Gretchen Smith

Gretchen Smith


Easton, Maryland

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Gretchen Smith is one of the oldest competitors in the history of The Amazing Race and was a part of the oldest team with her husband to make the Final Four.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • These were Meredith and Gretchen's finishing positions on The Amazing Race 7:

      Leg 1: (Peru) 6th of 11.
      Leg 2: (Chile) 7th of 10.
      Leg 3: (Argentina) 7th of 9.
      Leg 4: (Argentina) 7th of 8.
      Leg 5: (South Africa) 7th of 7. This was a non-elimination leg
      Leg 6: (Botswana) 5th of 7.
      Leg 7: (Botswana) 5th of 6.
      Leg 8: (India) 4th of 5.
      Leg 9: (Turkey) 2nd of 4.
      Leg 10: (England) 4th of 4--eliminated.

    • Despite making the Final Four, Meredith and Gretchen did not win any legs on The Amazing Race.

    • When she ran the race, Gretchen was 66 years old.

    • Meredith and Gretchen have been featured in many radio and magazine articles and have been interviewed on countless occasions, but are glad to be back to their normal lives. They have also had many speaking invitations.

    • Gretchen is inspired by BJ an Tyler from The Amazing Race 9 and she was amused by Lynn and Alex from their own edition of the race.

    • Gretchen has received fan mail from other countries, from even as far as Australia.

    • Her favorite task on the race was llama herding, while her favorite destinations visited were Botswana and India.

    • Gretchen says that there is someone who she would have rather done the race with, but says that she will never tell who that person is.

    • One of her biggest memories of the race was the fall in South Africa, in which she injured her head.

    • Gretchen helps out by volunteering at a hospice.

    • Meredith and Gretchen remain big fans of The Amazing Race.

    • Outside the race, Gretchen spends most of her time cooking, biking, gardening and golfing.

    • Gretchen describes herself as outgoing, reliable and kind, but she claims that she can get quite loud if she is not happy.

    • Gretchen has two children. One is a boy and the other a girl, named Chris and Cindy respectively.

    • Gretchen is a retired flight attendant and a retired nurse.

    • Although they went so far in the race, Meredith and Gretchen failed to win any leg of the race, and only finished in the Top Three on one occasion.

    • Meredith and Gretchen were the oldest team in the race's history to make the Final Four.

    • Meredith and Gretchen finished fourth on the race.

    • Gretchen ran The Amazing Race in its seventh season with her husband, Meredith.

  • Quotes

    • Gretchen: We were just hoping to get through the first couple legs without embarrassing ourselves and here we are.

    • Gretchen: (after being eliminated from The Amazing Race 7) We've gone further than we could ever dream and we've had more than a million dollars of memories and experiences.

    • Meredith: (reading a clue on Leg 11 of The Amazing Race 7) One team has zero dollars.
      Gretchen: Glad that's not us!

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7) Meredith and I are still staying in the race. Before, my goal was just to stay in one more day, but now my goal is to win the race!

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7) Rob just said "did you get on the earlier flight to Turkey?"
      Uchenna: So obviously there is an earlier flight.

    • Meredith: What are we gonna call this?
      Gretchen: I don't know. Gnome.
      Meredith: Jerome. Jerome the gnome!

    • Gretchen: (rapelling up the fortress on Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7) A 66-year-old shouldn't be doing things like this.

    • Gretchen: (arriving at a hotel) All right! Home sweet home for 8 hours!

    • Gretchen: (at the Kilos Detour on Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7) We want big men! Superman!

    • Gretchen: (after weighing someone at the Detour on Leg 10 of The Amazing Race 7) 58? That's a light-weight!

    • Phil: (to Meredith and Gretchen after they arrived last at what appeared to be a Pit Stop) Give it everything you've got.

    • Gretchen: Meredith! We have a bad elephant. We have a bad elephant.

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 9 of The Amazing Race 7) We have a bad elephant!

    • Gretchen: (at the Detour on Leg 9 of The Amazing Race 7) I never should've gotten in that elephant.
      Meredith: It's okay. You had a good ride!
      Gretchen: I could've helped you push.

