In late August, CBS announced the 11 teams that will embark on a sprint around the globe for $1 million dollars on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, which premieres this Sunday (8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan).
This season, which marks the 23nd race around the world for the series, will bring back the Double Express Pass twist that was introduced last season, in which the first Team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two “Express Passes” — one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another Team by the end of the fifth leg of the Race.
As Teams travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles, they will paraglide high above the skies of Iquique, Chile, subject themselves to a bone-chilling plunge in Norway and buckle up for Formula One Racing in Abu Dhabi.
This season’s diverse cast includes former NFL teammates, married ER doctors, theater performers, childhood friends, baseball wives, cousins … and two members of the LA Kings Ice Crew!
Ashley Covert is one of those two participants, and she recently answered the following questions from LAKings.com:
Q: With the first episode debuting Sunday, can you tell us how excited are you to finally sit there and watch it?
A: Oh, yes, I am very excited to watch the first episode. I am really excited.
Q: Obviously the show in its entirety hasn’t aired yet so you’re limited in what you can say, but, well, did you win?
A: I can’t tell you that.
Q: Good answer, for your sake. But what can you say?
A: Kings fans should be excited for a very comical season of The Amazing Race.
Q: Can you tell our fans how this whole opportunity came about?
A: The Amazing Race producers contacted Brooklyn Boyars in the Kings office and she sent an email out to the Ice Crew and a few of us applied for it. Then Ally and I were casted and we went through the interview process with so many beautiful teams and beautiful girls. It was very overwhelming and we kept getting through these stages, it was crazy. When we got the phone call it was very exciting. We got to the hotel where we were staying before we left for the race and we met all the teams. It was such a great opportunity that just sort of fell in to our laps.
Q: Did you ever watch the show before and what did you know about the show going into the beginning of production?
A: I grew up with the show and remember watching the first season when they started in New York. When I got the email I was really excited because who gets the opportunity to travel around the world for free and basically be given the chance to go to so many countries within 23 days and see the world. No one will be able to have this experience except for the 22 contestants on the season. It’s really exciting and something I’ve always wanted to do. Being given the opportunity is indescribable, you can’t really put into words.
Q: Prior to the show you had known Ally as a friend, co-worker, teammate, and classmate. Is there anything you learned about Ashley during this experience you didn’t know?
A: When you meet Ally you think she is sweet and outgoing. When people watch the show they are going to be shocked at how competitive she is. It is kind of scary.
Q: Having watched the show prior to being a contestant was there anything that would
surprise the viewer about the show that they really don’t get to see watching at home?
A: On the show all you see is teams lying to each other and back stabbing each other but teams actually got really close with each other outside of the race.
Q: Did you get all of those frequent flier miles?
A: I wish I got to keep the frequent flier miles.
Q: What’s it going to take to get host Phil Keoghan to go to a Kings game at STAPLES Center?
A: Phil definitely wants to come to a Kings game. We’ve had the conversation with him. He wants to ride on the Zamboni. He is expecting to be at a Kings game sometime this season so I don’t think you’ll have any problem getting him there but you’ll definitely have to put him on a Zamboni, that’s for sure.
THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” nine times in the past 10 years. Currently, the series is nominated for its 10th Emmy in this category.
Special thanks to Sean Mathys