‘The Amazing Race 34’: Aastha and Nina on Their Slow Start and Double Dates With Claire and Derek

Aastha Lal and Nina Duong on 'The Amazing Race' Season 34 stand next to each other in match green shirts and black jackets.
Aastha Lal and Nina Duong on ‘The Amazing Race’ Season 34 | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images


The Amazing Race Season 34 started in Munich, Germany. Aastha Lal and Nina Duong lost some time at the beginning of the race and never caught up. Showbiz Cheat Sheet talked to the couple about their slow start, their new friendship with Big Brother alums, and more over Zoom on Sept. 22, 2022. This is what they had to say.

Aastha and Nina on their slow start for ‘The Amazing Race 34’

[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for The Amazing Race Season 34 premiere.] 

Aastha Lal and Nina Duong on ‘The Amazing Race’ Season 34 | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

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Q: You had a slower start than everyone else. Did you notice everyone passing you?

Aastha: We were trying to be really thorough, right? We remember season 33 where people go out and they they have trouble finding directions because it’s so rural. And like, we were trying to be really smart to get really thorough directions so that we didn’t have to stop and where we could just go, bam, bam, bam. It was only a couple of minutes, but it was only a couple of minutes. But I think that we were a little too thorough.

Nina: I will say, I think, you know, surprisingly, sometimes edits are not the most accurate, but that was pretty accurate because like we just it wasn’t fazing us because, you know, I think previous racers in other seasons, if you watch it, you always learn to like run your own race, don’t follow people, right? So we realized we’re not going to do that. We are going to run our own race. And it doesn’t matter if everybody is just passing us. It doesn’t matter until it mattered.

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Aastha: We’re Asian kids. We were doing our homework, you know.

Q: You said a couple of minutes. How many minutes would you estimate?

Nina: No clue! I have no clue. Do you know?

Aastha: About three minutes.

Nina: I don’t know about that.

Aastha: We end up losing the race by 3 minutes, but I don’t think it was because of that. It was another reason.

Nina: Well, no, I mean, it’s a component of multiple reasons. But anyway, we are going to be on the same page now.

Q: It was shown that Aastha mediates two hours a day. Do you think that level of chill affected your need to

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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