CBS Announces Cast for 21st Installment of 'The Amazing Race'

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August 29th, 2012

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This Season’s Cast Includes a Heavy Metal Rocker, a Double Amputee Professional Snowboarder, a World Champion Lumberjack, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” and Chippendales Dancers


In a Series First, This Season’s Teams Have the Opportunity to Win the Largest Grand Prize Ever, $2 Million Dollars 


Click Here to Meet the Cast


CHEAT TWEET: The #AmazingRace returns 9/30 w/ Chippendales dancers, a heavy metal rocker, a double amputee, & the biggest twist ever


CBS announced today the 11 teams that will travel the world on a global adventure for the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan is the host.


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


This season, which marks the 21st race around the world for the series, will introduce a new twist to the game that will raise the stakes for the entire season. If the Team that wins the first leg of the season can outrace the other 10 Teams and win the final leg of the Race, they will double their money and win a $2 million grand prize instead of $1 million.


Teams will travel through three continents, nine countries and cover more than 25,000 miles, where they’ll be faced with a 10-story rappel in Los Angeles, frying an egg on their heads in Indonesia, working as “rat collectors” in Bangladesh and revisiting one of the Race’s most infamous Roadblocks in the Netherlands in this season’s “Switchback.”


This season’s cast includes a pair of Chippendales dancers, married monster truckers, a world champion lumberjack, a double amputee professional snowboarder and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (“The Fabulous Beekman Boys”).


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


Name: Natalie Anderson

Age: 26

Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.

Current occupation: Physical Therapy Student


Name: Nadiya Anderson

Age: 26

Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.

Current occupation: Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace



Connection: Twin Sisters




Name: Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Age: 43

Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.

Current occupation: Goat Farmer/Advertising Executive/Author


Name: Brent Ridge

Age: 38

Hometown: Sharon Springs, N.Y.

Current occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Beekman 1802


Connection: Goat Farmers/Life Partners





Name: Rob French

Age: 46

Hometown: Boston, Ga.

Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver


Name: Kelley Carrington-French

Age: 50

Hometown: Boston, Ga.

Current occupation: Professional Monster Truck Driver


Connection: Married Monster Truckers





Name: Trey Wier

Age: 23

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current occupation: Land Consultant/Former College Athlete



Name: Alexis “Lexi” Beerman

Age: 22

Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas

Current occupation: Clothing Designer


Connection: Dating





Name: James LoMenzo

Age: 53

Hometown: Burbank, Calif.

Current occupation: Professional Musician/

Former Band Member of White Lion and Megadeth


Name: Mark “Abba” Abbattista

Age: 45

Hometown: Denver, Colo.

Current occupation: Entertainment Lawyer


Connection: Friends


Name: Abbie Ginsberg

Age: 31

Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.

Current occupation: Dance Instructor/Choreographer


Name: Ryan Danz

Age: 35

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Current occupation: Financial Service Company Owner


Connection: Dating Divorcees





Name: Jaymes Vaughan

Age: 30

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current occupation: Chippendales MC


Name: James Davis

Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Current occupation: Chippendales Dancer


Connection: Chippendales Dancers/Best Friends





Name: Rob Scheer

Age: 52

Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska

Current occupation: Lumberjack and Entrepreneur


Name: Sheila Castle

Age: 44

Hometown: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Current occupation: Retail Manager


Connection: Engaged





Name: Caitlin King

Age: 24

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Current occupation: Special Ed Teacher


Name: Brittany Fletcher

Age: 25

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Current occupation: Medical Device Sales


Connection: Best Friends





Name: Gary Wojnar

Age: 52

Hometown: Livonia, Mich.

Current occupation: Substitute Teacher


Name: Will Chiola

Age: 53

Hometown: Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Current occupation: Substitute Teacher


Connection: Best Friends/Substitute Teachers





Name: Amy Purdy

Age: 32

Hometown: Summit County, Colo.

Current occupation: Motivational Speaker/Snowboarder

(Amy is a double amputee)


Name: Daniel Gale

Age: 36

Hometown: Summit County, Colo.

Current occupation: Executive Director


Connection: Dating On and Off


THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world.  Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.  At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges — some mental and some physical — and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination.  Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.


Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are the executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions.  THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.


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  • USAmerica1st

    Another interesting, diverse cast for another romp around the world.

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