'Amazing Race' Season 23 Teams Revealed

The Hollywood Reporter

CBS on Wednesday announced the 11 teams that will compete for the $1 million prize on the 23rd season of The Amazing Race.

Among the teams are former NFL teammates, married ER doctors, theater performers, childhood friends, baseball wives and NHL ice crew girls. The teams will travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles. Challenges will call for them to paraglide over Iquique, Chile, subject themselves to a freezing water plunge in Norway and take part in Formula One Racing in Abu Dhabi.      

PHOTOS: ‘Amazing Race’ Season 23: Meet the 11 Teams Competing for $1 Million

This season also will bring back the “double express pass” twist that was introduced last season, in which the first team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two “express passes” -- one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another team by the end of the fifth leg of the race.

The reality competition series is set to premiere at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, with Emmy-nominated host Phil Keoghan returning. The series will vie for its 10th Emmy in the reality competition program category at next month’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

The complete list of teams can be found below (to see individual photos of each team, click here).

Name: Hoskote Venkatesh
Age: 60
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: ER Doctor

Name: Naina Venkatesh
Age: 27
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation:Fitness Instructor 

Connection: Father/Daughter

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Name: Jason Case
Age: 33
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.
Current occupation: Owner of a Snowplow Company

Name: Amy Diaz
Age: 29
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current occupation: Social Media Manager

Connection: Dating

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Name: Leo Temory
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown:Los Angeles 
Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group)

Connection: Cousins

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Name:Tim Wiyninger
Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.  
Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator

Name: Daniel “Danny” Merkey
Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla. 
Current occupation: Oil Field Operator

Connection: Best Friends

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Name:  Rowan Joseph
Age: 56
Hometown:  Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation:  Actor, Producer, Director and Voiceover Artist

Name: Shane Partlow
Age: 47
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation: Actor/ Producer

Connection: Theater Performers. They call themselves the “Queens of Bingo.”

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Name: Brandon Squyres  
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Contractor 

Name: Adam Switzer
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Eco-friendly farmer

Connection: Childhood Friends

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Name: Allison “Ally” Mello
Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL’s L.A. Kings Ice Crew Girl

Name: Ashley Covert
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL’s L.A. Kings Ice Crew Girl

Connection: L.A. Kings Ice Crew 

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Name: Nicole Jasper
Age: 39
Hometown: Atlanta
Current occupation: ER Physician  

Name: Travis Jasper
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta
Current occupation: ER Physician

Connection: Married ER Doctors

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Name: Nicole “Nicky” Getz
Age: 27
Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City and Troy, Mich.
Current occupation: Baseball Wife/Training to be a Pilates Instructor
*Married to Chris Getz, who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals (currently)

Name: Kim DeJesus 
Age: 32
Hometown: Chicago  
Current occupation: Baseball Wife
*Married to David DeJesu,s who played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently) 

Connection: Baseball Wives

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Name: Timothy Sweeney
Age: 32
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Sports Marketing 

Name: Marie “Reebs” Mazzocchi
Age: 29
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner

Connection: Exes

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Name: Chester Pitts II
Age: 33
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Current occupation: Sports Analyst for Texans Insider/Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.
*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks for  more than 10 years in the NFL

Name: Ephraim Salaam
Age: 36
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation: Co-host of Fox Sports Live.
*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons for 13 years in the NFL

Connection: Former NFL Teammates

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