Josh and Brent are a skinny, nerdy couple from Sharon Springs, New York, where they apparently moved to and bought a goat farm after losing their jobs in the big city. But of course you already know that if you watch The Fabulous Beekman Boys on cable, not that I do. I'm not sure I even get that channel. They figure that turning their farm into a profitable Grade-A goat dairy has prepared them for the race. Yes, I'm pretty sure those are overlapping skill sets. "The Beekman Boys have made farming fabulous," Josh, the one with glasses, says. "And now we're going to make racing fabulous," Brent says. I stand corrected; they're clearly up to speed on one of the race's most vital skills, which is producing broadcast-ready sound-bites.
Amy and Daniel have been "dating on and off for ten years, from Crested Butte, Colorado." Amy tells her story: at 19, she caught bacterial meningitis, which cost her her spleen, kidneys, hearing in her left ear, and both legs below the knee. Bacterial meningitis would seem to be something of a bitch. We see her and Daniel hiking a mountain path with her prosthetic feet and legs as she says that immediately after leaving the hospital, her mission became getting new legs -- so she could snowboard again. And now she's the number-one ranked female adaptive snowboarder, with "three back-to-back world cup golds." Wow. Daniel's job, apparently, is to be inspired by her. He seems up for it, and who wouldn't be? I guess the only question with these two is, why "on and off?"
Catlin and Brittany are "best friends from the Midwest." That's odd, I don't recall seeing them around. Of course, you almost can't have a season of The Amazing Race without a pair of blondes, and here they are. But apparently, rather than the usual ditzs, these were a couple of hard-charging, ref-baiting athletes at Auburn University. "I didn't sign up for a beauty pageant," one of them says, and then snort-laughs like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. That's either a coincidence or a really intentionally obscure reference on her part, and I know which one I'd like to believe.
Rob and Sheila are a middle-aged couple, and they're "engaged, from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee." Over footage of him starring in what looks like a lumberjack cabaret show, Rob boasts about his "lumberjack sports career" beginning at the age of six, leading to multiple world championships by the time he was 17. Sheila, on the other hand, walked away from a fifteen-year career at a large but unnamed cosmetics company when Rob proposed. "Rob is definitely the boss of this relationship," she says. "In fact Rob has taken over the planning of the wedding. I just hope he picks me out a really cute dress." If that's the only thing she's worried about, she isn't worried enough.