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"Amazing Race" Cast Announced

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 23, 2013

The official word: CBS announced today the 11 teams that will embark on a sprint around the globe for $1 million dollars on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” nine times in the past 10 years. 

This season, which marks the 22nd race around the world for the series, will introduce a new twist to the game in which the first Team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two “Express Passes” – one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another Team by the end of the fourth leg of the Race.

Teams will travel more than 30,000 miles, over five continents and through nine countries as they skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland. 

This season’s diverse cast includes twin brothers who are both OB/GYNs, father/son cancer survivors, Southern firefighters, roller derby moms and female country singers.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

 

Name: Idries Abdur-Rahman

Age: 36

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

 

Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman

Age: 36

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

 

Connection: Twin Doctors

 

 

 

 

Name: Max Bichler

Age: 30

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Current occupation: Cigar Sales

 

Name: Katie Bichler

Age: 24

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Current occupation: Pharmacist

 

Connection: Newlyweds

 

 

 

 

Name: Mona Egender

Age: 33

Hometown: Castle Pines, Colo.

 

 

Current occupation: Captioner/Roller Derby Player

 

Name: Beth Bandimere

Age: 36

Hometown: Arvada, Colo.

Current occupation: Tech Support/Roller Derby Player

Connection: Roller Derby Moms 

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Name: Bates Battaglia

Age: 36

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current occupation: Former Professional Hockey Player

(Played for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs)

 

Name: Anthony Battaglia

Age: 33

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Current occupation: Professional Hockey Player

(Currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc)

 

Connection: Hockey Brothers

 

 

Name: Chuck McCall

Age: 46

Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

Current occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

 

Name: Wynona McCall

Age:  49

Hometown: Daphne, Ala.

Current occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist

 

Connection: Married

 

 

Name: David O’Leary

 

Age: 58

Hometown: Salt Lake City 

Current occupation: Investment Properties

 

Name: Connor O’Leary

Age: 21

Hometown:  Salt Lake City

Current occupation: Professional Cyclist

 

Connection: Father/Son (Both Cancer Survivors)

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Name: Caroline Cutbirth

Age: 29

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)

*Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone

 

Name: Jennifer Kuhle

Age: 30

Hometown: Nashville

Current occupation: Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)

*Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne 

 

Connection: Friends/Country Singers

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Name: Joey Graceffa

Age: 21

Hometown: Los Angeles  

Current occupation: YouTube Host

Internet Personality Joey's YouTube Channel

 

Name: Meghan Camarena

Age: 25

Hometown: Los Angeles 

Current occupation: YouTube Host

Internet Personality Meghan's YouTube Channel

 


Connection: Friends/YouTube Hosts

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Name: Pamela Chien

Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Art Director and Fitness Instructor

 

Name: Winnie Sung

Age: 29

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current occupation: Senior Project Manager

 

Connection: Best Friends

 

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Name: Jessica Hoel

Age: 26

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Current occupation: Account Manager

 

Name: John Erck

Age: 27

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer Programmer

 

Connection: Dating

 

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Name: Matthew Davis

Age: 25

Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.

Current occupation: Firefighter

 

Name: Daniel Moss

Age: 24

Hometown: Gaffney, S.C. 

Current occupation: Firefighter

Connection:  Best Friends/Firefighters


 

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