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Vanck & Ashton
S29 VanckAshton
Team Profile
Members Vanck Zhu
Ashton Theiss
Age 28 (Vanck)
25 (Ashton)
Hometown St. Paul, Minnesota (Vanck)
Fort Worth, Texas (Ashton)
Relation Strangers
Occupation Investment Research (Vanck)
Real Estate Agent (Ashton)
Hashtag #TeamVanckandAshton

The Amazing Race 29

Legs Competed 6
Legs Won 0
Placement 7th
Average Position 4.83
Roadblock Count Vanck: 3
Ashton: 2
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Panama Flag of Brazil Flag of Tanzania Flag of Norway
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Vanck Zhu and Ashton Theiss are a team on the 29th season of The Amazing Race.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Vanck

Age: 28
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
Current occupation: Investment Research
Describe what you do: I analyze stocks and bonds for investment purposes.
3 words to describe you: Intellectual, objective and resourceful.
Favorite hobbies: Reading, thinking, table tennis, sports, photography and trying new things.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?: Successful career in financial industry.
What scares you most about traveling?: Getting sick.
What excites you most about traveling?: Seeing the world and meeting people.
What qualities do you hope your partner has?: People skills.
What qualities will be hard for you to put up with in a partner?: Stubbornness.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge you and your teammate face?: Understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?: Antarctica because it is so remote.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?: Challenge myself and broaden my perspective.[1]

Ashton

Age: 25
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Current occupation: Real Estate Agent
Describe what you do: During my time in the industry, I have worked with a wide variety of transactions. My passion is connecting with and helping people achieve their personal goals in real estate. I work with clients on everything from high-rise urban living, to ranchettes in the country, and small, quaint historic cottages to elegant luxury estates. In addition to residential real estate, I do my fair share of farm and ranch transactions. My largest listing is a $8.75m farm right now. In March 2017, I was voted as one of the top real estate agents by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.
3 words to describe you: Ambitious, hardworking and adventurous.
Favorite hobbies: Boxing, cycling, hunting and traveling.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?: I was the first person in my family to attend a university. I graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a double degree.
What scares you most about traveling?: Getting lost.
What excites you most about traveling?: Discovering new places and experiencing new cultures. There is so much to be gained from traveling. It truly does make you a richer person.
What qualities do you hope your partner has?: I hope my partner is someone with a go-getter, "we can do anything" mentality. Being confident and positive while keeping your eye on the goal of winning is absolutely necessary to take this thing all the way to the finish line. Hopefully my partner is someone that has a combination of mental and physical strength and will truly be my equal in this race.
What qualities will be hard for you to put up with in a partner?: I will have an extremely hard time with a partner that is negative, rude or lacks common sense. This race requires street smarts, being able think on your feet, and being a chameleon of sorts depending on the challenge at hand. Someone who is rigid will have a difficult time working through the ups and downs on the race. Also, I am hopeful I have a partner who is as strong or stronger than I am. I feel that I trained adequately for the race, but some extra muscle definitely wouldn't hurt.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge you and your teammate face?: Being able to work together and set aside differences will likely be the biggest challenge. Not knowing who I will be with circling the globe is terrifying. But, I feel that I can work with just about any personality type.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why?: I would LOVE to visit Italy. It's been on the top of my travel wish list for a long time. Thailand or Brazil are close runners-up.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)?: There are so many things to be gained by running The Amazing Race. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world in an extremely unique way. I cannot wait to check more places off of my travel list. I think The Race will push me to my limits mentally and physically, so I am excited to see exactly what I am capable of.[2]

The Amazing Race 29

Race History

Vanck & Ashton's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Panama Shoot / Scoot No Roadblock 7 of 11 [1]
2 2 Panama → Brazil Keep the Beat / Work Your Feet Ashton 2 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Tanzania Build It / Weave It Vanck 3 of 9
4 4 Tanzania Lock / Knock Vanck 6 of 8
5 5 Tanzania → Norway Trolls / Troll Ashton 4 of 7
6 6 Norway → Italy Make a Mold / Grab a Hold Vanck 7 of 7
Average 4.83
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: Ashton & Vanck initially checked in 8th, but received time credit for a storm at the site of the Detour, pushing them up to 7th.

Post-Race

Trivia

External Links

Interviews

  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at RealityTV World (05/03/2017): "Ashton Theiss Exclusive: U-Turning only my team was unfair, a bad strategic move"
  • Russ McCaaskey on CBS-DFW (05/04/2017): "Ashton Theiss Has No Regrets After Amazing Race Run"

Social Media Profiles

References

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