Hope Sinks for Best Friends Shahla and Nabeela, the First Team Eliminated in the Action-Packed Season 2 Premiere of CTV's THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

- Olympic gold medallists Natalie and Meaghan take the first leg set in Victoria and seize the coveted Double Express Pass -
- Next week: Teams race to the surfing capital of Canada, Tofino, B.C. -
- Viewers also get an exclusive look behind-the-scenes of Season 2 on the new special: ETALK AND THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: ON THE ROAD AGAIN -

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TORONTO, July 8, 2014 /CNW/ - It was a chilling end for best friends Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday in tonight's Season 2 premiere of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA. The pair, who reside in the Toronto-area, failed to complete the challenge in the flood training simulator at the Damage Control School of CFB Esquimalt in Victoria. They became the first team eliminated at the Pit Stop at Fisgard Lighthouse on the historic Fort Rodd Hill.

The best friends' hopes of staying in the race officially sank when they took a penalty while the chamber filled with frigid water. "We hope we did our families and our friends proud," said Shahla. "We're proud of ourselves and that's the most important thing."  "This was an incredibly unique Canadian experience," added Nabeela, "we're happy to have been a part of it."

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Episode 201 Recap
In the Season 2 opener, 11 teams gathered at the foot of a glacier in Jasper National Park and made their way to Calgary. After an icy zip line at Winsport Canada Olympic Park, Teams made their way to Victoria on three separate flights. Once there, they encountered a skydiving challenge, were steeped in a traditional tea service challenge, then made their way to CFB Esquimalt naval base where they were put in a training room and subjected to a simulated below deck flood. Canada's National Women's Hockey Team members Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson continued their win streak from Sochi 2014 and took the first leg of Season 2. Host Jon Montgomery greeted them at the Pit Stop with the Double Express Pass - one to use, and one to give to another team by the end of the fifth leg. The teammates also won two round trip tickets from Air Canada to any of their South American destinations, plus $2,000 on their Scotiabank Gold American Express Card. "You two are first," said Jon to his fellow gold medallists, "but you're gonna have to work wicked hard to stay there."

Last night's episode will encore this Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, July 13 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO - and is also now available on demand at CTV GO. All-new episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.

On Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, viewers can get an exclusive look into the second season of the most-watched Canadian television series on record with the new half-hour special: ETALK AND THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: ON THE ROAD AGAIN. ETALK host Devon Soltendieck talks winning strategies with the racers and joins host Jon Montgomery to compete in the challenges of the first leg of the race.

Next Week:

On the next thrilling episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Tuesday, July 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), teams race to the surfing capital of Tofino, B.C. As the race heats up, some of the teams start to lose their cool. At the Detour, things turn a little fishy, while some teams struggle not to wipe out from the race.

The 10 remaining teams competing for the biggest grand prize in Canadian television history are:

  • Pierre and Michel - Twin Brothers, Montreal
  • Alain and Audrey - Dating, Montreal
  • Mickey and Pete - Best Friends, Muskoka, Ont.
  • Sukhi and Jinder - Siblings, Terrace, B.C.
  • Natalie and Meaghan - Teammates, Scarborough, Ont. and Calgary
  • Rex and Bob - Engaged, Ashburn, Ont.
  • Laura and Jackie - Married, Toronto
  • Jen and Shawn - Married, Halifax
  • Ryan and Rob - Co-Workers, Vancouver
  • Cormac and Nicole - Mother and Son, Winnipeg

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