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Lyn & Karlyn
LynKarlyn
Team Profile
Members Lynette "Lyn" Turk
Karlyn Harris
Age 32
Hometown Birmingham, Alabama (Lyn)
Helena, Alabama (Karlyn)
Relation Single moms/friends
Occupation 4th grade teacher (Lyn)
Program analyst (Karlyn)

The Amazing Race 10

Legs Competed 12
Legs Won 0
Placement 3rd
Average Position 5.00
Roadblock Count Lyn: 6
Karlyn: 7
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Mongolia Flag of Vietnam 150px-Flag of India.svg
Flag of Kuwait Flag of Mauritius Flag of Madagascar Flag of Finland Flag of Ukraine
Flag of Morocco Flag of Spain Flag of France.svg
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Lyn Turk and Karlyn Harris are a team of Single Moms/Friends on the 10th season of The Amazing Race.

African-American single moms from Alabama, they were dismissed as a weak team due to their struggle in the first 2 legs and throughout the race. Contestants made regular comment on how surprised they were that the team to whom they referred to as "Bama" or "The Sistas" made competitive strides. Undeterred, they managed to survive elimination legs after legs despite competing against much more physically capable teams due to their navigation skills, level-headed pragmatism in stressful situations and, in part, to their alliance with the "6 packs" (including David & Mary and Erwin & Godwin). In reference to their kinship with David & Mary, Karlyn stated, "We're from the South. We help each other. That's what we do."

They were the first all-female team to ever make it to the final three of the competition, and so, despite being bullied all throughout the game by Dustin & Kandice (a.k.a. the Beauty Queens or the blondes) who used unfair tactics to get ahead of other teams. In the end, Lyn and Karlyn earned a sweet victory over the blondes when the former finished second despite being yielded by the latter who finished last that resulted in them being marked for elimination. The single moms would then finish up the job in the following leg when they finished ahead of the Beauty Queens for the second time in a row. This was a special moment in the history of the game as it had been dominated by alpha males before the 10th season.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com Lyn & Karlyn have been friends since the ninth grade, but the humorous banter that these single moms share makes them seem more like sisters. Referring to themselves as the "Black Debutantes" of the Race, this Alabama duo intends to compete with style, class and dignity.

Lyn lives in Birmingham, Alabama and teaches high school. A mother of three, she enjoys traveling, reading and meeting new people. Karlyn is a programming analyst who lives in Helena, Alabama with her daughter. She can be described as crazy, loud and creative and has a fear of flying.

The friends are excited about traveling abroad for the first time together and believe that their resourcefulness and ability to improvise will make them the Team to beat.

The Amazing Race 10

Race History

Lyn & Karlyn's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China Labor / Leisure Karlyn 9 of 12
2 2 China → Mongolia Take It Down / Fill It Up Lyn 9 of 10
3 3 Mongolia → Vietnam Fuel / Fowl Karlyn 6 of 9
4 4 Vietnam Over / Under Karlyn 6 of 8
5 5 Vietnam → India Wild Things / Wild Rice Lyn 5 of 7
6 6 India → Kuwait Manual / Automatic Karlyn 4 of 7
7 7 Kuwait → Mauritius Salt / Sea Lyn 5 of 6 [1]
8 8 Mauritius → Madagascar Long Sleep / Short Letter Lyn 5 of 6
9 9 Madagascar → Finland → Ukraine Swamp This / Swamp That Karlyn 3 of 5 [2]
10 Make the Music / Find the Music Lyn 4 of 5
11 10 Ukraine → Morocco Throw It / Grind It Karlyn 2 of 4<
12 11 Morocco → Spain Lug It / Lob It Lyn 2 of 4
13 12 Spain → France → United States Art / Fashion Karlyn 3 of 3
Average 5.00
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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield





Notes:
1: Leg 7 featured an unaired Roadblock. Lyn completed the Roadblock as Karlyn was shown to have completed seven Roadblocks by the end of race.
2: Leg 9 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

Post-Race Life

  • Just days before the season finale aired, Lyn's home was burglarized and almost of all her possessions were gone.[1]
  • In 2008, Lyn remarried her first husband (with whom she had three kids).[2]
  • Karlyn refused to sign the letter sent by Lyn to Dustin & Kandice in Leg 4 (of the Roadblock) on All-Stars.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • First all-female team to reach the final three.
  • First team to reach the final three without winning any previous legs.
  • First team to finish the race without winning any leg.
  • Lowest racing average of an All-female team who completed the race at 5.00.

External Links

Interviews

  • Eric Goldman at IGN (12/13/2006): "Amazing Race Exclusive Interview: Lyn & Karlyn"
  • Jenn Brasler at Reality News Online (12/18/2006): "You'll Never Know How You'll React Unless You're There"

Social Media Profiles


References

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