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Unfinished Business All-Stars (2014)
Margie & Luke




Relationship Mother/Son
Teammates Margie O'Donnell
Luke Adams

Season 14
Place 3rd
Average Age 36
Average Placing 2.82

Season Unfinished Business
Place 8th
Average Age 39
Average Placing 5.33

Season All-Stars (2014)
Place 8th
Average Age 42
Average Placing 5

Margie O'Donnell (formerly Adams) and Luke Adams are a Mother/Son team on the 14th season of The Amazing Race, the Unfinished Business season of The Amazing Race, and the second all-star season of The Amazing Race.



  • Age: 50 (Season 14), 53 (Unfinished Business), 56 (All-Stars)
  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado


  • Age: 22 (season 14), 25 (Unfinished Business), 28 (All-Stars)
  • Hometown: Denver, Colorado
  • Luke is deaf and communicates with American Sign Language.

CBS BiographyEdit

This mother/son team is determined to show the world that nothing can stop them from living out their dreams. They enjoy hiking and traveling together and share a strong bond. Luke has been deaf since birth and Margie became his link to the hearing world. He uses American Sign Language to communicate.

Luke and his mother have developed their own short hand sign language and the ability to almost read each other’s mind – an ability that will undoubtedly come in handy on the road. One of the most moving moments they shared was when Luke surprised his mother by delivering a valedictorian speech at his graduation ceremony from Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

Margie is looking at this experience as a great opportunity to spend quality time with her son. She describes herself as competitive and a little controlling, but in a good way. She is willing to go anywhere the Race takes her and isn't afraid of adventure. She enjoys hiking and running while Luke also enjoys hiking and biking. Luke describes himself as talkative, determined and adventurous.

Luke hopes to be a role-model for deaf people everywhere while proving that the deaf can do just about anything and to never think otherwise. He believes his knowledge on the topic of anything and everything Race related - he’s one of the biggest fans of the show ever - will help his team win.

Margie and Luke are excited to see new places, experience new foods and learn about different cultures – all the while fulfilling a shared dream – to compete and win "The Amazing Race."

Luke is also openly gay. He came out his mother at the age of 19 (three years prior) via text message, and his mother accepted him immediately, much to his surprise. She says "So what? You're still my son!". At first they also told the producers about this, but eventually the producers choose to not to openly informing this, because they want to focus on Luke's appearance as a deaf person.

Season 14Edit


Margie collapsed from the heat at the pit stop in Bangkok, Thailand in leg 7.


Margie & Luke finished the race in 3rd place after Luke's struggles at the Roadblock.

  • Leg 1: 1st
  • Leg 2: 4th
  • Leg 3: 4th
  • Leg 4: 4th (U-Turned Amanda & Kris)
  • Leg 5: 1st
  • Leg 6: 4th
    • After checking in, Margie collapses into Luke's arms.
    • The medical team cools off Margie.
  • Leg 7: 4th
  • Leg 8: 1st
  • Leg 9: 3rd
  • Leg 10: (2nd) 2nd
  • Leg 11: 3rd

Unfinished BusinessEdit


Unfinished Business intro cap


Margie & Luke were eliminated from the race in 8th place.

  • Leg 1: 7th
  • Leg 2: 5th
  • Leg 3: 8th
  • Leg 4: 1st
  • Leg 5: 3rd
  • Leg 6: 8th (Eliminated)

All-Stars (2014)Edit


All Stars intro cap


Margie & Luke were eliminated from the race in 8th place for the second time.

  • Leg 1: 4th
  • Leg 2: 2nd
  • Leg 3: 4th
  • Leg 4: 7th
  • Leg 5: 8th (Eliminated)

Memorable MomentsEdit

Season 14Edit

  • Winning leg 1, host Phil Keoghan, after greeting Margie and Luke, silently signed "You are team number one." (Subtitles were provided.)
  • During leg 7 in Thailand, Margie fainted at the Pit Stop due to dehydration.
  • During the leg 9 in China, Jen raced against Luke for the cluebox. Luke got to the cluebox first and when Jen tried to sneak in, Luke reacted by throwing his elbow almost hitting Jen in the face. This caused Jen called Luke a "Bitch" because in her words, "it was a bitch move". Jen again raced against Luke for another cluebox. Jen beat Luke to the cluebox, before Luke plowed into her, pushing her into the cluebox which almost tumbled over. These events leads a confrontation among two teams at the pit stop. When Jen told Phil of the events, Luke stormed off signing at Jen, "Bitch!". When Luke signed to Phil that it's his turn to tell his side of the story, Kisha let out a nervous giggle that sent Margie into a rage accusing her of laughing at Luke.
  • Fell short of their victory when Luke struggled at the final Roadblock in final leg.

Unfinished BusinessEdit

  • Eliminated in Kolkata, India when Luke struggled at a tea tasting Roadblock

All-Stars (2014)Edit

  • Struggling along with Brendon & Rachel on the detour in leg 4.
  • Luke dropping and breaking the cocktail glasses after melting down at the leg 4 detour. 
  • Eliminated after taking and missing a different connection to Colombo, Sri Lanka than the other teams, arriving hours behind, without performing any of the tasks but still visiting the locations.



  • Highest finish by a mother/son team, 3rd Place.
  • Youngest mother/son team to win a leg, 36.
  • First team with a deaf player to be eliminated from the race.
  • Luke is the second deaf contestant (after Adrian Yap of Adrian & Collin).
  • First parent/child team to participate in three separate seasons.
  • Luke is the first deaf contestant to never fall below 4th place in a single season.
  • First team to be eliminated on their third race.
  • One of five teams to finish in the same position in two seasons, 8th place (with Oswald & Danny, 4th, Kent & Vyxsin, 5th, Leo & Jamal, 4th and Brendon & Rachel, 3rd).
  • One of the three teams who participated in the race three times (joined by Flight Time & Big Easy and Jet & Cord). 
  • Margie is the first woman to run the race for the 3rd time. (tied with Mallory of Gary & Mallory and Mark & Mallory
  • Luke is the second openly gay son in mother/son team. (following Patrick of Susan & Patrick


  • Highest average placing male/female team who came in 3rd, 2.82
  • Most legs won by a male/female team who came in 3rd, 3 legs.
  • Luke, the first deaf contestant.
  • Youngest mother/son team, 36.
  • 2nd Mother/Son team to finish in 8th place (after Susan & Patrick).

Season 14Edit

  • Oldest team in the Final Three, 36.

Unfinished BusinessEdit

  • Lowest finish by a team who won a leg, 8th place.
  • Only mother/son team on the race
  • First parent/child team to be eliminated.

All-Stars (2014)Edit

  • First parent/child team to be eliminated.
  • First team from season 14 to be eliminated.
  • First team entirely from season 18 to be eliminated.
  • First team to finish the race in the same place as in one of the previous seasons.
  • Oldest male/female team to participate.
  • Their first season in which they have not won any legs.


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