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Amy & Maya
AmyMaya
Team Profile
Members Amy DeJong
Maya Warren
Age 24 (Amy)
29 (Maya)
Hometown Madison, Wisc.
Relation Food Scientists
Occupation Ph.D. Students
Hashtag #SweetScientists

The Amazing Race 25

Legs Competed 12
Legs Won 1
Placement 1st
Average Position 4.50
Roadblock Count Amy: 5
Maya: 5
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United States Virgin Islands Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Denmark Flag of Sweden
Flag of Morocco Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Malta Flag of Singapore Flag of the Philippines
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Amy DeJong and Maya Warren are a team of Food Scientists and are the winners of the 25th season of The Amazing Race.

Their physical limitations and poor navigational skills meant that the other teams never considered them a real threat. However, they generally kept positive attitudes and analytical minds which helped them keep up with the pack and Maya showed much appreciation for the various countries that they raced in. In the finale, Amy was able to blow by Misti and Bethany at the second Roadblock allowing them to beat their more athletically inclined competition to become the third all-female team to win the Race. However, their win has divided fans of the series on if their win was fair or not (One half saying they do not make the rules and their win was fair, while the other stating that they should have been eliminated in 4th place, or at least given a Speed Bump) due to placing 4th in the 11th leg, causing them to be non-eliminated and caused for the first time, four teams raced in the final leg.

Profile

Amy

  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
  • Connection to your teammate: Lab Mate and friend
  • Current occupation: Ph.D. Student (Food Science) at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Describe what you do: I am a Ph.D. student in food science studying polyol (sugar-free sweetener) crystallization in confectionery products.
  • 3 words to describe you: Logical, sarcastic and curious.
  • Favorite hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, food science, running and volleyball.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I had an "experiment gone wrong" incident during one of my internships that surprisingly turned into something really interesting that the company wanted to pursue further. It was one of those moments that made me realize why I love science.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Leonard from "The Big Bang Theory" (obviously a female version and into food science, not physics).
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kerry Washington.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Getting lost. I don't always have the best sense of direction (don't tell Maya!).
  • What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the rest of the world. I really have not done much international travel and cannot wait to see what else is out there and try all of the delicious foods!
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We will have to rely on each other in ways that we haven't before. Our most important responsibilities (research) are independent from each other; this will not be the case on the Race!
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: She can be SO picky. She yells at me when I drink coffee or open the refrigerator in our office. She says that the smells bother her which is ridiculous. It's like living with a crazy person.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? The Galapagos Islands. There are so many unique landforms, animals and plants. Plus, it is a tropical place with gorgeous beaches and a rich scientific history.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to prove to myself and the world that scientists are more than beakers and lab coats. I also hope to grow our relationship outside of lab, most of what we do centers around food science and our research.

Maya

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Madison, Wisc.
  • Connection to your teammate: Lab Mate and friend
  • Current occupation: Ph.D. Student (Food Science) at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Describe what you do: I research the microstructure, behavioral and sensorial properties of ice cream and other frozen-aerated treats.
  • 3 words to describe you: Highly motivated, spiritual and energetic.
  • Favorite hobbies: Traveling, exploring new cultures, meeting new people, anything involving ice cream and working out/running!
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Discovering my passion in life (anything involving ice cream) and being able to do what I love and love what I do every day. It's a beautiful thing.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) gets down to business and commands a room with ease. Great sense of style, knows how to have fun, intuitive, graceful and self-confident.
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Mayim Bialik, both on and off of "The Big Bang Theory." Number one, Mayim (yes, we are on a first name basis) and Amy resemble each other and have many similar mannerisms and personality traits. *Both are smart, goofy, curious, intelligent, driven and knowledgeable of random things.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Having to get one too many shots. I believe pain is weakness leaving the body but shots just don't do it for me!
  • What excites you most about traveling? Being introduced to new cultures, people, experiences and opportunities beyond what I can imagine. I also enjoy learning, growing, building memories and trying new ice creams/frozen desserts!
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The biggest challenge we will face on the Race will most likely be over-thinking situations and challenges. As scientists we have learned to be very analytical.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: Amy talks a lot. So do I, but sometimes she talks at times when we need to focus on the task at hand and/or about something totally unrelated, getting us off task.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Pretty much any place I have not been! I love to travel and will visit anyplace if given the opportunity to do so!
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to grow our bond outside of the lab. I also hope to show the world that scientists are more than just lab coats, beakers and goggles. Lastly, I hope to inspire others to pursue something they have always wanted to do… that is what the Race is for me!

