15 Athletes You’d Love to See Compete in The Amazing Race

Athletes Who Would Be Great Competitors on The Amazing Race

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The Amazing Race has physically challenging tasks, and who would be better to take these on than athletes? These men and women challenge themselves physically as a day job, so I think the Amazing Race would be a great competition for them. Here are the top 15 athletes I'd love to see on the program.

15. Dwight Howard

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15. Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard is huge, which could often harm competitors in a foot race, but there are often tasks where teams lack the muscle Howard contains. Also, as an NBA star, I doubt he's a slow sprinter. I think he'd make a good reality star; I could see his sneakiness allowing him to get ahead.

14. Ryan Fitzpatrick

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14. Ryan Fitzpatrick

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As the Houston Texans quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick is fit and being a Harvard graduate only gives him more of an edge. I can see him winning the race with a good teammate. Plus, he's the kind of guy who would charm the audience and become a fan favorite.

13. Jeremy Lin

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13. Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin is a beast on the court, and I think he'd be a beast in the Amazing Race. He's a great athlete and smart, which would give him the little bump most winning teams in The Amazing Race have.

12. Tim Tebow

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12. Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow is already a household name, and he would instantly gain a following on the Amazing Race. I know he'd work hard to win the million dollars, and he'd probably end up giving it all to charity. He's the guy you'd root for on the race even if you hate him in the NFL.

11. Leo Messi

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11. Leo Messi

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Leo Messi is the best footballer in the world. I wonder how he'd do without a ball at his feet. He is a fast runner, but does he have the brain to back up the brawn? I'd love to see this Argentine run through third world countries searching for the next clue.

10. Steve Nash

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10. Steve Nash

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Steve Nash is another one of those smart athletes who is also so passionate and hardworking. These are all great qualities for an Amazing Race competitor. He'd surely go far, and I'd love to see if he has a vindictive side and u-turn other teams for the win.

9. Pau Gasol

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9. Pau Gasol

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Pau Gasol would be such an amazing competitor in the Amazing Race. He's fit, athletic and also actually pretty smart -- not to mention the bonus of being Spanish but playing in the U.S. I know he'd work hard to try and win the race, and he'd definitely have a bit of a step up from the usual competitors.

8. Serena and Venus Williams

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8. Serena and Venus Williams

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The Amazing Race has had many sibling pairings and recently had twin sisters as well. I think Serena and Venus Williams would go far as a team. They're both successful athletes, and I know they are fit enough to run and compete among the others.

7. Blake Griffin

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7. Blake Griffin

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Blake Griffin is yet another basketball player who would do well in The Amazing Race. He is hard working and charismatic, and I could see him charming his way to victory. Also, I know he'd put his physical stature to good use, and he is the kind of guy who isn't afraid of anyone.

6. Jonathan Quick

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6. Jonathan Quick

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Jonathan Quick is a hockey star, but I think he'd do well in a race competition too. He's young and charming, and he is a clever guy. Most Kings players spend a lot of time helping the community, and this experience would help Quick think on his toes in the race. He wouldn't be afraid to ask for help from foreigners in hopes of solving a clue.

5. Landon Donovan

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5. Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan may be known as Captain America to sports fans, but he is definitely a worldly player. He's spent time in various cities playing with his club and country and also recently spent a sabbatical in Cambodia. His experience in world travel and being a leader as well as a great athlete would definitely help him compete in the race.

4. Ryan Lochte

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4. Ryan Lochte

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Ryan Lochte may annoy a lot of people, but he's so charming. He's a great TB personality and would only add to The Amazing Race's repertoire. I can definitely see him sneak around other teams and use all the u-turns he can to win. He'd be the competitor you love to hate, and I'd love to see him get to the final three -- just to see his face when he loses.

3. Usain Bolt

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3. Usain Bolt

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There is one thing Usain Bolt is known for and that is his speed. So many Amazing Race legs end in a foot race, which is where Bolt would crush the competition. The only problem would be finding a partner who could keep up with him.

2. Hope Solo

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2. Hope Solo

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Hope Solo is one of the hardest working athletes there is. She is in top shape and is a great competitor. I think she'd do well in the Amazing Race as the leader of her team. If they can find someone who is ready to play as hard as she does, then it will be really hard to beat her team.

1. Michael Phelps

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1. Michael Phelps

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Although there is rarely any swimming involved in the Amazing Race, the teams that win are often the ones in peak physical condition. There is no one I know who is fitter and a better competitor than Michael Phelps. He works hard and always tries his best. He has the attitude to win the Amazing Race, and if they ever do a celebrity edition, I hope he's the first one chosen to compete.


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