Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Amazing Race Returns and Ups the Ante with Skydiving

It will be a first for the Amazing Race when the latest crop of daredevils and world travelers are confronted with their inaugural "roadblock," skydiving.   When the CBS series returns this Sunday night to begin its 20th season, the racers will head from Santa Barbara, California to Santa Barbara, Argentina, where they will find themselves leaping from an airplane at 10,000 feet.

11 teams make up this contest, which will again be hosted by the unbelievably dry and dull Phil Keoghan.  The overall winning team, having survived elimination throughout, gets $1 million.

The Amazing Race sends teams on a trek around the world. Each Team is comprised of two people who have a standing relationship with one another. At each destination, teams compete in a series of challenges — some mental,some physical.  When the tasks are completed, they head for their next destination. 
Divorcees who are dating, Vanessa Macias, 31,
and Ralph Kelley, 36, from San Antonio, TX.  She's a freelance
writer; he's
a bar owner.

Married Clowns, Dave and Cherie Gregg,
both 44 from New Port Richey, FL.

Cousins Kerri Paul and Stacy Bowers,
both 30, from Gulfport, MS. Kerri is a
program coordinator and Stacy is a self-
employed "basketball wife."
Rachel and Dave Brown, 30 and 33,
from Madison, WI. He's an officer in the U.S.Army;
she's a project manager.
Best friends William "Bopper" Minton, 41, and
Mark Jackson, 45, from Manchester, KY.  Bopper
is a motorcycle mechanic; Mark is a former
state inspector.
Engaged couple Brendon Villegas, 31, and
Rachel Reilly, 27, from Westwood, CA. 
She's an event hostess; he's a Ph.D. student.
Sisters Misa and Maiya  Tanaka, 27 and 25,
from San Diego.  Misa is a car buyer; Maiya is
a professional golfer.

Twins Elliot and Andrew Weber, 28.  Elliot is a
musician from Scottsdale, AZ; Andrew is a professional
soccer player from Menlo Park, CA.

Friends Joey "Fitness" Lasalla, 29, and
Danny Horal, 27.  Joey, from Whitestone, NY,
is a personal trainer and Danny, from Holbrook, NY,
is a nightclub promoter.
Friends and Border Patrol Agents Art Velez,
43, and J.S. Carrell, 42, from California.
Friends and Federal Agents Nary Ebeid, 32,
and Jamie Graetz, 33, from Los Angeles.

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