'Amazing Race' Season 22 Winners Reveal Plans for Their $1 Million Prize
Hockey brothers Bates and Anthony Battaglia talk to THR about winning the CBS reality competition. Plus, the other final four teams weigh in on their own performances.
This might be Bates and Anthony Battaglia's biggest score yet.
The hockey-playing brothers,who hail from Raleigh, N.C., were named the winners of The Amazing Race at the end of Sunday's two-hour season 22 finale.The finish wasn't even close as Bates, 36, and Anthony, 33, dominated the final leg to easily take home the $1 million prize in a season that took them to 10 countries on five continents and more than 30,000 miles traveled.
In a lively interview Monday -- where only about half their answers were serious -- the two jokesters talked to The Hollywood Reporter about what the plan to do with the money and what's next for the duo.
The Hollywood Reporter: You clearly were the frontrunners in the final leg, but did it seem that way to you as you were in the middle of it?
Anthony: It always felt like [the other teams] were right on our heels. We were so scared [another team] was going to catch up. It didn't feel like we were ahead of everybody.
Bates: Early on, as soon as we started, I thought, "Man, we have a good chance at winning this thing." Then it was a lot tougher than it looked. About halfway through, we were like, this is pretty tough.
THR: How did the experience compare to anything you've done in the hockey rink? [Bates previously played for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs, while Anthony currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc.]
Anthony: We got to use a lot of our muscles.
Bates: A lot more than muscles -- also our good looks.
THR: How does the win rank among your sports accomplishments? [With the Hurricanes, Bates made it to the Stanley Cup final.]
Bates:It's a lot tougher than it looks. I played in the finals, but that something where you know what you're up against. But in the race, you have no idea what's coming up.
Anthony: For me, this was like my Stanley Cup.
THR: How do you plan to spent the $1 million?
Bates: I'm going to try to buy Anthony some new teeth.
Anthony: But man, I'm so cute in those teeth. No complaints so far.
Bates: He's saving a lot on dental floss.
Anthony: I'm just using rope.
THR: Did the teeth give you any issues while you were on the race?
Anthony: Those teeth made it all the way around the world. I got new ones, a new flipper, and I look even more amazing than usual.
Bates: After we won, we became very modest.
THR: You had a close alliance with [fourth-place finishers] Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle. Are you still in touch with them?
Anthony: We're still friends with Caroline and Jen -- they're our "race girlfriends." We're still friends, but we had to move on. They just wouldn't give it up, you know? We needed a little more than a kiss on the cheek.
THR: What was the hardest thing about being on the race?
Anthony: The unpredictability of the show. You don't know what's coming up next. As hockey players, you know what's coming up -- there are set practices, meals and everything. But [on the race], you never knew what was coming up next.
THR: Was there any memorable or funny moment in the final leg that viewers didn’t get to see?
Bates: The two of us, no joke, were the funniest people on the show.
Anthony: That's ever been on the show. We should have our own show: hashtag "hockeybrothersdoamerica.com."
THR: This has been a pretty entertaining interview. Have you seriously thought about pitching the idea for another show?
Anthony [joking]: It's out there. I think [Amazing Race executive producer] Jerry Bruckheimer is going to pick it up: hashtag "moneymaker."
Read on to see what the rest of the final four teams had to say about their time on The Amazing Race.