[08/31/11 - 07:01 AM]
CBS Announces the Cast for the New Season of "The Amazing Race," Premiering Sunday, Sept. 25
Said lineup includes "Survivor" alums Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca plus former NFL tight end Marcus Pollard.

[via press release from CBS]


This Season's Cast Includes a Pair of Olympians, Former NFL Tight End, the Youngest Person to Ever Sail Around the World Alone and Two Winners of "Survivor"

Eleven teams will embark on the adventure of a lifetime on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan is the host.

This season, the multi-Emmy Award-winning series sends 11 new Teams on a Race around the globe, making first time visits to exotic locations such as Indonesia, Malawi, Belgium and Denmark. Along the way, Teams will travel through four continents and 20 cities and cover nearly 40,000 miles.

Teams will be tested early and often and met with a new penalty called the "Hazard," which will impact one Team's future on the Race right from the starting line. The global journey sets off from the foothills of Southern California where the Teams' problem solving abilities will be put to the test as they search for clues to their first destination, Taipei, Taiwan. Teams fortunate enough to survive the first leg will find themselves amidst an 8th Century Buddhist temple in Indonesia, riding elephants through the rain forests of Thailand, and racing for their lives when they discover they're facing the series first ever Double Elimination.

This season's cast includes a pair of Olympic snowboarders, twin sisters, an ex-NFL tight end, flight attendants, the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone, two winners of SURVIVOR, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca, and many more.

This fall marks the 10 year anniversary of THE AMAZING RACE, which originally premiered on Sept 5, 2001.

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

Ernie Halvorsen
Age: 29
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Project manager

Cindy Chiang
Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Brand manager

Connection to Teammate: Engaged

Justin Young
Age: 31
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Doctor

Jennifer Young
Age: 26
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Special education teacher

Connection to Teammate: Siblings

Liz Canavan
Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Marketing Assistant

Marie Canavan
Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Soul searching

Connection to Teammate: Twins

Ron Zeitz
Age: 44
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant

Bill Smith
Age: 49
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant

Connection to Teammate: Domestic Partners

Ethan Zohn
Age: 37
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: Change maker

Jenna Morasca
Age: 30
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: TV host/student

Connection to Teammate: Dating

Bill Alden
Age: 63
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Current occupation: Farmer/rancher

Cathi Alden
Age: 62
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Current occupation: College instructor/retired High School principal

Connection to Teammate: Married for 40 Years/Grandparents

Andy Finch
Age: 30
Hometown: Truckee, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder

Tommy Czeschin
Age: 32
Hometown: Crowley Lake, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder

Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Olympic Snowboarders

Amani Pollard
Age: 36
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Business owner

Marcus Pollard
Age: 39
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Retired NFL player/football coach

Connection to Teammate: Married

Kaylani Paliotta
Age: 33
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Cocktail waitress

Lisa Tilley
Age: 32
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Cocktail waitress

Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Vegas Showgirls

Laurence Sunderland
Age: 48
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current occupation: Yacht manager

Zac Sunderland
Age: 19
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current occupation: Record setting boat captain (Zac was the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone)

Connection to Teammate: Father/Son Adventurers

Jeremy Cline
Age: 35
Hometown: Alamo, Calif.
Current occupation: Commercial real estate broker

Sandy Draghi
Age: 33
Hometown: Dublin, Calif.
Current occupation: Nurse practitioner

Connection to Teammate: Dating

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 $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.

  [august 2011]  


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