Rachel and Dave have been married two years and are from Madison, Wisconsin. I hate when there are two racers with the same name, and here we have a whole team of duplicate monikers. Now I'm going to have to type "Major Dave" and "Other Rachel" all the time. Major Dave informs us that he's an army major with a sixteen-year career, one year of that spent in Iraq. He and Other Rachel are hoping to reconnect and reconcile on the race. That always works out well.
Elliot and Andrew are twin brothers, but for once I'm not too worried about it, because the one in a rock band has Creed hair and the soccer pro doesn't. "It's like a life partner, but we're not gay," long-haired Elliot says, to the embarrassment of Andrew. See? I can tell them apart already! This is going to be cake! You know who likes cake? Jamie, I hear.
Kerri and Stacy are cousins from Gulfport, Mississippi, and their at-home clips would have you believe that they spend their time frolicking on the farm in short-shorts. Aside from the country-girl/city-girl dichotomy they claim to represent, that's about all.
Vanessa and Ralph are an old-school huge-tiny team, which they demonstrate by having Ralph do push-ups while Vanessa fake-yawns on his back. It's not helpful that she looks a bit like the golfing sisters, but that isn't something we're going to have to worry about for long. They're from San Antonio and have been dating for a year, although they've known each other for fifteen years. Here's Vanessa's story: "I used to stalk him, he got married, stalked him some more, he got divorced [wonder why], I got married, he got divorced, and now we're dating." She says they're hoping not to race down the aisle. Why would anyone think that would happen?
Art and JJ are a beefy pair of border patrol agents from Southern California, who apparently roam the beaches in unmarked four-wheel ATVs. Art thinks he's the brain and JJ's the brawn. "It's like Beauty and the Beast and he thinks he's the beauty," JJ interviews. Is it me or does it seem like a lot of this season's racers routinely wield deadly weapons for a living? And probably even more of them for fun?