Kim & Leslie
Team Profile
Members Kim Smith
Leslie Kellner
Birth Dates (1972-10-09) October 9, 1972 (age 45) (Kim)
(1973-12-28) December 28, 1973 (age 44) (Leslie)
Hometown Baytown, Texas
Relation Roommates
Occupation Teachers

The Amazing Race 1

Legs Competed 2
Legs Won 0
Placement 10th
Average Position 8.00
Roadblock Count Kim: 2
Leslie: 0
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of South Africa.svg 150px-Flag of Zambia.svg Flag of France.svg

Kim Smith and Leslie Kellner are a team of Roommates on The Amazing Race 1.


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Kim and Leslie met when they became roommates four years ago. Since then, these single teachers have traveled together many times. For THE AMAZING RACE, they'll make a good Team because Leslie is left-brained and Kim is right-brained, and they share a motto: "work hard, play harder."[1]

The Amazing Race 1

Kim & Leslie are the third team introduced at the Starting Line at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York City. In their confessional, Kim states that she and Leslie are "mentally prepared to handle anything that comes along", while Leslie states her major concern is dying over the course of the race.

After Phil Keoghan officially starts the first leg of the race, they learn they have to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they'll find their next clue in Johannesburg International Airport, and that there are three flights to Johannesburg from New York City, but are not informed from which airport they're departing at. The roommates decide to try to hail a cab in the busy New York City streets. They're unsuccessful with their first attempt, but find a cab that will take them to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Despite intending to head to Alitalia airlines, their cab driver takes them to where Swiss Air is located instead. This benefits the women, as they are on the second flight out to Johannesburg, with Dave & Margaretta on board as well, rather than on the later Alitalia flight.

After landing in Johannesburg, they pick up the second clue informing them to sign up for a charter flight to Livingstone, Zambia, and get their next clue from a car waiting outside of Livingstone Airport. Kim & Leslie end up on the third charter flight with Dave & Margaretta.

Kim & Leslie decide to drive themselves to Victoria Falls, rather than hire a driver. Kim & Leslie are the second team to get the clue at Victoria Falls, and decide against going for the Fast Forward, and instead go to Batoka Gorge. On their way to the gorge, they drop to 6th. Arriving at Batoka Gorge, they learn of the Detour. Kim & Leslie decide to perform Air, which will involve them ziplining down the gorge, then bungee jumping to receive their next clue.

Finishing the Detour, they are told to head to Songwe Village. At the village, Kim & Leslie find the clue for the Roadblock. The task has one member cook an ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. Kim performs the Roadblock for her team. After completing the Roadblock, they're told to head to the nearby Pit Stop to check in. Kim & Leslie finish the first leg in 6th.

Kim & Leslie start Leg 2 at 5:33 am. Opening their clue, they are told to head to Songwe Museum. As they drive out of Songwe Village, they spot the museum. Grabbing their next clue, which informs them of the Detour. They choose Near and head to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to photograph animals.

After photographing three required animals, the roommates drive to Mukuni Village to exchange their photos for their next clue, a statue of the Eiffel Tower, indicating them must fly to Paris, France.

At Johannesburg International Airport, Kim & Leslie find a ticket counter, trying to find flights to Paris via Amsterdam, London, or Brussels. Amie walks up to the same counter the roommates are at, and after Kim orders four tickets, she informs the ticket attendant that Amie is not with them. This escalates as Kim, Leslie, and Amie begin to argue over the situation. The ticket attendant is able to diffuse the three women, and both teams are on the third flight to Paris.

Once they landed in Paris, as Paul & Amie wait in line for a cab, Kim & Leslie simply cut them and attempt to get into the taxi. This leads to another argument, but Kim & Leslie win as they take the cab to the Eiffel Tower. Ironically, Kim & Leslie arrive after Paul & Amie at the Eiffel Tower. Missing the clue box at the base of the tower, they head to the observation deck to look for a yellow and white flag.

After looking and asking around, a French gentleman informs Kim & Leslie that he saw a yellow and white flag at the base of the tower. Finding their next clue, it is revealed to be a Roadblock. Kim volunteers to perform the task, and heads up to the observation deck to search for something "monumental". In a five-way tie for last, Kim, Dave, Paul, Emily, and Karyn are all frantically searching for their next clue. Kim is the second-to-last to spot the flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe from the group, after Paul and Emily colluded together to show Lenny.

Back on the ground, she and Leslie get into a cab and head to the monument. They however make a mistake by getting out of their taxi across the street from the Arc de Triomphe, allowing the other trailing teams to check in before them. Once they've arrived at the Pit Stop, Phil informs them they are the last team to arrive and have been eliminated from The Amazing Race.

Race History

Kim & Leslie's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Kim 6 of 11 [1]
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Kim 10 of 10
Average 8.00
     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

1: There was an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat.


  • Kim has two children now.
  • Leslie is married and has three children.


  • During the Pit Stop at the hotel in Zambia, Kim and Leslie pulled pranks on fellow racers.[2]
  • First team ever to steal a taxi cab from another team.
  • First all-female team to be eliminated from the race.
  • Kim & Leslie are the first team to be eliminated in France and the first to be eliminated in Europe.

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