“My immediate focus was just trying to get the ones that I knew up in the air,” Kilmer-Purcell said. “And once I got those up in the air, I played around with the ones that I sort of knew, that I could figure out.”
But then he realized the truth of the test.
“The only way to solve that problem was literally try every mathematical combination of flags,” he said. “That was a tough moment, because I knew it was going to take hours.”
Competitor Alexis “Lexi” Beerman of Texas broke down during that test, Kilmer-Purcell said.
“I could see she was struggling,” he said. “I think she just had the same moment I did, when you realize there is no quick solution to this, in that it was literally going to be hours of struggle to get it right. And I think she just had a hard time accepting that.”
Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge have invited all of their competitors to their wedding this spring in Sharon Springs.
They downplayed any deeper meaning their victory had in advancing gay rights.
“I think what’s great is that the show shows us as just another couple competing on the race and our strengths that come from a 14-year relationship, just like anyone,” Kilmer-Purcell said.