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

A strategic duo, they put up a good run, placing in the upper half of the pack in nine legs and winning three legs prior to the final leg. In Colombia, they formed an alliance with other strong teams called the Mine Five. They immediately proved their loyalty to their alliance by U-Turning Leo & Alana in the next leg. Although Leo & Alana survived, Will & James played a part in eliminating them by convincing Kaylynn & Haley to Yield them in leg 7. They proved their loyalties to the Mine 5 alliance again by Yielding the remaining outsider team, Kaylynn & Haley, in leg 8. After their alliance of five made it to the final five, they created a final three alliance with Hung & Chee and Riley & Maddison that eliminated their opposition. In the final leg they had an early lead due to Will's knowledge of New Orleans. They extended their lead at the first Roadblock when Will quickly found the baby in the king cake. They completed the remainder of the final leg without seeing any other teams, which allowed them to cross the Finish Line first and officially win the season.

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 6 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 Fast Forward pass
> 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.

Post-Race

  • Shortly after crossing the Finish Line, Will proposed to James, who accepted.

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

  • They are the first LGBTQ racer to propose on the race.
    • They are also the first team to propose on the Finish Line.


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
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 Eswar & Aparna
Siblings
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 Hung & Chee
Married Parents
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 Jerry & Frank
Father and Son
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 Kellie & LaVonne
Former Olympic Hurdlers
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 Leo & Alana
Dating
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 Nathan & Cody
Best Friends
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 Riley & Maddison
Pro Volleyball Players
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 Will & James
Dating
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