Natalie and Nadiya Anderson were later chosen for The Amazing Race: All-Stars, which consisted of returning teams from seasons 14–23. They then appeared on the 29th season of Survivor, becoming the first race competitors to appear on another CBS reality show. The Andelsons finished in 7th place.
Natalie was born on January 4th, 1979 in San Francisco, California. She is married to Nadiya Anderson and they have two children together. Natalie worked as an account manager for a marketing company before quitting her job to travel the world. She also ran several half-marathons during this time. In 2009, she moved with her family to Moscow where they now live.
Nadia was born on February 2nd, 1982 in Los Angeles, California. She is married to Natalie Anderson and they have two children together. Nadia used to work as a medical scribe before quitting her job to travel the world. She then worked as a sales representative for a marketing company until she became pregnant. Since then, she has been staying at home with their children.
They both began their travels in 2004 when they joined the third edition of the popular reality television series, The Amazing Race. They traveled with four other couples from different countries and across America, filming episodes 5/6 - 8/9. After finishing fourth, they returned for a second season titled The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
This season's champions were anesthesiologists Natalie "Nat" Strand and Katherine "Kat" Chang, the first all-female team to win the American form of The Amazing Race. The pair defeated husbands-and-wives team Mike and Debbie Zengler of Boulder, Colorado; Alicea and Jeff Huang of San Francisco, California; and Tom and Tommy Ivan of Wilmington, Delaware. They are the first female winners of the show since its fifth season when Jean Michel and Gerard Depardieu took home the $1 million prize.
The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which several teams compete against each other in physically demanding challenges for up to $500,000 in cash and prizes. The show was created by Matt Weinberger and Bertram Van Munster for NBC. The first episode aired on May 6, 2001. Since its debut, the program has become one of the highest rated series on CBS after CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and has been praised for its use of real world locations instead of studio sets.
In 2002, women accounted for 20% of all race participants but only 7% of all winners. In 2003, this number increased to 26% and 9% respectively. In 2004, it was reported that women made up 30% of all contestants but only 19% of all winners.
The Amazing Race: Rob and Amber are the first team to participate on The Amazing Race, consisting of two Survivor champions, followed by Ethan and Jenna. Unlike Ethan and Jenna, though, Rob did not win a season of Survivor until after both of his appearances on The Amazing Race. In fact, he was eliminated before either of them had a chance to compete on Survivor.
Survivor: Several former contestants have appeared on The Amazing Race. These include: Tai's wife, Chelsea; Jeremy's girlfriend, Jessica; Joe's daughter, Sarah; and Jonathan's sister, Lauren.
In addition, Mike "Cookie" Perna, one of the original stars of Survivor, competed in The Amazon in 2006. He was eventually voted off by his fellow competitors.
Rob has also been a part of several seasons of Survivor's hidden immunity idol competition. In all but one case, he has lost when playing his own idol. The one exception is Jeff Kent, who won a duel with Rob's idol. After the duel, it was revealed that Rob had in fact played a second idol. This makes him the only person to play two separate idols and still come out on top.
Rob has also been a part of numerous other competitions on Survivor. Including his previous appearances, he has competed in nine total seasons of the show. His career average is 4.44 out of 7 possible jury votes.
Tina Wesson, Colby Donaldson, Jerri Manthey, Alicia Calaway, and Amber Brkich returned to Survivor: All-Stars to compete. Brkich also took part in The Amazing Race 7 with her boyfriend and another Survivor veteran, Rob Mariano; the two, who are now married, returned for The Amazing Race 11. Donaldson became the first person to win both seasons of the show.
The original Survivor season was filmed from February to March 2000. It consisted of Jeff Probst asking twenty four diverse people (twenty three born and one unborn) to live on an island in Fiji while playing a game called Survivor. The winner would be awarded $1 million. The episode with the most votes after six weeks won. The entire season lasted forty five days with no exit interviews or eliminations. The only way to be eliminated is by being voted out of the game.
Brkich was the first person to be voted off of the show. She came in second place behind Donaldson who won the game.
Amber Brkich then went on to play in The Amazing Race 10 with husband and fellow Survivor contestant, Rob Mariano. They finished in second place again. This time behind James O'Brien and Mike Chiaro who were both racing together. After finishing second twice, Brkich and Mariano won $50,000.