Ousted 'Amazing Race Canada' mother-son duo: 'We were built for this show'

Cormac and Nicole Foster (CTV handout photo)

Cormac and Nicole Foster (CTV handout photo)

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:55 PM ET

Tuesday’s eliminated Amazing Race Canada contestants Nicole and Cormac Foster had a split-second moment to decide who would do that night’s biathlon test. Nicole quickly jumped at the chance to compete in the Roadblock challenge, and it proved to be the frontrunners’ undoing.

In a picturesque Yukon-setting, the Winnipeg mother had to ride a mountain bike around a kilometre-long trail before picking up a rifle to shoot at a set of five circular targets. The team seemed in pretty good shape coming off successful challenges in Hong Kong the weeks before and building a campsite earlier in the episode.

But Nicole completely cracked under the pressure, with her son Cormac watching haplessly as other teams passed them by en route to the next round.

“We were built for this show,” Nicole says in a phone interview the following day. “We were doing well and one decision cut that... We never thought we’d hear (host) Jon (Montgomery) say, ‘You’ve been eliminated.’”

After deciding that Nicole would be the one to complete the biathlon, the mother-and-son team don’t wonder what could have been if Cormac had done the challenge himself.

“We have no idea what would have happened... but it changed the game for us,” Nicole says. Still, she added, it allowed her to display her never-quit spirit for her son – and the rest of Canada. “Finish what you start... run to the mat every time.”

On the episode, viewers watched as Nicole repeatedly tried – and failed 21 times – to complete the test, missing the targets in heartbreaking fashion.

The pair were there for almost four hours after the last Amazing Race duo had completed the challenge.

“I said to Cormac, ‘What happens if it gets dark?’” Nicole recalls. “He said they’d turn on the lights... (The crew) let us run our race.”

The reality show has been popular in their household for 13 years and became something that they dreamed about appearing on.

“We always said if the show came to Canada, we’d be on it,” Cormac says. And if there’s an Amazing Race All-Stars, they’ll jump at the chance to be on that too.

“If they called us tonight, I’d go tomorrow,” Cormac adds.

Although it seems there are other competitors (Sukhi and Jinder and Rex and Bob come to mind) who were weaker, Nicole says all the teams have their strengths.

“Bob and Rex play the game with their minds, you saw that in Hong Kong,” Cormac adds, describing one of the series’ weak links. “But they have world experience and knowledge.”

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