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Mel & Mike

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Team Profile
Members Mel White
Mike White
Birth Dates July 26, 1940 (Mel)
June 28, 1970 (Mike)
Age 68, 70 (Mel)
38, 40 (Mike)
Hometown Lynchburg, VA (Mel)
Santa Monica, CA (Mike)
Relation Father/son
Occupation Writers

The Amazing Race 14

Legs Competed 7
Legs Won 1
Placement 6th
Average Position 3.57
Roadblock Count Mel: 3
Mike: 3
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Switzerland Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Romania
Flag of Russia 150px-Flag of India.svg 150px-Flag of Thailand.svg

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business

Legs Competed 3
Legs Won 0
Placement 10th
Average Position 8.33
Roadblock Count Mel: 1
Mike: 1
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Australia Flag of Japan
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Mel White and Mike White are a Father/Son team on the 14th season of The Amazing Race and the Unfinished Business season of The Amazing Race.

Profile

Season 14

Mike and Mel had a pretty typical family life until Mike was 11 years old, which is when Mel told the family that he was gay. Mel and Mike's mother remained married until Mike and his sister, Erinn, went to college. Mel is now married to his life partner of 27 years, Gary Nixon.

Mike works as a writer, director and actor in Los Angeles. His writing credits include the feature films "Nacho Libre" and "School of Rock," in which he also starred opposite Jack Black and Sarah Silverman, as well as the television series "Pasadena." Mike and Mel are eager to spend some quality time racing around the globe. Mike describes himself as entertaining, thoughtful and "ridiculously pale." These two might not be the most physical team on the Race, but they'll surely compensate with their wit and communication skills.

Mel, a gay-rights activist, has worked as a writer, professor, filmmaker and a pastor and is eager to have a once in a lifetime experience with his youngest child. He's confident that his people skills will give him an advantage over some of the other Racers. He describes himself as energetic, caring and passionate and enjoys scuba diving and racquetball. When asked who he would model his style of game play after, he pointed to Season 7 winners Uchenna and Joyce, while Mike will model his game play after the "never say die" attitude of Charla & Mirna.

Mike and Mel are well-traveled, opinionated and huge fans of the Race.

Unfinished Business

Mel

  • Age: 68 (Season 14); 70 (Unfinished Business)
  • Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
  • Connection to your Teammate: Father
  • Current Occupation: Writer and activist
  • Previous Season/Result: Season 14/6th place
  • Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Not insisting that we take the fast forward, use our remaining funds to support an orphanage in Thailand, and jump to the front of the line (instead of being eliminated).
  • Most memorable moment from your first Race: Soaring out over the Bavarian Alps.
  • Favorite place you visited on your first season: Siberia, I expected gulags and icebergs. Instead, I discovered great cities, friendly people and one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, Novosibirsk.
  • Why do you want to run the Race again? To spend quality, even though stressful, time with my son and to enjoy the Race wholeheartedly.
  • How have you changed since the last time you competed? Now that I'm 70 years old I've joined a very elite number of old racers. Now, I feel like I am representing everyone that is older than 70, and I don't want to fail them.
  • What are you passionate about? Helping young gay men see why "it does get better." The recent increase in suicide among gay men breaks my heart.
  • People would be surprised to learn: My partner, Gary, and we were married in California on June 18, 2009 after spending almost 30 years together.
  • One location that you hope to go on this adventure: Galapagos Islands or Bhutan, the "happiest" country in Asia.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: At 70, I will probably be the oldest person on the Race. My son, at age 40, will also be one of the older Racers. Together, we are 110 years old!
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race again (other than winning one million dollars): I want to stay in the Race at least as long as last time so that I won't disappoint my son.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: He wants us to pack so lightly that we will probably freeze in cold weather and dehydrate when it's hot.
  • What would you do if you won the million dollars? I will use the money to help the 58 orphans at the Ne Future for Children home and school in Phnom Pen, Cambodia.
  • Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: Never stop racing; read the clues more carefully; quit worrying and enjoy THE AMAZING RACE.

Mike

  • Age: 38 (Season 14); 40 (Unfinished Business)
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Connection to your Teammate: Son
  • Current Occupation: Writer
  • Previous Season/Result: Season 14/6th place
  • Most memorable moment from your first Race: Watching my dad paraglide over the Alps.
  • Favorite place you visited on your first season: India because it was so beautiful, colorful and strange.
  • Why do you want to run the Race again? Because I want to have the adventure and the experience with my father.
  • How have you changed since the last time you competed? I turned 40.
  • What are you passionate about? Animals.
  • People would be surprised to learn: I don't eat dairy or meat.
  • One location that you hope to go on this adventure: African safari because I've never been and I think it would be cool to see the exotic animals in their natural habitat.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: My dad is 70 and I think physical challenges will be tricky.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race again (other than winning one million dollars): Getting another chance to grow closer to my pops.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: His frequent use of puns.
  • What would you do if you won the million dollars? I'd give my parents the retirement years they deserve.
  • Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: We need to leave less up to luck and stay with the pack. 

The Amazing Race 14

Race History

Mel & Mike's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Switzerland No Detour Mike 4 of 11
2 2 Switzerland → Germany → Austria Balancing Dolly / Austrian Folly Mel 2 of 10
3 3 Austria → Romania Gypsy Moves / Vampire Remains Mike 1 of 9
4 4 Romania → Russia Stack / Construct Mel 6 of 8
5 5 Russia Russian Bride / Russian Snowplow Mike 4 of 7
6 6 Russia → India Movers / Shakers Mel 2 of 7
7 7 India → Thailand 100 Barrels / 2 Miles No Roadblock 6 of 6
Average 3.57
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn





The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business

Race History

Mel & Mike's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Australia No Detour Mel 9 of 11
2 2 Australia Spirit World / Natural World No Roadblock 6 of 11
3 3 Australia → Japan Prayer of Purity / Frog of Luck Mike 10 of 10
Average 8.33
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
This team was penalized with an automatic "U-Turn"



Post-Race

Trivia

  • Mike, first bisexual contestant.
  • Mike is the oldest child in a parent/child team, 40 during Unfinished Business.
  • Mel is the the oldest male contestant on the US version of the show, competing at the age of 70 during Unfinished Business.
  • Oldest male team ever, 55 during Unfinished Business.
  • Oldest family team, 55 during Unfinished Business.
  • Oldest parent/child team in the history of the race, 55.
  • First team to be eliminated in Japan.

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