    • Gretchen: (as the taxi driver passes Lynn and Alex in Leg 9 of The Amazing Race 7) Good driver! Good driver!

    • Phil: (to Meredith and Gretchen) You guys are the team that never quits!

    • Gretchen: We've gotta do what we can to eliminate these other people.

    • Gretchen: Oh, God. I wish I had a lot of money to give to these poor people.

    • Gretchen: (in Lucknow, India on Leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) There were just mobs of people cheering us on and yelling and clapping and wanting to touch my hand.

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 8 of The Amazing Race 7) Meredith and I never dreamed we'd come this many legs and now the competition is turning into ferocious lions!

    • Meredith: That was crazy. Everyone was pushing and shoving.
      Gretchen: Well get used to it.

    • Gretchen: I thought it was going to be a huge disadvantage that I wasn't twenty and blonde and showing a little cleavage.

    • Gretchen: I'm so happy right now. I got to see the elephant.

    • Phil: (to Meredith and Gretchen at the Pit Stop in Leg 7 of The Amazing Race 7) You're the team that just keeps on going and going and going.
      Gretchen: The old Energizer Bunnies.

    • Gretchen: (after falling in Leg 5 of The Amazing Race 7) Don't worry.
      Meredith: I'll worry.
      Gretchen: I've been wanting a face-lift for a long time.

    • Gretchen: (after she and Meredith are stripped of possessions) All we have are each other now.

    • Gretchen: (after falling in Leg 5 of The Amazing Race 7) I feel like someone took sandpaper and scraped my face, but I'm alive and happy to be alive.

    • Gretchen: We're starting the "Save the Rhino Fund" and that's no "lyin'."

    • Gretchen: (arriving at the Pit Stop on Leg 6 of The Amazing Race 7) Five, Meredith.
      Meredith: That's our best yet.

    • Gretchen: (to Meredith) What a Gaucho you are!

    • Gretchen: This is really bumpy.
      Meredith: I gotta watch the roads.
      Gretchen: And contend with me.

    • Susan: (at the Roadblock on Leg 3 of The Amazing Race 7) I would vomit.
      Gretchen: She's saying "vomit." Oh, God.

    • Meredith: For God's sake.
      Gretchen: We're not going anywhere right now.

    • Gretchen: (at the Detour on Leg 2 of The Amazing Race 7) We have to find the fish first.
      Meredith: Three kilograms. Oh my God.

    • Gretchen: (at the Detour on Leg 2 of The Amazing Race 7) No wonder they did the library books. It doesn't cost anything.

    • Gretchen: (on riding the zip line) This must be what the kids call a "wedgie."

    • Phil: (on Leg 1 of The Amazing Race 7) Meredith and Gretchen, you're Team #6. Does that feel nice?
      Gretchen: Oh, it feels wonderful!

    • Meredith: Gretchen is amazing me not only with her spirit, but with her character.

    • Gretchen: I tell ya', rappelling is gonna be easy, compared to gettin' there.

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 3 of The Amazing Race 7) Honey, are you all right? Do you need some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

    • Gretchen: (going to the airport in Leg 1 of The Amazing Race 7) Doggone it. I think we're headin' away from it. Doggone it. I know we are.

    • Gretchen: (on Leg 1 of The Amazing Race 7) I fell down and I couldn't get up. If we survive this race, it'll be the damnedest phase of our lives.

    • Gretchen: We broke her eggs. How much should we give her, Meredith?
      Meredith: 5 is good.

    • Gretchen: (when asked for her thoughts of the race) It was the most exciting and fabulous adventure of a lifetime for two old grandparents.

  • A wonderful racer.

    Gretchen Smith was a racer on the seventh season of The Amazing Race, and raced with her husband Meredith. The couple reached the Final Four, and became the oldest team to go that far in the race.

    As long as they stayed in, Meredith & Gretchen never actually won any legs of The Amazing Race, and only finished in the Top Three on one occasion.

    I really liked Meredith & Gretchen and they did themselves proud on the race. They are a team to be remembered forever and are an inspiration to viewers. They were a sweet couple and deserved to go really far.moreless