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The Amazing Race's Million-Mile Milestone

(Top row, L–R) DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge, Will Jardell and James Wallington, Michelle and Victoria Newland, Maddison and Riley McKibbin, Jerry and Frank Eaves; (middle row, L–R) Leo Brown and Alana Folsom, Nathan Worthington and Cody Buell, Kaylynn and Haley Williams, Hung Nguyen and Chee Lee; (bottom row, L–R) Eswar and Aparna Dhinakaran, Kellie Wells-Brinkley, and LaVonne Idlette.

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The world-class reality competition is back with good old-fashioned globe-trotting adventures!

By Nate Millado

Just how amazing is The Amazing Race logging a million miles in its 32nd season, which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 14? "It's like going to the moon and back twice," host Phil Keoghan told TV Line in a recent interview. (That's quite a lot of frequent flier miles, Phil!)

And while we won't be getting our passports stamped anytime soon, it's thrilling to travel the world again—albeit vicariously. TAR 32 is essentially a back-to-basics season; there are no returning teams and no built-in gimmicks from the get-go. Just the good old-fashioned globe-trotting we've come to know and love for 32 seasons. Here's what you may have missed—and a look at the remaining 10 duos still in the running for the million-dollar prize.

Watch The Amazing Race Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Season 32 Premiere Recap: Ready, Set...Race!

Married couple Hung and Chee on The Amazing Race

Hung Nguyen and Chee Lee won the first leg of the Race.

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Season 32 started off with a bang…of a steel drum. But first, we head to the Hollywood Bowl to meet the 11 duos racing 33,000 miles around the world for a shot at $1 million. More on these teams in a bit.

The first clue ships them off to the island of Trinidad, where they must roll oil drums a quarter mile across uneven streets to a Saturday night dance party. Next, they must fly to Tobago and travel, by boat, to the Nylon Pool in search of a painted fish that matches the one in their boat. After unlocking their unique fish using a four-digit combination, the duos decide who tackles the first Road Block.

"Who thinks they can steel a show?" Racers must play a portion of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" on a steel pan, and the rhythmically challenged teams include four pro athletes. To reach the Pit Stop, you had to hold on for dear life to your racing goat across the finish line. In the end, married parents Chee and Hung meet up with Phil first. No rest for the weary, as the race continues past this leg…except for Tennessee besties Nathan and Cody, who finish last and are eliminated from the race. Now that you're up to speed, get to know the remaining 10 teams!

Brothers Riley And Maddison

Riley McKibbin and Maddison McKibbin

Riley and Maddison McKibbin, brothers and professional volleyball players from Honolulu.

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Brothers Riley and Maddison are pro volleyball players from Hawaii. For Maddison, the final descent to a country he's never visited is what excites him the most about traveling: "That specific moment brings back this anticipatory excitement of getting to see things I've never seen before, meet new people, and not knowing what this next adventure has in store." Riley grew up watching The Amazing Race and often caught himself thinking, "If that were me, what would I do, or I could definitely win this roadblock or that detour, or welp, it'd be over for me if I had to do that!" Well, here's your shot, Riley!

Couple Will And James

Will Jardell and James Wallington

Will Jardell and James Wallington, a couple from Nederland, Texas and Grand Rapids, Mich.

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When James was 12, he remembers watching The Amazing Race pilot and telling himself, "'I'm going to race one day.' Fast-forward 19 years and nine casting applications later, I'm gearing up for Season 32 with the love of my life." James' soul mate is Will, who describes himself as, a "go-getter, realistic, and fierce."

Former NFL Stars DeAngelo And Gary

DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge

DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge, former NFL stars from Charlotte, N.C., and Middleburg, Fla.

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During the season premiere, DeAngelo called his former Carolina Panthers teammate, Gary, his brother from another mother—they're essentially the same, aside from the obvious. Retired from the NFL, DeAngelo now plays the "badass car rider line parent" to four kids. Also retired, competitive Gary relishes in getting "that adrenaline going again." Although they just made the cut—they finished 10th in the premiere—these pro athletes are ones to watch.

Married Parents Hung And Chee

Hung Nguyen and Chee Lee

Hung Nguyen and Chee Lee, married parents from Houston

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Hung and Chee made an early statement by finishing first in the Season 32 premiere. Prior to that, Chee's proudest accomplishment was devouring "5 pounds of pizza in 60 minutes to win a pizza-eating challenge." And because these married parents never went on a trip after their wedding, Hung calls this "the ultimate honeymoon."

Sisters Kaylynn And Haley

Kaylynn and Haley Williams

Kaylynn and Haley Williams, sisters from Bluffton, S.C.

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Self-proclaimed street-smart sisters Kaylynn and Haley have been through everything together—they're even both real estate agents!—so competing on The Amazing Race was a no-brainer. "Getting to travel the world with your best friend is something that most people can't say that they have done," Kaylynn says. "We'll be able to share these stories for a lifetime."

Father And Son Jerry And Frank

Jerry Eaves and Frank Eaves

Jerry and Frank Eaves, a father and son from Louisville, Ky.

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Radio talk show host and men's basketball coach Jerry calls traveling the world with his son a "lifelong dream." Meanwhile, the younger Eaves hopes to strengthen an already tight bond with his dad, "as well as show him he has raised a great and capable young man. He is the best father I could have ever asked for," Frank says, "and I want to give back by showing him his work [didn't] happen in vain or go unnoticed." All the feels!

Brother And Sister Eswar And Aparna

Eswar Dhinakaran and Aparna Dhinakaran

Eswar and Aparna Dhinakaran, siblings from Fremont and Berkeley, Calif.

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Aparna and Eswar were two Indian-American kids who didn't often see people like them on American reality TV shows. Aparna, who's had a dream of being on this show since she was 8, says "making a childhood dream a reality is sweet, but getting to do that with your sibling is the cherry on top." Meanwhile, Eswar says he just learned how to swim a couple years ago, which will definitely come in handy on the Race. "But I was able to learn pretty quickly and am now comfortable surfing!"

Couple Leo And Alana

Leo Brown and Alana Folsom

Leo Brown and Alana Folsom, a couple from Somerville, Mass.

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Alana and Leo met on Tinder just a few months before leaving on The Amazing Race, so there's nothing like a race around the world to really get to know one another. Alana says she hopes "to gain a deeper trust and better understanding of Leo, especially in high-stress situations," while her boyfriend says he wants "to convince Alana that I'm a keeper!"

Sisters Michelle And Victoria

Michelle Newland and Victoria Newland

Michelle and Victoria Newland, sisters from Lafayette, La.

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Victoria calls her bond with sister Michelle "unbreakable," which should hopefully serve them well on a 33,000-mile race. Meanwhile, Michelle calls Victoria her best friend, soulmate, and sister rolled into one: "Together, we can make epic dreams come true!"

Olympians Kellie And LaVonne

Kellie Wells Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette

Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, Olympians from Richmond, Va., and Miami

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As a former Olympic hurdler, Kellie says she has "a wanderlust itch that needs to be scratched and I really miss the element of competition!" In The Amazing Race, she's found "something that combines the two things that I love in a really unconventional way." As for Kellie's best friend and fellow Olympian, LaVonne—who else can say they passed the Florida bar exam and went to world championships in the same year?

Watch The Amazing Race Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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