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'Amazing Race' Season 19 Cast Announced (Video)

Olympic snowboarders, an ex-NFL player and former "Survivor" winners will compete in CBS’ race around the world.

The 19th season of The Amazing Race will feature a collection of some of the most competitive contestants the show has had since it began.

“This year we actually have a number of teams who have competed at a very high level,” says host Phil Keoghan.

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The Emmy-winning show, which will return on Sunday, Sept. 25, has a cast that includes a pair of Olympic snowboarders, former NFL tight end Marcus Pollard and his wife, and former Survivor winners Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca.

Another fierce competitor will be Zac Sunderland, who became the youngest person to sail around the world at age 16. He’ll compete with his father.

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This season, the 11 teams will make first time visits to exotic locations such as Indonesia, Malawi, Belgium and Denmark.

Below is the full list of contestants for Season 19:

1. Ernie Halvorsen
Age: 29
Hometown: Chicago  
Current occupation: Project manager
Cindy Chiang
Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago
Current occupation: Brand manager
Connection to Teammate: Engaged

2. Justin Young
Age: 31
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Doctor 
Jennifer Young
Age: 26
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Special education teacher
Connection to Teammate: Siblings
 
3. Liz Canavan
Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Marketing Assistant
Marie Canavan
Age: 24
Hometown: Deerfield, Ill.
Current occupation: Soul searching
Connection to Teammate: Twins
 
4. Ron Zeitz
Age: 44
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant
Bill Smith
Age: 49
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Flight attendant
Connection to Teammate: Domestic Partners

5. Ethan Zohn
Age: 37
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: Change maker
Jenna Morasca
Age: 30
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current occupation: TV host/student
Connection to Teammate: Dating
 
6. Bill Alden
Age: 63
Hometown: Albany, Ore.
Current occupation: Farmer/rancher  
Cathi Alden
Age: 62
Hometown: Albany, Ore.  
Current occupation: College instructor/retired High
School principal  
Connection to Teammate: Married for 40 Years/Grandparents

7. Andy Finch
Age: 30
Hometown: Truckee, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder
Tommy Czeschin
Age: 32
Hometown: Crowley Lake, Calif.
Current occupation: Professional snowboarder
Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Olympic Snowboarders

8. Amani Pollard
Age: 36
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Business owner
Marcus Pollard
Age: 39
Hometown: Pine Mountain, Ga.
Current occupation: Retired NFL player/football
coach
Connection to Teammate: Married
 
9. Kaylani Paliotta
Age: 33
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Cocktail waitress
Lisa Tilley
Age: 32
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current occupation: Cocktail waitress
Connection to Teammate: Friends/Former Vegas Showgirls

10. Laurence Sunderland
Age: 48
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Current occupation: Yacht manager
Zac Sunderland
Age: 19
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.  
Current occupation: Record setting boat captain
(Zac was the youngest person to ever sail around the world alone)
Connection to Teammate: Father/Son Adventurers
 
11. Jeremy Cline
Age: 35
Hometown: Alamo, Calif.
Current occupation: Commercial real estate broker
Sandy Draghi
Age: 33
Hometown: Dublin, Calif.
Current occupation: Nurse practitioner
Connection to Teammate: Dating

Watch a preview introducing the cast of Season 19 of The Amazing Race: