Posted: 3:16 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
By Dan Clarendon
CBS has revealed the 22 globe-trotting contestants who will race around the world for a $1 million prize on Season 23 of The Amazing Race.
The teams below will paraglide in Chile, plunge into freezing Norwegian waters, and compete in an Abu Dhabi-set Formula One race — among other challenges spanning nine countries in four continents.
The 23rd go-round of the hit CBS show will also bring back the "Double Express Pass," which grants the first team at the specified pit stop two challenge-skipping tickets: one for themselves and one for a team of their choosing.Here's all the deets about the cast members you see above, listed from top to bottom, left to right. Tune in to CBS on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. ET for the start of the international marathon.Top Row
Name: Chester Pitts II (33), Ephraim Salaam (36)
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas; Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation: Sports analyst/executive consultant, Fox Sports Live
Connection: Former Houston Texans teammates
Name: Rowan Joseph (56), Shane Partlow (47)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation: Actor, producer, director and voiceover artist; actor/producer
Connection: Theater performers named the "Queens of Bingo"
Name: Jamal Zadran (26), Leo Temory (26)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: CEO/owner of Zadran Investment Group, entrepreneur/restaurateur
Name: Brandon Squyres (34), Adam Switzer (34)
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Contractor, eco-friendly farmer
Connection: Childhood friends
Name: Nicole Jasper (39), Travis Jasper (43)
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: ER physicians
Connection: Married doctors
Name: Daniel "Danny" Merkey (25), Tim Wiyninger (26)
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.
Current occupation: Oilfield operator, oilfield plant operator,
Connection: Best friends
Name: Nicole "Nicky" Getz (27), Kim DeJesus (32)
Hometown: Kansas City and Troy, Mich.; Chicago
Current occupation: Kansas City Royals baseball wife/pilates instructor-in-training, Tampa Bay Rays baseball wife
Connection: Baseball wives
Name: Timothy Sweeney (32), Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi (29)
Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
Current occupation: Sports marketing, fitness trainer/gym owner
Name: Jason Case (33), Amy Diaz (29)
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.; Providence, R.I.
Current occupation: Snowplow company owner, social media manager
Name: Allison "Ally" Mello (22), Ashley Covert (25)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL's L.A. Kings Ice Crew Girls
Name: Naina Venkatesh (27), Hoskote Venkatesh (60)
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Fitness instructor, ER doctor
Source: CBS press release