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21st Time's the Charm
A Milwaukee native and his partner win big on the 21st season of "The Amazing Race"

Milwaukee-area native Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge became winners of the 21st season of CBS’s hit reality show “The Amazing Race” last night.

In a race that took them to China, Bangladesh, Russia and several other foreign locations, the couple of 15 years managed to come from the back of the pack, overcoming near elimination several times, to win the $1 million prize.

After working as executives in New York City for several years, they were forced to find new careers in 2008’s economic crisis. Their solution: Open up a goat farm. They succeeded and have created a brand that sells food, wine, garden and home products. That never-give-up attitude proved helpful through their entire trip.

“While I grew up in a small town - Oconomowoc - I had an excellent early education in its public schools,” Kilmer-Purcell said in a statement. “I was taught that there were no limits in my world, as long as I always worked to the best of my abilities and played well with others. I brought both of those strategies to the ‘Amazing Race.’”

The pair continued to play nice on their website and thanked everyone who helped them on their travels and, in true holiday spirit and thanks to the other racers, baked and decorated adorable gingerbread cookies to look like their fellow competitors. The image to the left is of Amy (self-described “Fembot”) and Daniel (Executive Director of Adaptive Action Sports Organization).

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