The Amazing Race 2015 Meet the Contestants
The Amazing Race is returning for a special season with a total of 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize. This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever.
Meet The Amazing Race contestants and read their bios below!!
THE AMAZING RACE rounds out a night of reality television when it premieres with a 90-minute episode on Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT), following the premiere of SURVIVOR (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race moves to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan is the host.
“Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates,” said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of THE AMAZING RACE. “Going on a blind date to a restaurant is one thing, but going on a blind date around the world is like rolling the dice in a big way.”
The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.
The couple’s relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.
The dating teams will also have an opportunity throughout the race to win the all-new “Date Night” reward. This allows one lucky couple to enjoy a one-on-one romantic activity, such as a steamy evening at a hot springs resort in Nagano, Japan, or star-gazing at the Bavarian Public Observatory in Munich, Germany.
The Amazing Race 2015 Contestants
ALY DUDEK AND STEVE LANGTON
Name: Aly Dudek
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Relationship Status: Dating
Length of Relationship: 7 months
How did you meet? We met at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where we both competed for the USA in different sports.
Current occupation: Athlete and global spokeswoman
Describe what you do: I am a two-time Olympian and bronze medalist in the sport of short track speed skating and have been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2007. I also travel the world as a spokeswoman for a worldwide nutritional company.
Three words to describe you: Driven, passionate and adventurous.
Favorite hobbies: Traveling, working out and cooking.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Winning an Olympic bronze medal and competing in two Olympic Games.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Kate Hudson – her laugh and sense of humor. But I have been told many times, Robin from “How I Met Your Mother.”
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Superman, or at least that’s what everyone tells me.
What scares you most about traveling? Being abducted.
What excites you most about traveling? Views on this planet I never knew existed, meeting new people, trying new cultures and really getting away from everything I know.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: At the beginning of our relationship, we struggled with communication, but mostly due to wanting to please each other. Luckily, we have had many talks about this and have been closer since.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Those damn plaid, New England-y, coral and patterned shorts he wears! Why?!
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Vietnam – It looks beautiful! Also, Tahiti- I have not traveled to many warm places due to my sport. Also, Costa Rica – I’d like to zipline – and Santorini, the “white island.”
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to travel the world with Steve. We have had many conversations about going on adventures, and I don’t want to do it with anyone else.
How could the Race change the current state of your relationship? We can really learn how each other’s strengths and weaknesses make us better for each other and also better people.
Name: Steven Langton
Relationship Status: Dating
Length of relationship: 7 months
How did you meet? Aly and I met at the 2014 Olympic Games through a teammate of hers and a teammate of mine who were close friends. It was love at first sight!
Current occupation: Olympic Athlete
Describe what you do: My day-to-day consists of racing down an icy shoot and wearing spandex one pieces with my closest buddies. I have competed for the United States National Bobsled team since 2007, representing my country at the last two Olympic Games.
Three words to describe you: Determined, spontaneous and passionate.
Favorite hobbies: Fishing, hiking and traveling.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I’m most proud of winning two Bronze Medals at the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia and double Gold at the 2012 World Championships.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Hugh Jackman, because of his stellar “power beard”-growing ability.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? I’m going to go with Snow White in “Snow White and the Huntsman” because of her tenacity. When she sets her sights on something, watch out!
What scares you most about traveling? Losing my wallet or passport. That would be a bad day.
What excites you most about traveling? Trying new things, exploring exotic places and experiencing new cultures.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: When something is bothering her, I would like her to express her concerns more openly so that we can attack it together.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Sometimes when she gets stressed, rather than use me as support, she tends to block me out.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I’d love to see Thailand for its beautiful beaches, thick jungles and unique culture.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? We both have a passion for traveling and have done so extensively individually. We see the race as an opportunity to see the world together. Competing with my girlfriend and best friend will be the true test of our relationship.
How could the Race change the current state of your relationship? We can start the life and quality of life that we both want sooner than expected. This will be a total make-or-break. If we can make it through this, we can make it through anything.
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