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'Race' Bids 'Arrivederci' To 'Pinkies'

The brash New Yorkers nicknamed "The Pinkies" and the "Double D's," who got the boot from "The Amazing Race 9" in Tuesday night's episode, say they were misled by Lake and Michelle.

Childhood friends and recent college grads Dani Torchio and Danielle Turner, both 22 and from the New York City borough of Staten Island, pulled up the rear as the eight remaining teams ventured from Germany to Italy.

According to the show's official Web site: "A computer made all the difference for best friends BJ & Tyler, who kept their lead throughout the leg after being the only Team to book tickets online on the earliest flight to Palermo, Italy. When a ticketing mistake put married parents Lake & Michelle in last place, they managed to pull ahead of childhood friends Danielle & Dani just long enough to Yield them. The Yield allowed dating couple Ray & Yolanda to pass Danielle & Dani, who became the fourth Team eliminated from the race.

"… Arriving at the mat in last place, childhood friends Danielle & Dani joked, 'Just tell us Phil.' "

Indeed, the pair had been eliminated from "The Amazing Race." On the experience, Dani said: "We've learned more in the race than people learn in a lifetime about themselves. We definitely have strong minds and big hearts. We're the Double D's from New York."

For details on Tuesday's episode, , click here.

They say Ray and Yolanda were five to 10 minutes ahead of them at the end, but Lake and Michelle had misled them, saying Ray and Yolanda were behind them. They say they thought they were friends with Lake and Michelle, so Lake and Michelle should have yielded Ray and Yolanda, not them.

On The Early Show Wednesday, Dani told (video)co-anchor Julie Chen participating in the race "definitely made our friendship stronger. I think we look at each other with a different respect right now, and a different level. Danielle definitely helped me through some times that were really stressful."

Danielle said it worked both ways: "I never thought I'd break down as much as I did toward the end. And she was so good, making me feel better about it."

"Now we share something most best friends can't say they share," Dani concurred.

What's next for them?

"We've always wanted to do something in television or entertainment, so maybe this is our steppingstone," Danielle suggested.

"At the end of everything, there's definitely something new!" Dani concluded.

The Early Show and Travelocity can make you the star your own reality trip, giving you and a friend the chance to visit this season's "Amazing Race" destinations. To enter the "Around the World With The Amazing Race" contest, click here.
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