Competing on "The Amazing Race" tests contestants both physically and mentally, and it's no small feat to win its $1 million grand prize. With Season 31 underway, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at previous seasons' winners to find out what they're up to now. On Season 30, former "Big Brother" contestants Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf took home the top prize. The pair began dating while starring on "Big Brother" in 2017. Keep reading to see where they ended up!
Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson's reality TV romance proved to be the real thing. The couple got engaged in February 2018 and married the following October. Their first child, daughter Maverick, was born in March 2019. Jessica now hosts her own podcast dubbed "Now What?!" while Cody owns his own coffee business, Couple's Coffee Co.
YouTubers Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina won Season 28. At the time, the professional dancers were engaged.
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Matt Steffanina and Dana Alexa called it quits in 2016. Dana posted about the breakup on Instagram, writing that she was "devastated" after Matt "left me several weeks ago." She's since bounced back and is now teaching classes at the famed Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley and choreographing shows and classes nationwide. Matt also seems to be doing just fine, according to his Instagram. The YouTuber is still a professional dancer who's wrapping up a 2019 dance tour in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
On Season 27, Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Buttitta took first place. At the time, they were dating colleagues who worked for news station KEYT NewsChannel 3 in Santa Barbara, California.
Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Buttitta are now happily married and expecting a little one. The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, announced their pregnancy in February 2019. Things are also going well professionally for the pair. Kelsey is a weather anchor at the KEYT station while Joey is an anchor and reporter.
On Season 26 of the show, Laura Pierson was a blind-dating racer with Tyler Adams on team "SoCal." At the time she won the top prize, she was a talent booker.
Laura Pierson opened up to Wonderwall.com in 2016 about what she did after winning "The Amazing Race." "After the race, I took three days off of work to relax and reconnect with my family and friends," she shares. "After that, I was right back to the hustle and bustle of live TV." Laura is the executive producer for a two-hour morning show called "Home and Family" on the Hallmark Channel. She's also working on a travel show with a fellow female competitor from her season. And while the show had her blind-dating her partner, Tyler, the two did not end up with a love connection. By the looks of her Instagram today, she's happily single.
When Jason Case and Amy Diaz won Season 23, they were dating.
Today, Jason Case and Amy Diaz are not only married — they're parents to three adorable kiddos! The pair tied the knot in 2015 and soon welcomed two daughters and a son. Their youngest, Allyson, was born in March 2019. Amy currently works as a motivational speaker and host.
Rob Frisbee (right) and Brennan Swain — close friends who worked for the same law firm — teamed up and won the very first season of "The Amazing Race."
Today, the Season 1 winners are doing just fine! Brennan Swain, pictured here with Rob Frisbee, friends and family on Thanksgiving in 2018, is a partner at the Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell law firm in Los Angeles. He also moonlights as a mechanical engineer (talk about smarts!). Rob is an attorney at the Zimmermann Koomer law firm in Los Angeles, according to his LinkedIn profile. The duo, who were recently guests on "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan's podcast, are both seemingly single.
Chip and Kim McAllister celebrated after crossing the finish line on "The Amazing Race" Season 5 finale.
Chip McAllister is now a realtor in California's Orange County with wife Kim at a firm called Team Chip and Kim Real Estate. They also founded PeopleStar FilmWorks along with son CJ "to bring their expertise in television and film to your business via corporate video production," according to their LinkedIn profile.
Goat farmers and life partners Josh Kilmer-Purcell (left) and Brent Ridge won "The Amazing Race" Season 21.
Dr. Brent Ridge (yes, he's a physician too!) and Josh Kilmer-Purcell married in June 2013. Brent accepted an adjunct faculty position at the State University of New York at Cobleskill in 2014 to teach marketing. The prize allowed Josh to move to the farm full-time, so he left his job in New York City. Josh shared a glimpse of farming life with his husband with "Philadelphia Gay News" in January 2015. "We didn't know what to do with all the goat milk we had and we met a woman who was producing this great goat-milk soap. We began working with her and it was our very first product," he said. "Now we work with over 50 different local artisans." Today, their farm has grown into a lifestyle brand, Beekman 1802, which features food, beauty, home decor and apparel.
Nick and Starr Spangler were the brother-and-sister team that stopped at nothing to win "The Amazing Race" Season 13.
Nick Spangler has since become a full-time actor, husband and dad. Nick, pictured here in 2016 with his "An American in Paris" castmates, most recently appeared in "Tootsie" on Broadway. He married in 2013 and has a son named Nathan, who was born in 2015. Meanwhile, Starr Spangler — who was once a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader — has kept a much lower profile.
When they won Season 19, Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang were engaged.
Cindy Chiang and Ernie Halvorsen married in 2012 and have welcomed two adorable little boys since then. Cindy currently works as the head of industry, home and fashion brands at Google, according to her LinkedIn profile. Ernie is a social impact business investor with Thread International.
Tammy and Victor Jih, siblings with Harvard law degrees, won "The Amazing Race" Season 14.
Today, Victor Jih is a partner at the Los Angeles law office of Irell & Manella, and he co-teaches the Ninth Circuit Appellate Practice Clinic at UCLA. He is also an avid marathon runner. As for sister Tammy Jih, she also continued her passion for the law and currently works as senior litigation counsel for Google in Mountain View, California. She's also a mama to a son (pictured with Uncle Victor) and a daughter with her husband, fellow Harvard Law classmate Mark John Murray.