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Meredith & Gretchen
MeredithGretchen
Team Profile
Members Meredith Smith
Gretchen Smith
Age 69 (Meredith)
66 (Gretchen)
Hometown Easton, Maryland
Relation Married/retired
Occupation Retired executive (Meredith)
Retired flight attendant/nurse (Gretchen)

The Amazing Race 7

Legs Competed 10
Legs Won 0
Placement 4th
Average Position 5.40
Roadblock Count Meredith: 6
Gretchen: 4
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Peru Flag of Chile Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa.svg
Flag of Botswana 150px-Flag of India.svg Flag of Turkey Flag of the United Kingdom
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Meredith Smith and Gretchen Smith are a Married/Retired team on the 7th season of The Amazing Race.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Meredith & Gretchen are a husband/wife team from Easton, Maryland. Meredith is a retired executive and Gretchen is a retired nurse/flight attendant. Both found love late in their lives, and they are spending every moment making up for lost time. Their inspiration for participating in the Race is strictly for the adventure and the challenge of traveling around the world.

Meredith is a retired executive who spends his time fishing, biking, playing golf and teaching swimming. Father of three sons, Meredith is an avid swimmer who holds seven National Masters Swimming Championship titles. Meredith describes himself as competitive, articulate and compassionate.

Gretchen is a retired flight attendant and registered nurse. Mother of two, Gretchen spends most of her time cooking, biking, gardening and golfing. Gretchen describes herself as outgoing, reliable and kind, and she admits to being quite loud, particularly when she's upset.

Both are big fans of the show, and while watching one evening, they said to each other, "We could do that. Let's try."[1]

The Amazing Race 7

Race History

Meredith & Gretchen's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Peru Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket No Roadblock 6 of 11
2 2 Peru → Chile Shop / Schlep Gretchen 7 of 10
3 3 Chile → Argentina Paddle / Pedal Meredith 7 of 9 [1]
4 4 Argentina Shipwreck / Island Meredith 7 of 8
5 5 Argentina → South Africa Tunnels / Tribes Gretchen 7 of 7
6 South Africa → Botswana Food / Water Meredith 5 of 7
6 7 Botswana Carry It / Milk It Meredith 5 of 6 [2]
8 8 Botswana → India Solid / Liquid Gretchen 5 of 5 [3]
9 Trunk / Dunk Meredith 4 of 5
10 9 India → Turkey Columns / Kilos Gretchen 2 of 4
11 10 Turkey → United Kingdom Brains / Brawn Meredith 4 of 4
Average 5.40
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: Meredith decided to forfeit the Roadblock and was issued a 4-hour penalty at the Roadblock site starting from the arrival of the next team.
2: Meredith & Gretchen initially arrived 4th, but they missed their final clue at the end of the Roadblock, Lynn & Alex checked in during that time period, dropping them to 5th.
3: Leg 8 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.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • First team to be eliminated in England.
  • Oldest team ever, 67.5 at the time of filming (tied with Don & Mary Jean).
  • First team to have all of their possessions taken away for finishing last in an Non-Elimination Leg.
  • Highest finish by a team with an age average of over 60, 4th place.
  • Lowest average placing team who came in 4th, 5.40.

Post-Race Life

  • In 2010, it was reported that Meredith, a member of the Easton Club in his hometown, scored a pair of hole-in-ones within a 33-day span.[2]

Interviews

  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (05/05/2005): "Amazing Eldest Couple"
  • Cynthia Wang at People (05/05/2005): "The Amazing Race's Meredith and Gretchen"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide Online (05/08/2005): "Amazing Race's Oldsters Sound Off"

Social Media Profiles

References

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