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Uchenna & Joyce

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Team Profile
Birth Dates: (1964-05-12) May 12, 1964 (age 54) (Uchenna)
(1960-07-04) July 4, 1960 (age 58) (Joyce)
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Relation: Married
Occupation: Energy broker (Uchenna)
Sales manager (Joyce)

The Amazing Race 7

Legs Competed: 12
Legs Won: 3
Placement: 1st
Average Position: 3.08
Roadblock Count: Uchenna: 6
Joyce: 5
Countries Raced: Flag of the United States of America Flag of Peru Flag of Chile Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa
Flag of Botswana Flag of India Flag of Turkey Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Jamaica
Flag of Puerto Rico

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Legs Competed: 9
Legs Won: 1
Placement: 5th
Average Position: 4.33
Roadblock Count: Uchenna: 3
Joyce: 3
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
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Uchenna Agu and Joyce Agu are a Married team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 7. They also competed on The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

They were relegated to the background for most of the season before finally emerging when Joyce shaved her head to win the Fast Forward in leg 8. After making their way into the Final 3, they looked like they were going to win the penultimate leg in Jamaica, only to suffer a flat tire and drop to last place, and were forced to run the final leg with no money. After falling behind early, they would pull a miraculous comeback, begging their way onto flight after the doors had already been closed to keep from falling behind Rob & Amber , and then being forced to beg for money at the Finish Line to pay their taxi.

Often described by Paul as "the most popular team to win the Race so far", they returned for All-Stars. As the only former winners, they were naturally afforded a lot of respect by the other teams, many of whom saw them as the favorites to win after Rob & Amber's elimination. However, they also felt the pressure of the increased competition late in the season, which caused them to take a gamble on a flight with a one-hour layover. The gamble did not pay off, as they missed their connecting flight because their flight to Frankfurt landed ten minutes late and did not get into Kuala Lumpur until all the other teams had checked in, causing them to be eliminated in 5th.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Uchenna & Joyce are a married Team from Houston, Texas, who are going through an extremely challenging period in their lives. Both worked for now-bankrupt companies that experienced highly publicized accounting scandals: Uchenna worked for Enron and Joyce worked for WorldCom. Uchenna and Joyce's primary motivation for participating in the Race is to regain some of the closeness they've lost during these trying times.

Uchenna grew up in Los Angeles and now works as an energy broker in Houston. Uchenna and his wife have been through some challenging financial and emotional times as of late. After several failed attempts to get pregnant, they tried in-vitro fertilization, but it was unsuccessful. Uchenna describes himself as competitive and extroverted, and he enjoys basketball, scuba diving and horseback riding.

Joyce was born in Mississippi and raised in San Diego, California. Following her own layoff from WorldCom, Joyce now works in sales in Houston. Joyce and Uchenna desperately want children, and their numerous failed attempts has caused tension within their relationship.

Both are adventurous and ready to compete. Both have hinted that if they won the Race they would use the prize money for additional in-vitro fertilization procedures.

Uchenna and Joyce are one of the most beloved teams from any season of Race. The winners of Season 7, Uchenna and Joyce were relentless and stopped at nothing to win the $1 million prize… including shaving their heads. They have known each other for 16 years and have been married for seven of those. Both have admitted that the continued inability to start a family has caused a strain on their marriage, but are looking to the Race to get their relationship back on track. This thrill seeking duo will stop at nothing to win the Race as they proved in Season 7, when without hesitation, they shaved their heads for good luck after partaking in the "Fast Forward" task. A decision that moved these tough competitors to the front of the pack and no doubt granted them a stroke of luck for the rest of the Race. Uchenna describes himself as competitive, fair and charismatic, while Joyce claims to be caring, determined and sensitive. Will their competitive nature and luck be enough to propel them to another victory this time around?

