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Oswald & Danny

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Team Profile
Birth Dates: (1970-05-01) May 1, 1970 (age 48) (Oswald)
(1965-01-09) January 9, 1965 (age 53) (Danny)
Hometown: New York City, New York (Oswald)
Miami, Florida (Danny, formerly Oswald)
Relation: Best friends
Occupation: Ad agency consultant (Oswald)
Program manager (Danny)

The Amazing Race 2

Legs Competed: 11
Legs Won: 3
Placement: 4th
Average Position: 4.00
Roadblock Count: Oswald: 6
Danny: 3
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa Flag of Namibia Flag of Thailand
Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Legs Competed: 12
Legs Won: 3
Placement: 4th
Average Position: 2.67
Roadblock Count: Oswald: 4
Danny: 4
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Ecuador Flag of Chile Flag of Argentina Flag of Mozambique
Flag of Tanzania Flag of Poland Flag of Malaysia Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Macau
Flag of Guam
Gallery
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Oswald Mendez and Danny Jimenez are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 2 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

They were easily the most popular team of the season due to their amicable interactions with the local cultures and their campy nature. Though their tendency to calmly and patiently deal with all obstacles often got them an advantage over the other teams, their lack of a sense of urgency would ultimately cost them in their final leg, as they fell behind and finished 4th.

However, that same attitude made them the face of the season and earned them a spot in All-Stars. From the very beginning they looked like the most improved team of the season, as they were never far from the front of the pack, only finishing below 4th once, compared to finishing above 4th place only three times in their original season. Many of the tactics that had isolated them from the other teams the first time around played favorably into the game, and their status as fan favorites made them popular with the other teams, even with Rob & Amber. However, they would find themselves the victims of fatigue late in the season once again. Already behind the other teams, they got lost looking for the naval base in Guam, and found themselves eliminated in 4th again.

Profile

Oswald and Danny met in 1994 and gradually became friends. When Danny's life partner died, Oswald was there to help, and in Danny's words, the two "became partners in crime." Oswald and Danny have traveled extensively together, mostly to Los Angeles and New York, but also to Paris, Milan, and Berlin. On their travels, they "had amazing new experiences and most of all, lots of fun."

The pair decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE because they expect the experience to bring them closer together. "Only someone like Oswald could be strong enough to endure the kind of life-changing experiences that a project like this may bring," said Danny. Oswald added, "We balance each other perfectly."

These best friends from Season 2 had a falling out several years ago, but have since mended their relationship and claim to be better friends now than they've ever been during their 12 years of friendship.

Even though these two don't live in the same city, they still see each other quite frequently and are ready to take another adventure of a lifetime together.

Oswald describes himself as compassionate and resourceful while Danny can be described as an adventurous person who tries to keep things real and exciting at all times. Oswald claims to be the more focused of the two a trait that will surely be tested while racing against the all-stars. Their personalities are infectious and they truly enjoy their lives. Both have traveled the globe, speak several foreign languages between the two, and feel right at home on foreign soil.

These two fun-loving friends are eager for the experience that the Race has to offer and are looking to be the team to beat.

The Amazing Race 2

Race History

Oswald & Danny's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Danny 7 of 10
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Dance / Deliver Oswald 1 of 9
4 4 South Africa → Namibia Used Fast Forward 1 of 8
5 5 Namibia → Thailand Confusion Now / Confusion Later Oswald 6 of 7
6 6 Thailand Boat / Beast Oswald 4 of 6
7 7 Thailand → Hong Kong Wishing Tree / Herbal Tea Danny 4 of 6
8 8 Hong Kong → Australia Dragon / Lion Oswald 1 of 5
9 Australia Cool Down / Heat Up Oswald 4 of 5
9 10 Australia → New Zealand Quick Jump / Long Hike Oswald 4 of 4
10 11 New Zealand Drop / Climb Danny 4 of 4
Average 4.00
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 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 Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

Oswald & Danny's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ecuador Wrangle It / Recover It No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Ecuador → Chile By Hand / By Machine Oswald 2 of 10
3 3 Chile Vertical Limit / River Wild Danny 5 of 9
4 4 Chile → Argentina Navigate It / Sign It Oswald 1 of 8
5 5 Argentina → Mozambique Pamper / Porter Oswald 4 of 7
6 6 Mozambique → Tanzania Solve It / Schlep It Danny 2 of 7
7 7 Tanzania → Poland Perfect Pitch / Perfect Angle Unknown 2 of 6 [1]
8 8 Poland Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
9 9 Poland → Malaysia Artistic Expression / Cookie Confection Danny 4 of 5
10 10 Malaysia → Hong Kong Used Fast Forward 1 of 4
11 11 Hong Kong → Macau Noodle / Dragon Danny 4 of 4>
12 12 Macau → Guam Care Package / Engine Care Oswald 4 of 4 [2]
Average 2.67
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 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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

Notes:


1: Leg 7 had an unaired Roadblock. It is unknown whether Oswald or Danny performed the Roadblock.


2: Oswald & Danny had been "marked for elimination", however, since they checked in last, they were eliminated without the 30-minute penalty.

Post-Race

External links

Interviews

Season 2

  • TARflies (06/05/2003): "Talk to the Cha" with Danny

All-Stars

  • Hannah Storm on Early Show (04/30/2007): "Friends' Race Dream Dashed"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (04/30/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Oswald & Danny, 8th Team Eliminated on The Amazing Race: All-Stars"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN (05/01/2007): "All-Stars Interview: Oswald & Danny"

Social Media Profiles

Trivia

  • Oswald & Danny are the first Hispanic-American Team on the race.
  • Oswald & Danny are the first team to be eliminated in New Zealand and are the first team to be eliminated in Guam.
    • In addition, they have the distinction of being the first team to be eliminated in a U.S. Territory.
  • Only team to have used the Fast Forward the most times, 3.
  • First team to finish at the same position twice, 4th place.
  • CBS.com featured them for a 'National Best Friend Day' celebration slideshow in 2015.[1]

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