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Natalie & Nadiya

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NatalieNadiya

Team Profile
Members Natalie Anderson
Nadiya Anderson
Birth Dates April 11, 1986
Age 26 (Season 21), 27 (All-Stars)
Hometown Edgewater, New Jersey
Relation Twins
Occupation Physical Therapy student (Natalie)
Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace (Nadiya)

The Amazing Race 21

Legs Competed 11
Legs Won 2
Placement 4th
Average Position 3.28
Roadblock Count Natalie: 6
Nadiya: 5
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Indonesia Flag of Bangladesh Flag of Turkey
Flag of Russia Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Spain Flag of France.svg

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Legs Competed 1
Legs Won 0
Placement 11th
Average Position 11.00
Roadblock Count Natalie: 1
Nadiya: 0
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Natalie Anderson and Nadiya Anderson are a team of Twins on The Amazing Race 21, and The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

Born in New York, raised in Sri Lanka, and a tendency to call each other "Twinnie", their manic energy grabbed the attention of the cameras right from the start. They are generally regarded as one of the most divisive teams of the competition; some fans admiring them for being wildly entertaining; others regarding them as annoying. They were a physically strong team and played a cutthroat game that involved orchestrating one of the most ingenious moves in Race history when they used two other teams to U-Turn Abbie & Ryan out of the Race. However, they also pulled one of the most controversial moves when they picked up the money James & Abba dropped in Bangladesh, and decided to keep it. Ultimately, they fell short of the final three when a local sent them in the wrong direction to the Pit Stop, putting them in 4th Place.

Their loud, energetic natures got them invited back for the second All-Stars, where they planned to focus on effective communication. Despite getting on the first flight to China, they had trouble finding the designated bridal shops and had a huge argument at the Ferris Wheel, all leading to them being the first team to go.

After the All-Stars season, they were cast on Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, which Natalie ended up winning.

Profile

Natalie

  • Age: 26 (Season 21), 27 (Season 24)
  • Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
  • Connection to your teammate: Twin sister
  • Current occupation: Physical Therapy student
  • Describe what you do: I am studying to be a physical therapist and in the process of creating a bikini/swimwear line with my twinny!
  • 3 words to describe you: Crazy, tomboy and spontaneous.
  • Favorite hobbies: Jet setting, surfing and CrossFit.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Fully recovering from two knee surgeries after tearing my ACL, MCL and Menisci playing Rugby.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Michelle Rodriquez
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Khloe Kardashian. Nadiya loves to cook and is the caretaker between us. She is always feeding or taking care of somebody.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Getting kidnapped or going missing.
  • What excites you most about traveling? Everything excites me about traveling. Exploring a new country and its culture is one of the most exhilarating experiences.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We both have explosive personalities and no boundaries with one another which could work against us. Fighting with each other is super destructive and can often make us forget about what is important and could be a huge distraction.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: Nadiya can be lazy and way too laid back at times. Also she never listens to me, even when she knows I'm right.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Hawaii is my dream destination to visit. I have been in love with the ocean since I was little. Surf, sun and sand is all I need!
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? To prove to myself that Nadiya and I can work together and complete every challenge on The Race. To be the most dominant team despite the fact that we are an all-girl team. Also, to get even closer with my best friend and twinny!

Nadiya

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
  • Connection to your teammate: Twin sister
  • Current occupation: Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace
  • Describe what you do: I coordinate fundraising special events for Bridge2Peace both in Sri Lanka and the US. I also bake cupcakes for friends and family events.
  • 3 words to describe you: Tough, crazy and reckless.
  • Favorite hobbies: Traveling, CrossFit, cooking and baking.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Staying true to myself and where I come from.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Khloe Kardashian
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kim Kardashian
  • What scares you most about traveling? Shark attacks and snake bites. Yikes!
  • What excites you most about traveling? Everything! What's not exciting about traveling?
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The ability to listen to one another without it turning into a screaming match.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: Natalie is too pushy and always thinks she is right.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Ethiopia in Africa. With such rich culture, people and history, it would be awesome to experience such a diverse country.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to show each other, our family and friends how tough we are, and represent for Sri Lanka—aka Brownie girls everywhere!