The Amazing Race 7

Race History

Uchenna & Joyce's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Peru Rope a Llama / Rope a Basket No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 Peru → Chile Shop / Schlep Joyce 4 of 10
3 3 Chile → Argentina Paddle / Pedal Uchenna 2 of 9
4 4 Argentina Shipwreck / Island Joyce 3 of 8
5 5 Argentina → South Africa Tunnels / Tribes Uchenna 6 of 7
6 South Africa → Botswana Food / Water Joyce 3 of 7
6 7 Botswana Carry It / Milk It Uchenna 3 of 6 [1]
8 8 Botswana → India Solid / Liquid Uchenna 3 of 5 [2]

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9 Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
10 9 India → Turkey Columns / Kilos Uchenna 1 of 4
11 10 Turkey → United Kingdom Brains / Brawn Joyce 3 of 4
12 11 United Kingdom → Jamaica Raft It / Build It Joyce 3 of 3
12 Jamaica → Puerto Rico → United States Pony Up / Tee It Up Uchenna 1 of 3
Average 3.08
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: Uchenna & Joyce initially arrived 3rd, but they didn't complete the Roadblock correctly and were forced to finish it. This did not affect their placement.


2: Leg 8 was double-length with two Detours and two Roadblocks shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.


3: The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway point, and thus permitted Uchenna & Joyce to skip only the second set of challenges.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

Uchenna & Joyce'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 7 of 11
2 2 Ecuador → Chile By Hand / By Machine Joyce 5 of 10
3 3 Chile Vertical Limit / River Wild Uchenna 2 of 9
4 4 Chile → Argentina Navigate It / Sign It Joyce 6 of 8
5 5 Argentina → Mozambique Pamper / Porter Uchenna 7 of 7
6 6 Mozambique → Tanzania Solve It / Schlep It Uchenna 3 of 7 [4]
7 7 Tanzania → Poland Perfect Pitch / Perfect Angle Unknown 3 of 6 [5]
8 8 Poland Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
9 9 Poland → Malaysia Artistic Expression / Cookie Confection Joyce 5 of 5 [6]
Average 4.33
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 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:


4: Uchenna & Joyce initially arrived 3rd, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for being "marked for elimination" and not arriving 1st. This did not affect their placement.


5: Leg 7 had an unaired Roadblock. It is unknown whether Uchenna or Joyce performed the Roadblock.


6: Uchenna & Joyce missed a connecting flight early in Leg 9 and were not shown performing any of the tasks; they were shown proceeding from the Batu Caves Route Marker directly to the Pit Stop for elimination. However, in a post-race interview they confirmed that they completed the Cookie task of the Detour while Joyce had done the newspaper recycling Roadblock prior to being eliminated.

Post-Race Life

  • On the premiere of All-Stars, it was revealed that the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) they talked about getting after winning the race failed.
  • After their first race, they founded a charitable children's organization in Houston, Texas. They hold, "The Great Raise," a Houston-version of the Amazing Race, where teams compete around the Houston area to win money for the charities.[1]
  • In a May 2011 interview, Joyce revealed that she and Uchenna were divorced. However, they still remain good friends.[2]

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • Uchenna & Joyce are the first team to not use the Yield since its introduction and ultimately win the race.
  • Only winners to return for a future season.
  • The only former winning team to win two Fast Forwards in a career.
  • First team to be penalized for arriving last in the penultimate leg.
    • As a result, the first team not to receive any money on the last leg.
  • First team to suffer two different non-elimination penalties in a career.
  • First team to have the Marked for Elimination penalty applied and not to be eliminated.

US

  • Second African-American team to win the race, after Chip & Kim.

Interviews

Season 7

  • Harry Smith on Early Show (05/10/2005): "Uchenna & Joyce Win Race"
    • Early Show (05/11/2005): "Uchenna and Joyce Beg No More"
  • Cynthia Wang at People.com (05/11/2005): "The Amazing Race's Uchenna and Joyce"
  • AP (05/12/2005): "Uchenna and Joyce Agu win Amazing Race"
  • Ethan Alter at TV Guide (05/13/2005): "Amazing Champs Beg To Differ"
  • Tamar Alexia Fleishman at Bankrate.com (02/14/2006): "Break out of your rut, advise Amazing Race winners" 

All-Stars

  • Julie Chen on Early Show (04/09/2007): "Uchenna & Joyce Lose Race"
  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (04/09/2007): "Uchenna and Joyce Agu discuss their All-Stars experience"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (04/09/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Uchenna and Joyce Agu, 7th Team Elminated From All-Stars"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff on RealityNewsOnline (04/10/2007): "Everyone Should Live Life Boldly"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN.com (04/10/2007): "All-Stars Interview: Uchenna & Joyce"

Post-Show

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