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SC Firefighters Part of New 'Amazing Race' Cast

11:53 AM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
Matthew Davis and Daniel Moss. (The Amazing Race)
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(CBS) - CBS announced Wednesday the 11 teams that will embark on a sprint around the globe for $1 million dollars on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, including a pair of firefighters from South Carolina.

The show is premiering Sunday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS/WLTX. Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" nine times in the past 10 years.

This season, which marks the 22nd race around the world for the series, will introduce a new twist to the game 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 fourth leg of the Race.

Teams will travel more than 30,000 miles, over five continents and through nine countries as they skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland.

This season's diverse cast includes twin brothers who are both OB/GYNs, father/son cancer survivors, our two Southern firefighters, roller derby moms and female country singers.

Here is the list of contestants:

_____________________
Name: Matthew Davis
Age: 25
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Current occupation: Firefighter
Name: Daniel Moss
Age: 24
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Current occupation: Firefighter
Connection: Best Friends/Firefighters

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Name: Idries Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician
Connection: Twin Doctors

_____________________

Name: Max Bichler
Age: 30
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current occupation: Cigar Sales

Name: Katie Bichler
Age: 24
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current occupation: Pharmacist
Connection: Newlyweds

_____________________

Name: Mona Egender
Age: 33
Hometown: Castle Pines, Colo.
Current occupation: Captioner/Roller Derby Player

Name: Beth Bandimere
Age: 36
Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
Current occupation: Tech Support/Roller Derby Player
Connection: Roller Derby Moms

_____________________

Name: Bates Battaglia
Age: 36
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Current occupation: Former Professional Hockey Player
(Played for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs)

Name: Anthony Battaglia
Age: 33
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Current occupation: Professional Hockey Player
(Currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc)
Connection: Hockey Brothers

_____________________

Name: Chuck McCall
Age: 46
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
Current occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

Name: Wynona McCall
Age: 49
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
Current occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist
Connection: Married

_____________________

Name: David O'Leary
Age: 58
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Current occupation: Investment Properties
Name: Connor O'Leary
Age: 21
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Current occupation: Professional Cyclist
Connection: Father/Son (Both Cancer Survivors) _____________________

Name: Caroline Cutbirth
Age: 29
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter (Band Member of "Stealing Angels")
*Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone

Name: Jennifer Kuhle
Age: 30
Hometown: Nashville
Current occupation: Songwriter (Band Member of "Stealing Angels")
*Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne
Connection: Friends/Country Singers

_____________________

Name: Joey Graceffa
Age: 21
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: YouTube Host
Internet Personality Joey's YouTube Channel

Name: Meghan Camarena
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: YouTube Host
Internet Personality Meghan's YouTube Channel

Connection: Friends/YouTube Hosts

_____________________

Name: Pamela Chien
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Art Director and Fitness Instructor

Name: Winnie Sung
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Senior Project Manager
Connection: Best Friends

_____________________

Name: Jessica Hoel
Age: 26
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Current occupation: Account Manager

Name: John Erck
Age: 27
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer Programmer
Connection: Dating

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