep, I won't be in good shape! I'm also terrified of taxis. I like being in control when I'm traveling and giving up control to a taxi driver terrifies me.
What excites you most about traveling? I'm incredibly fascinated by all cultures around the world and learning about different ways of life. There are so many things I've never experienced and being able to see new places and cultures with James is something that I'm so excited for. Not many people get this opportunity and I want us to soak up every moment.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? It has always been a dream of mine to go to Ireland and see or stay in a castle. I don't know how I began associating castles with Ireland, but it's something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid!
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Amazing Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Since meeting James in 2014, I've always known that his biggest dream was to run The Amazing Race and to be a part of fulfilling that dream is incredibly humbling. I hope that through this process, I can show James how much I support him in achieving any goal he sets for himself because he has supported me in achieving every goal I have set for myself. He's the best partner and I hope that I can be the best partner for him throughout the entire race.

James Wallington[]

Name: James Wallington
Age: 31
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Current occupation: Event coordinator and social media manager
Describe what you do: I've been coordinating events and weddings in Los Angeles for the past eleven years in addition to working as a social media manager.
Three words to describe you: Passionate, ambitious, outgoing.
Favorite hobbies: I love hosting game nights with friends (especially any board game that involves strategy), traveling, party planning, musical theatre, hiking with our dog Zoey, watching competition reality shows, and going to the movies!
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Living out my dream of competing on The Amazing Race! When I was 12 years old, I remember watching episode one of the first season and saying to myself "I'm going to race one day." Fast forward 19 years and nine casting applications later (including Family Edition and various teammates), I'm gearing up for Season 32 with the love of my life. I couldn't be more proud of my persistence in accomplishing this childhood dream… and I can't wait to hear Phil say the words, "The world is waiting…"! #SUPERFAN
What scares you most about traveling? Visiting countries that are dangerous for LGBT travelers, losing my passport, or not being in control of my environment (lost taxi drivers or transportation delays).
What excites you most about traveling? The opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, experience new cultures, and meet new people who challenge my way of thinking.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I really want to visit Cambodia because it sounds exotic and I would love to explore Angkor Wat, but I've always dreamed of visiting the continent of Africa, whether it be for a safari adventure or volunteering with a wildlife organization!
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Amazing Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? In the words of Bill Murray "if you think someone is the one, travel the world together and if you're still in love, get married at the airport." I hope throughout the race Will and I are able to gain a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as a couple; resulting in a deeper love and appreciation for each other that will accelerate our relationship into the next chapter… marriage!

The Amazing Race 32[]

Race History[]

Will & James's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Trinidad and Tobago No Detour Will 4 of 11
2 2 Trinidad and Tobago → Colombia No Detour Will 6 of 10
3 3 Colombia → Brazil Shelter from Trees / Well Done Please No Roadblock 1 of 9
4 4 Brazil → Paraguay Stack Your Melons / Use Your Melon James 1 of 8
5 5 Paraguay → France No Detour James 4 of 8 [1]
Will
6 6 France → Germany Belt It Out / Belch It Out Will 4 of 7
7 7 Germany → Kazakhstan Great Khan's Spy / Knock Out Guy No Roadblock 1 of 7
8 8 Kazakhstan → India Food App / Number Trap James 3 of 6> [2]
9 India This / That James 2 of 6>
10 9 India → Cambodia Fish / Farm Will 2 of 5
11 10 Cambodia → Philippines No Detour No Roadblock 2 of 4
12 11 Philippines → United States No Detour Will 1 of 3 [1]
James
Average 2.55
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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield
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 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Leg 8 was a megaleg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the top row reflect the order teams completed the first half's roadblock.

Post-Race[]

James Challenge USA

James' promotional photo for The Challenge USA.

  • Will & James attended the wedding of Maddison McKibbin on August 28, 2021.[3]
  • Will & James married on December 3, 2021.[4]
  • In 2022, James competed on the first season of The Challenge: USA against other past contestants from The Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother, and Love Island.[5] James was eliminated in the third episode and finished 12th out of the 14 male competitors.

Trivia[]

  • Both Will and James previously appeared in other reality competition series.
    • In 2014, Will competed in the 21st season of America's Next Top Model, the second season to feature male contestants. He placed runner-up, losing to Keith Carlos. James was a producer on the show.
    • In 2013, James competed in Capture with his sister Rebecca. They finished 8th.

US Records[]

  • Will & James have the highest racing average of a same-sex couple, at 2.55.
  • They are the first same-sex team to get engaged on the race.
    • They are also the first team to get engaged at the Finish Line.
  • They are the first all-male team since Dave & Connor to win the race.

External links[]

Interviews[]

  • Joyce Eng at Gold Derby: "'The Amazing Race's' Will and James on their million dollar engagement: 'No matter what place we came in, I was gonna propose'"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade: "The Amazing Race 32 Winners Will Jardell and James Wallington on Their Finish Line Engagement and Alliance Legacy"
  • Nick Caruso at TV Line (12/17/2020): "Amazing Race Winners Will and James Reflect on Their 'Once in a Lifetime' Trip, Reveal 'Perfect' Race Moment"

Social Media[]


References[]

