The Milestone 30th Season of "The Amazing Race" Kicks Off the New Year with Some of the Most Competitive Racers To Date

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01 January 2018
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Amazing Race
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"The Amazing Race"
Season Premiere Wednesday, January 3 at 8 PM ET/PT on CBS

          “You’re a Champion, Prove It” – The milestone 30th season of THE AMAZING RACE kicks off from Washington Square Park in New York City with some of the most competitive and accomplished group of racers ever to take on the Race. Teams travel to their first destination, Iceland, where they must traverse a massive canyon high above the Geitargljufur River, on the season premiere. Phil Keoghan is the host.
 
 
Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

 
CEDRIC & SHAWN
Amazing Race
Name: Cedric Ceballos  
Age: 48
Current occupation: Retired NBA Player
Qualifications: Former NBA All-Star and Slamdunk Champion
 
Name: Shawn Marion
Age: 39
Hometown: Chicago
Connection to teammate: Retired NBA Player
Qualifications: 4-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion 2011
APRIL & SARAH
Amazing Race
Name: April Gould
Age: 39
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Qualifications: Goat Yoga Instructor
Name: Sarah Williams 
Age: 39
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Qualifications: Goat Yoga Instructor
CODY & JESSICA
Amazing Race
Name: Cody Nickson   
Age: 32
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: “Big Brother 19” Power Couple
Name: Jessica Graf   
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: “Big Brother 19” Power Couple 
HENRY & EVAN
Amazing Race
Name: Henry Zhang
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Former President of the Yale Debate Team
Name:  Evan Lynyak
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Top-ranking Female Debater in the World
TREVOR & CHRIS
Amazing Race
Name: Trevor Wadleigh   
Age: 30
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Billboard Chart-Topping Musician in the String Quartet “Well Strung”
Name: Chris Marchant   
Age: 33
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Billboard Chart-Topping Musician in the String Quartet “Well Strung”
ALEX & CONOR
Amazing Race
Name: Alexander Rossi
Age: 26
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Connection to teammate: IndyCar Drivers and Friends
Qualifications: Indianapolis 500 winner 2016
Name: Conor Daly
Age: 25 (26 on 12/15/17)
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Connection to teammate: IndyCar Drivers and Friends
Qualifications: Placed 2nd in the Detroit Grand Prix
DESSIE & KAYLA
Amazing Race
Name: Dessie Mitcheson    
Age: 27
Hometown: Apollo, Pa.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Qualifications: Ring Girl and Instagram Model
Name: Kayla Fitzgerald     
Age: 26
Hometown: Clermont, Fla.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Qualifications: Ring Girl and Instagram Model
JOEY & TIM
Amazing Race
Name: Joey Chestnut  
Age: 33
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Connection to teammate: Friends
Qualifications: World Champion Competitive Eater
Name: Tim Janus
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Connection to teammate: Friend
Qualifications: Former Competitive Eater

KRISTI & JEN
Amazing Race
Name: Kristi Leskinen
Age: 36
Hometown: Uniontown, Pa. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
Connection to teammate: Retired Professional Skiers and Friends
Qualifications: 2nd Place World Champion and 3rd Place X Games Skier
Name:  Jen Hudak
Age: 30
Hometown: Park City, Utah
Connection to teammate: Professional Skiers and Friends
Qualifications: 2-time X Games Gold Medalist & 4-time National Champion
LUCAS & BRITTANY
Amazing Race

Name: Lucas Bocanegra 
Age: 35
Hometown: Miami Springs, Fla. 
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Lifeguard Lieutenant
 

Name: Brittany Austin
Age: 31
Hometown: Miami Springs, Fla. 
Connection to teammate: Dating
Qualifications: Ocean Rescue Lifeguard
ERIC & DANIEL
Amazing Race
Name: Eric Guiffreda
Age: 33
Hometown: Ponchatoula, La.
Connection to teammate: Twin Brothers
Qualifications: Firefighter
Name: Daniel Guiffreda
Age: 33
Hometown: Gonzales, La. 
Connection to teammate: Twin Brothers
Qualifications: Firefighter
 
        THE AMAZING RACE will send these 11 teams on a trek around the world. 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.
 
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