Jon Montgomery (a.k.a. the red-headed Canadian Olympian who chugged that beer and sang the national anthem on the street following his 2010 gold-medal win in Vancouver) has been announced as the Season 1 host of "Amazing Race Canada." Montgomery famously won gold in the skeleton by defeating his opponent by 0.07 seconds.
His real claim to fame came after he accepted his medal, when he marched through a crowd of raucous Canadian fans, drinking from a pitcher of beer and shouting along with the mob. At that moment, he entered the Canadian Olympic canon and won a place in all our hearts.
He is a perfect fit for "Amazing Race Canada" -- he has the athletic background for credibility, as well as the personality to provide levity between oft-intense segments of The Race. Montgomery has been spotted on the course more than once in the past month.
"Amazing Race Canada" is offering the biggest prize in Canadian reality show history. Contestant pairs stand to win a lot of money, two cars and a lot of free travel with Air Canada.
"Amazing Race Canada" is set to premiere on July 15 on CTV at 9 p.m. ET. We'll be recapping episodes here at HuffPost Canada TV for the entire season!
[We included Montgomery in our candidates to be the "Amazing Race Canada" host (as below), so we're patting ourselves on the back right now.]
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He's our #1 pick. He has the chops, the experience, and he's known from coast-to-coast. Strap on your skates, Benny, you're going in.
Strombo might be a bit too serious for this gig, but we can't forget his MuchMusic hosting background and his ability to communicate with any sort of person, whether it's a famous musician or a wingnut on "The Amazing Race Canada."
Jon just recently co-hosted the Canadian iteration of "Wipeout." Even though it's not returning for a second season, we feel that he definitely brought the funny for the short period of time he was on-air.
Canada's pre-eminent pop culture hostess could definitely do the job, as proven by her stint as host of "So You Think You Can Dance Canada." Less crying for this job, though.
Mike 'Pinball' Clemons
C'mon, this guy can lead a CFL team both on the field and off. Surely he can host a reality show.
If Howie wasn't hosting his own new TV show, we think he'd have a chance on this one. A slim chance, but it would be possible. He has just the right blend of seriousness and humour.
Lovable Colin Mochrie would be a welcome face on the mat at the Pit Stops, wouldn't he?
This wrestling starlet-turned-fitness-maven certainly has the physicality factor checked off. On second thought, maybe she should run the race herself!
We can just envision the winners of the race hoisting a big beer stein with Montgomery, toasting to victory.
Warm, bubbly and fun, Rick would be an appealing option for all age groups. He has a ton of experience hosting as well -- from MuchMusic to "ET Canada."
He's sort of perfect for the role: worldly, respected and an over-comer of obstacles. Plus the whole winning personality thing.
This Toronto TV personality has the street cred and affability to help "The Amazing Race Canada" shine.
Iconic Canadian host? Check. Knowledge of Canada and Canadian locations? Check. Witty and sarcastic? Oh yes.
Ed The Sock
All we're saying is that it would be funny. Poking fun at the contestants would add a whole new dimension to the show.
Former MTV host and current CBC host Jones is funny and charismatic, and he has that whole "host" look going on. We just aren't sure if he'll be able to tone down the schticky comedy for an hour-long gig.
'Memba Nam? She was a host on MuchMusic for a while, and then left to pursue her dreams as a journalist -- born in Uganda and quite the traveller, her worldliness would come in handy as host.
Toronto's beloved weatherman on Citytv, Frankie Flowers has that everyman quality that makes him right for the job.
A former host on OMNI TV and Breakfast TV host in Winnipeg, Chen is funny, insightful and definitely into reality TV -- she even wrote recaps of "The Bachelor Canada"!
This dude is hilarious, experienced and pretty well-known to Canadians. If "The Amazing Race Canada" is looking for humour, the producers don't really need to look any further.
Formerly of Toronto, Kuss moved to BC to join CTV News as the weatherman. This guy dressed up as "partly cloudy" once for Halloween -- he has our vote for host.
Famous for his Olympics marijuana dust-up (and that little gold medal thing), Rebagliati is a warm personality who Canadians can cozy up to. Just don't take this show to Amsterdam. Or BC.
The first female gold medal winner of ski cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, McIvor has the looks, charm and respect of the entire nation. Might as well give her a host job, no?
Hockey players (even former ones) don't really do that much nowadays, aside from various alumni events ... right? Let's give Linden some work! Plus he's some eye candy for the ladies.