The Amazing Race 32 Teams
 DeAngelo & Gary
Former NFL Stars
S32 DeAngeloGary
 Eswar & Aparna
Siblings
S32 EswarAparna
 Hung & Chee
Married Parents
S32 HungChee
 Jerry & Frank
Father/Son
S32 JerryFrank
S32 KaylynnHaley
 Kellie & LaVonne
Former Olympic Hurdlers
S32 KellieLaVonne
 Leo & Alana
Dating
S32 LeoAlana
 Nathan & Cody
Best Friends
S32 NathanCody
 Riley & Maddison
Pro Volleyball Players
S32 RileyMaddison
 Will & James
Dating
S32 WillJames
The Amazing Race Winners
United States
(flagship)
 Rob & Brennan
Best Friends/Lawyers
S1 RobBrennan
 Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 ChrisAlex
 Flo & Zach
Friends
S3 FloZach
S4 ReichenChip
 Chip & Kim
Married Parents
S5 ChipKim
 Freddy & Kendra
Engaged Models
S6 FreddyKendra
S7 UchennaJoyce
 Linz Family
Siblings
S8 LinzFamily
 BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
S9 BJTyler
S10 TylerJames
S11 EricDanielle
 TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
S12 TKRachel
 Nick & Starr
Brother/Sister
S13 NickStarr
 Tammy & Victor
Siblings/Lawyers
S14 TammyVictor
S15 MeghanCheyne
 Dan & Jordan
Brothers
S16 DanJordan
 Nat & Kat
Doctors
S17 NatKat
 Kisha & Jen
Sisters
S18 KishaJen
 Ernie & Cindy
Engaged
S19 ErnieCindy
 Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
S20 RachelDave
 Josh & Brent
Goat Farmers
S21 JoshBrent
 Bates & Anthony
Hockey Brothers
S22 BatesAnthony
 Jason & Amy
Dating
S23 JasonAmy
 Dave & Connor
Father/Son
S24 DaveConnor
 Amy & Maya
Food Scientists
S25 AmyMaya
 Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
S26 LauraTyler
 Kelsey & Joey
Dating News Anchors
S27 KelseyJoey
 Dana & Matt
Engaged
S28 DanaMatt
 Brooke & Scott
#TeamBrooke andScott
S29 BrookeScott
S30 CodyJessica
 Colin & Christie
Life Partners
S31 ColinChristie
 Will & James
Dating
S32 WillJames
 Kim & Penn
Internet Personalities
S33 KimPenn
 Derek & Claire
Reality Romance
S34 DerekClaire
 Greg & John
Brothers/Computer Scientists
S35 GregJohn
 Ricky & Cesar
Boyfriends
S36 RickyCesar
Asia
 Joe Jer & Zabrina
Co-Workers
ASS1 JoeJerZabrina
 Adrian & Collin
Gym Buddies
ASS2 AdrianCollin
 Vince & Sam
Best Buddies
ASS3 VinceSam
 Parul & Maggie
Beauty Queens
ASS5 ParulMaggie
Australia
AUS1 TylerNathan
 Daniel & Ryan
Intensive Care Nurses
AUS3 DanielRyan
 Tim & Rod
Newlyweds
AUS4 TimRod
 Heath & Toni
Memory Makers
AUS6 HeathToni
 Alli & Angie
Mother/Daughter
AUS7 AlliAngie
 Darren & Tristan
Uncle/Nephew
AUS7 DarrenTristan
 Emma & Hayley
Sisters
AUS7 EmmaHayley
Brazil
BRS1 PatríciaSane
Canada
 Tim & Tim
Father & Son
CAS1 TimTim
 Mickey & Pete
Best Friends
CAS2 MickeyPete
 Gino & Jesse
Brothers
CAS3 GinoJesse
CAS4 StephKristen
 Sam & Paul
Dating Couple
CAS5 SamPaul
 Courtney & Adam
Engaged First Responders
CAS6 CourtneyAdam
CAS7 AnthonyJames
 Catherine & Craig
Best Friends
CAS8 CatherineCraig
 Ty & Kat
Dating
CAS9 TyKat
China
CNS1 ZhongHanliangJackie
 Geng & Xin
Friends
CNS2 HanGengWuXin
CNS4 JiaJingwenXiuJiekai
China Rush
 Charlie & Rachel
Flirtatious Friends
CRS1 CharlieRachel
 Lily & Jan
Dating Couple
CRS2 LilyJan
Finland
 Kaisa & Mari
Friends
FNS1 KaisaMari
France
 Anthony & Sonja
Cyber Friends
FRS1 AnthonySonja
Israel
 Shay & Guy
Business Partners
ILS1 ShayGuy
 Bar & Inna
Painter & Saleswoman
ILS2 BarInna
 Talia & Koby
Newlyweds
ILS3 TaliaKoby
 Shay & Shani
Friends
ILS4 ShayShani
 Amit & Raz
Father/Son
ILS5 AmitRaz
ILS6 EvelinTohar
 Tia & Fay
Models
ILS7 TiaFay
 Yael & Yosiel
Cousins
ILS8 YaelYosiel
Latin America
LAS1 TamaraMatías
LAS2 CarlosMauricio
LAS4 DanielCésar
 Giovanni & Juan Carlos
Brothers-in-Law
LAS6 GiovanniJuanCarlos
Norway
 Morten & Truls
Brothers
NOS1 MortenTruls
 Omar & Bilal
Brothers
NOS2 OmarBilal
The Philippines
 LJ & CJ
Celebrity Best Friends
PHS1 LJCJ
 Matt & Phoebe
Dating Couple
PHS2 MattPhoebe
Ukraine
 Valeria & Bohdana
Beauty Queens
UAS1 ValeriaBohdana
Vietnam
 Hương Giang & Criss
Singer/Athlete
VNS3 HươngGiangCriss
 Ngọc Anh & Nhật Anh
Diving Coaches
VNS4 NgọcAnhNhậtAnh
 Lincoln & Tiến Đạt
Hotel Manager/Rapper
VNS5 LincolnTiếnĐạt
LeHangHHenNie
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