THE AMAZING RACE is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award-nominated host Phil Keoghan, where teams of two embark on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning THE AMAZING RACE and the $1 million prize. The 30th season of THE AMAZING RACE will premiere during the 2017-2018 television season on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R, Top Row: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Tim "Eater X" Janus, Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf, Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin, Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly; Middle Row: Kristi Leskinen and Jen hudak, Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, Daniel and Eric Guiffreda; Bottom Row: Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant, April Gould and Sarah Williams, Evan Lynyak and Henry Zhang, Dessie Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald.
Tonight is the season 30 premiere of The Amazing Race, with a whole new cast of contestants competing for a $1 million prize. Each of the 11 teams will venture across the world, competing in different challenges, in hopes of making it to the end. There are athletes, musicians, fitness enthusiasts and fierce competitors in the mix this season. Get to know each contestant and the teams below.
Both Ceballos and Marion are retired NBA players and Ceballos was a slam dunk champion. Both were NBA All-Stars, though Marion earned the title four times. Their team name is Team Slam Dunk. Marion talked about his experience on the show to the Chicago Tribune, saying, “This is one of the shows that you really got to want to do. People love watching it, but to do it? It was more challenging than people think.”
These two women make up Team Goat Yoga since they are both Goat Yoga Instructors. So, what is goat yoga, exactly? It’s a trend that’s been expanding over the past year, according to CNN. Goat yoga instructor Lainey Morse explains why the concept works, maintaining that, “Goats are perfect for the yoga practice because it’s not only combining nature and animals, it’s combining yoga, and they all go together so well.”
Team Yale is made up of Evan Lynyak and Henry Zhang. Both reside in Los Angeles, California currently and appear to know each other from college. They are also dating. Zhang was the president of the Yale debate team, while Lynyak was a top-ranking female debater in the world in 2016, according to CBS.
Wadleigh and Marchant are Team Well Strung, which is a play on their classical music backgrounds. The two are dating and hail from New York City. They are also both chart-topping musicians from the string quartet “Well Strung”.
These two guys are Indy car drivers as well as friends, which is why their team name is Team Indy Car. In 2016, Rossi was the Indianapolis 500 winner, while Daly came in second place in the Detroit Grand Prix. Daly was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 14 and he told USA Today that he hasn’t let it slow him down.
As ring girls and Instagram models, Mitcheson and Fitzgerald have chosen Team Ring Girls for their team name. They come into the competition as friends and, according to Sports Illustrated, both of them made it as top 15 finalists for SI Swimsuit’s first-ever open casting event. As for how the two met, Fitzgerald says, “Dessie and I met about 6 years ago during a swimsuit competition in Vegas. We immediately hit it off and have been best friends ever since. Being on the show, I think we both realized how strong our friendship is and being able to experience it together definitely brought us closer! The Amazing race gave us memories that we can cherish forever and I wouldn’t have done it with anyone else!”
Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak make up Team Extreme this season. Both of them are professional skiers, though Leskinen has retired. In Leskinen’s career, she scored as a second place World Champion and a third place X Games skier, according to CBS.
Twin brothers Daniel and Eric Guiffreda are The Firefighters this season and, of course, they both work as firefighters outside of the show. When it comes to this competition, Daniel tells CBS that other than winning money, he hopes for, “A chance to reconnect [with Eric] outside of the work environment, (we work at the same place) and put everything we have into accomplishing the same goal.”
The Amazing Race premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS network. To check out how to watch the show online via live stream, click the below link.