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'Amazing Race's Claire Champlin: Mom Now Calls Me 'Watermelon Girl'

'Amazing Race' contestant Claire Champlin, who will never live down being hit in the face with a watermelon, says she didn't know what happened until her partner came up and started wiping watermelon juice off her face.

"Honestly, I thought I was a lot more injured than I was, and then CBS gave me the go ahead to continue," explains Champlin, who was grateful that the medical staff was close by.

"If I was ever going to be hit by a watermelon, that was the place to be. The whole staff is top of the line, I was grateful they were right there by my side."

Champlin reveals less than 15 minutes went by between the time she was in the face and when she decided to resume the race.

"I just think it was a freak accident," she says. "Everybody said if I tried to do it again, there is no possible way I could. I'm not even going to attempt it. I thought I was going to go down in history for so many other things."

"But if the watermelon is my claim to fame, I guess I'm just going to take it and run with it. A watermelon, it can't hold me back."

"My mom refers to me as watermelon girl. She posted it on her Facebook page."

Champlin finished the first leg of the race in fifth place with teammate and fellow Home Shopping TV host Brook Roberts.

September 29, 2010 |

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