Natalie

  • Name: Natalie Anderson
  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
  • Previous Season: Season 21
  • Current occupation: Student
  • Describe what you do: I am in school to become an athletic trainer and Crossfit.
  • Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Not double checking the pit stop location in France which caused our elimination.
  • Most memorable moment from your first Race: Coming in first place the second leg and winning the Express Pass.
  • Favorite place you visited on your first season: Bangladesh, because Nadiya and I raced really well and kicked butt those two legs.
  • Why do you want to run the Race again? To win and have a fun time!
  • How have you changed since the last time you competed? Not much has changed.
  • What are you passionate about? Travel, Crossfit and family.
  • People would be surprised to learn: We are still very close to most of the racers from season 21, especially Trey, Lexi and Jaymes.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Staying calm and not getting too excited/crazy.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: She screams a lot and never listens to me.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would like to visit Hawaii because I love the beach and ocean. It would be awesome to compete in some water/beach challenge and who wouldn't want to race in a warm, hot, sunny climate.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Having a great time with my twin sister, see some cool new countries and meet more awesome people.
  • Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: We raced well the first season so I don't think we should change much but we want to remain focused and calm. When it comes to challenges and physical tasks, we have no issues. We need to focus on making smart racing decisions and working well as a team.

Nadiya

  • Name: Nadiya Anderson
  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Edgewater, N.J.
  • Previous Season: Season 21
  • Current occupation: Planning/getting ready to open up the first Crossfit Box in Sri Lanka
  • Describe what you do: Travel, Crossfit, just trying to be a bad ass every day.
  • Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Getting to the driving part in Spain and choking on driving stick shift.
  • Most memorable moment from your first Race: Meeting/ getting to race with people who have become lifelong friends and family.
  • Favorite place you visited on your first season: Bangladesh, we fit right in and kicked butt!
  • Why do you want to run the Race again? To win, because we know we can win.
  • How have you changed since the last time you competed? No, still a bad ass.
  • What are you passionate about? Traveling, Crossfit, my twinny and my family.
  • People would be surprised to learn: My favorite song ever is 'Chicken Fried' by The Zac Brown Band
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Staying calm, cool and collected, which is pretty much impossible.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: Natalie screams and yells for no reason which only makes everything a hot mess.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Jamaica. Natalie and I are Island Girls at heart and we are happiest by the beach.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? Having fun with my twinny and making more great memories!
  • Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: Take the time to read directions, follow directions and try and go in the right direction.

The Amazing Race 21

Race History

Natalie & Nadiya's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China No Detour Natalie 4 of 11 [1]
Nadiya
2 2 China → Indonesia Ice-by-the-Pound / Fish-by-the-Barrel Nadiya 1 of 10
3 3 Indonesia Lion's Head / Egg Head Nadiya 6 of 9
4 4 Indonesia → Bangladesh Pound the Metal / Pound the Cotton Natalie 3 of 8
5 5 Bangladesh Straw Dogs / Bamboo Jungle Nadiya 3 of 7
6 6 Bangladesh → Turkey Simit / Scrub It Natalie 4 of 7
7 7 Turkey → Russia Alphabetized / Synchronized Natalie 3 of 6
8 8 Russia Movers / Shakers Natalie 3 of 6ϵ [2]
9 9 Russia → The Netherlands Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
10 10 The Netherlands → Spain Spin It / Bull It Nadiya 4 of 4
11 11 Spain → France Chow / Plow Natalie 4 of 4
Average 3.28
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

Notes:
1: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2: Natalie & Nadiya used the Express Pass to bypass the Roadblock in Leg 8. Before using the Express Pass, Natalie elected to perform the Roadblock, and this is reflected in the total Roadblock count.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

Natalie & Nadiya's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China No Detour Natalie 11 of 11
Average 11.00
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

Post-Race

Trivia

  • Greatest fall by returning team, 4th to 11th (tied with Jaime & Cara)

Interviews

Season 21

  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/11/2012): "The 4th place team discusses 'finding' money and being seen as villains"
  • Sheldon Sherman at Yakkity Yaks (12/11/2012): "The Amazing Race: The Yak Chats with Natalie and Nadiya"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (12/11/2012): "Elimination Interview: Natalie and Nadiya"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (12/11/2012): "Natalie and Nadiya Anderson talk about The Amazing Race" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (12/13/2012): "We Don't Regret Keeping the Rockers' Money"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (12/13/2012): "The Amazing Race 21: Exclusive Interview with Natalie and Nadiya Anderson"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (12/14/2012): "Natalie and Nadiya have 'no regrets' about keeping the rockers' money"

Season 24

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (02/24/2014): "Talking with the Latest Eliminated Players from Amazing Race"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (02/25/2012): "The Amazing Race eliminees Natalie Anderson and Nadiya Anderson talk" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (02/26/2014): "Elimination Interview: Natalie and Nadiya"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (02/27/2014): "Natalie and Nadiya embarrassed to be eliminated first"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (02/28/2014): "It was only a one-episode run for the Twinnies"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (02/28/2014): "We Were Just a Hot Mess

Social Media Profiles

References


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