Skip to comments.Woman Gets Smashed In Face By Watermelon, Video
Posted on 01/14/2011 9:11:58 PM PST by OneVike
In this video, you will see a woman who competed in the 17th season of the reality television show, "The Amazing Race", get smashed by a watermelon. "The Amazing Race" is a show that pits teams of two people against each other in a series of challenges that take place all over the world. The race takes the contestants on planes, balloons, helicopters, trucks, bicycles, taxicabs, rental cars, trains, buses, boats, and by foot as they attempt to beat the members of the other teams to "pit stops". All in an attempt win prizes and avoid the possibility of being disqualified for ending in last place. They get clues along the way that provides them with the information they need to reach the next destination or how to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country wherein they are located or its culture. Teams are progressively eliminated until the team that has avoided elimination is the first to complete the last leg of the race and thus wins the a grand prize.
In this video you will see Claire Champlin, who is teamed with her co-host of the Home Shopping Network, Brook Roberts, competing in a stage of the race where only one of the teammates compete in a challenge. Claire's challenge was to use giant catapults to knock over suits of Knight's armor standing down range. With her teammate, Brook, cheering her on, Claire is obviously missing the mark. Then as she revealed in an interview, she pulled the sling back as far as she could and aimed it in such a way that she expected to hit the armor finally. Well, it seems that the leather sling must have slipped around the melon and instead of the melon going down range it was immediately returned to Claire. As you will see in the video, the melon disintegrates as it smashes right into her face. OUCH!
At first Champlin said she didn't know what had happened until her teammate, Roberts came up and started wiping watermelon juice off her face. She told her friend that her whole face was numb. Later she would tell an interviewer that the first thought she had was sure that her television hosting career was over, because she was sure her face was destroyed. Just before the end where you hear Book say, "They don't call it the Amazing Race for nothing", she says some are misunderstanding what was said between the teammates. This is what Brook told ET,
"When she looks at me and goes, 'What do we do now?' It wasn't because 'I don't know what to do next.' It was: 'Are we going to be allowed to continue on because the medical team hasn't cleared us?" That is why you hear me whisper, 'I think we have to finish, as in quit. We were in shock. We didn't know what to do,"
In the same interview with ET last September, Claire revealed that she was married a month after completing the race, and that she was 4 Months pregnant at the time. So by now she would be less then a Month away from giving birth to her first child. Just so every one knows that she has a sense of humor over the whole incident, she told ET,
"I am doing fine, and I thank God it was a watermelon, and not a pineapple. I also want anyone who saw me on the show, and now wonders why I am so big now. No, I did not swallow a watermelon seed, I am pregnant."
No worry though, because the ever present staff was on the situation and within 15 minutes she was feeling better and they allowed them to continue if they wanted. In another interview, this one with Entertainment Weekly Claire said,
"Honestly, I thought I was a lot more injured than I was, and then CBS gave me the go ahead, but if I was ever going to be hit by a watermelon, that was the place to be. The whole staff is top of the line, I was grateful they were right there by my side."
Later when the race was complete and she went home, she said her Mom started referring to her a "Watermelon Girl". To which she now say's,
"I posted that name on my Facebook page. I really thought that I was going to go down in history for so many other things. But if the watermelon is my claim to fame, I guess I'm just going to take it and run with it. A watermelon, it can't hold me back."
(Here is another link to the video)
For anyone who wonders how Claire and Brook finished. They came in 2nd place behind anesthesiologists Nat Strand and Kat Chang who were the first all-female team to win the American edition of the competition. Below is the results for all the contenders, and an explanation to understand it below that.
(Credit goes to Wikipedia for the screen shot above and the description below. )
It looked painful that’s for sure!
Right, Feb 20.
I liked it for the variety of places that they went to. Most of the time the locals were only too glad to chip in and help out the contestants with directions, translation, etc.
This was worth repeating. ;-)
Thanks for the ping!
I saw this while watching the program and was amazed she did not even break her nose. It was awful.
I’m sure glad to hear she wasn’t badly hurt. It’s a funny video but it left me wondering if she was okay.
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