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The Amazing Race Season Premiere Preview: “We’re Not In Oklahoma No More” [VIDEO and PHOTOS] 

Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS
Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS

I love this show, but I had to take a few seasons off. Traveling is one of my passions and it’s so interesting to see how the dynamics of each and every one of these teams change and often break down as they race around the world. Winning 1 million dollars is a powerful motivator, but traveling under such stressful circumstances can put any relationship to the test. To put it bluntly, I was tired of the bickering. But now I’m intrigued enough to want to tune back in. I love all the exotic locales the teams travel to and the challenges in each location are always interesting. Who would I like to see win that money? I’m not sure yet, but I’m really looking forward to seeing where these teams will travel and how their dynamics will change.From CBS: 

With the Double Express Pass on the line, teams depart for their first destination, Iquique, Chile, where one racer must face their fear of heights.

Season 23 of The Amazing Race premieres Sunday, September 29th at 8/7c on CBS.


Meet the Teams:


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All photos credited to Trae Patton/CBS and Robert Voets/CBS.

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

 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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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.” 

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

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

Connection: LA Kings Ice Crew

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

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

Connection: Married ER Doctors

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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 DeJesus who played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently) 

Connection: Baseball Wives

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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

We�re Not In Oklahoma No More

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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