The Amazing Race 25

Race History

Amy & Maya's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → U.S. Virgin Islands No Detour Amy 6 of 11
2 2 U.S. Virgin Islands → United Kingdom About Face / Pancake Race No Roadblock 8 of 10
3 3 United Kingdom Pony Up / Light My Fire No Roadblock 5 of 9
4 4 United Kingdom → Denmark → Sweden → Denmark Parking Space / Wedding Cake Maya 4 of 8
5 5 Denmark → Morocco Twirl Time / Tea Time Amy 7 of 8
6 6 Morocco Camp / Cream Maya 6 of 7
7 7 Morocco → Italy Painters / Posers Maya 3 of 6
8 8 Italy → Malta Flag / Shine Amy 4 of 6
9 9 Malta → Singapore China Cups / Chilli Crabs Maya 4 of 5 [1]
10 10 Singapore → The Philippines Catch / Coach No Roadblock 2 of 4
11 11 The Philippines This / That Amy 4 of 4
12 12 The Philippines → United States No Detour Maya 1 of 4 [2][3]
Amy
Average 4.50
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 finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     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: Amy & Maya attempted to U-Turn Adam & Bethany. However, Adam & Bethany have already checked-in after winning the Fast Forward, thus having no effect.
2: Leg 11 had no mandatory rest period between legs, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. Amy & Maya did not have to face a Speed Bump during Leg 12, despite coming in last during Leg 11.
3: The final leg featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • First team to finish fourth on the penultimate leg and be allow to compete on the final leg.
  • Lowest racing average of an all-female team to win the race at 4.50.

Interviews

  • Christy Gutowski at Chicago Tribune (12/18/2014): "Amazing Race finale features Barrington woman"
  • Gordon Holmes at Xfinity.com (12/22/2014): "(Jim) Didn't Think We Were Worth Much"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (12/22/2010): "We're a Great Underdog Story"
  • Jodi Walker at EW (12/22/2014): "How the Scientists became TAR top dogs"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/22/2014): "Amazing Race 25 | Finale Exit Interviews"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (12/22/2014): "Exclusive: The Amazing Race winners Amy DeJong and Maya Warren talk Season 25" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Rob Thomas at The Capital Times (12/23/2014): "UW grad students Amy DeJong and Maya Warren talk about their Amazing million-dollar win"
  • James Wellington & Justin Nichols on AfterBuzz TV (04/27/2015): "The Amazing Race After Show w/ Amy DeJong & Maya Warren, Season 25 Episode 12"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/25/2014): "They seemed like underdogs to us, but why were they so confident?"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (01/06/2015): "Underdogs Maya and Amy say they always believed they could win"
  • Amelia Chen at ScienceMeetsFood.org (02/11/2015): "The Amazing…Interview"
  • Rob Cesternino & Jessica Liese at RHAP (04/20/2015): "Amazing Race 2015: Amy & Maya on Season 26"
  • Sylvia Woods at Delux Magainze (06/06/2016): "Maya Warren – Amazing Race Winner"

Social Media Profiles

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about Amy & Maya

  • Amy and Maya and legs

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    • 219.195.210.50 wrote:Let's be honest here it's obvious Amy and Maya do not deserve to win. They finished last, were NOT given a Sp...
    • 1. It's a non-elimination leg, a special one at that to throw the teams off-guard. 2. Even with equalizers, gamebots still dominate regardless.

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