Brook Roberts, Knoxville-based Amazing Race Season 17 Contestant

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(Editor’s note: The entire season of The Amazing Race had been taped before this interview. Due to “spoiler” considerations, Roberts was not able to answer quite a few of our questions. We also learned from another reporter’s questions that Roberts, who’s an on-air host for Jewelry Television, would not be able to be on the air at JTV until she was eliminated from the show broadcast, which begins Sunday, Sept. 26.)

When did you meet your Race teammate, Claire Champlin—the one seen getting hit with a watermelon in so many Amazing Race promos?

Over four years ago, we both worked at GemsTV then. We’ve been best friends ever since.

You’ve only been in Knoxville since June, and you’re used to living in San Diego. Are you in culture shock?

Not at all. The community has really embraced me. It reminds me of my humble hometown of Sutherlin, Ore., with its one stoplight. We rejoiced when we got our first Dairy Queen.

Are you a light packer?

I am now.

Did you used to carry lots of luggage?

I, er, can’t tell you that.

Your Race publicity says you’re an athlete; what’s your sport?

I water ski, snow ski, played defense at volleyball, run track, play basketball—I’m a guard.

You mean point guard? You’re pretty short.

I’m 5’ 6” on a good day. With heels, I’m 5’ 8”, 5’ 9”.

And this is all at Oregon?

Yep, at Sutherlin High.

Those are pretty tall heels you’re wearing right now. Did you wear any during the show?

I can’t tell you that.

You’re going for a $1 million prize. How long would it take you to make the same amount if you don’t win?

I’m on a five-year plan, so hopefully that would still work out.

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