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Utah father-and-son cancer survivors run ‘The Amazing Race’ again

Television » A serious injury forced Dave and Connor O’Leary out the first time.



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"Going back, we said, ‘Shoot, we don’t have a prayer … against all these young people. Some of them are professional athletes.’ "

Those would be the Harlem Globestrotters duo — Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton.

At a glance

Amazing racers

The other 10 teams competing with Dave and Connor O’Leary are:

» Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, 27 (twins), finished fourth in Season 21

» Meghan Camerana, 26, and Joey Graceffa, 22 (YouTube hosts), finished fifth in Season 22

» Caroline Cutbirth, 30, and Jennifer Wayne (country music singers), finished fourth in Season 22

» John Erck, 28, and Jessica Hoel, 27 (engaged), finished ninth in Season 22

» Mark Jackson, 47, and William “Bopper” Minton, 43 (friends), finished fifth in Season 20

» Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, 37, and Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, 32 (Harlem Globetrotters), finished fourth in Season 15 and second in Season 18

» Cord, 33, and Jet McCoy, 34 (cowboys/brothers), finished second in Season 16 and sixth in Season 18

» Margie O’Donnell, 56, and Luke Adams, 28 (mother and son), finished third in Season 14 and eighth in Season 18

» Rachel Reilly, 30, and Brendon Villegas, 33 (newlyweds), finished third in Season 20

» Leo Temory, 27, and Jamal Zadran, 26 (aka the Afghanimals), finished fourth in Season 23

Season premiere

“The Amazing Race” returns Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. on CBS/Ch. 2.

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"I got to know Connor and Dave really well," Lang said. "Good guys. They’re both cancer survivors, and my dad passed away from cancer so I had a link with those two from the beginning. Running a race with them was so much fun."

And fun was what the O’Learys decided to have on "The Amazing Race."

"When we went into it last time, we had no idea what our chances were," Dave said. "And at the end of the second leg, I ruptured my Achilles. So from that point, we said, ‘We’re in this for fun.’ We knew we couldn’t win. And we had a great time."

And the great thing about "The Amazing Race" is that if you make it through two legs or six legs or all the way to the end, you get a chance to visit some cool places and experience cultures far different from what you’ll find in Salt Lake City.

"Honestly, the draw of going on the race for me initially was seeing some amazing places," Connor said. "You’re a winner regardless of how far you make it."

spierce@sltrib.com

Twitter: @ScottDPierce




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