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Team Chippendales dances through injury for first ‘Amazing Race’ win



James Davis and Jaymes Vaughan compete on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

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Jaymes Vaughan, left, and James Davis, right, compete on CBS' "The Amazing Race" on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

It could easily have been a choreographed, military-style dance at Chippendales in the Rio, but this was dancing for real with soldiers from the Russian Army. The routine was one of the challenges facing contestants on Sunday night’s episode of “The Amazing Race” on CBS, and the cliffhanger to end the previous week’s first set of escapades in cold and rainy Moscow.

Our Chippendale dancers Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis proved their metal -- and when they go to battle, they win! Despite being in agony from a bad ankle injury, James soldiered on, screaming in pain as a medic was brought in for aid. The extra weight and dancing stress on the ankle had weakened it, and it had to be bandaged for support and strength.

However, Jaymes and James, in their uniforms, danced on through the discomfort and had other cast members and the Soviet servicemen and servicewomen applauding their military maneuvers. James wound up hopping on one leg for the remainder of the episode.

At the end of last night’s show, Team Chippendales placed first against their competing teams for the first time since the hit series began its Season 21 eight weeks ago. They were all smiles when they learned that they’d won and landed the prize of a trip to Costa Rica. It also meant that they will be back to compete on next week’s show.

We’ll have that recap a week from today.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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