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Michael "Mike" Dombrowski and Rochelle Nevedal are a Dating team on The Amazing Race 26.

Despite a number of struggles, both on tasks and with navigation, they managed to limit their bickering, and what fights they did have were quickly resolved. While they spent a lot of time in the back of the pack, they managed to stay in the game thanks to keeping their mistakes small while other teams imploded around them, and they managed to be the last previously dating couple standing. However, their luck would finally catch up with them over the final two legs, as a trio of bad cabs dropped them to the back of the pack, and when they reached the first Roadblock, just like the previous season, Phil Keoghan was waiting to inform them that the task's cattle had all been rounded up by the other 3 teams and they would be unable to participate in the Roadblock, meaning they were eliminated in 4th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Mike

  • Name: Michael "Mike" Dombrowski
  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
  • Relationship Status: Dating
  • Length of Relationship: 8 months
  • How did you meet? Rochelle and I met through both running our events at the same venue. Eventually we set up a cross-promoting partnership and began getting to know each other and I was hooked.
  • Current occupation: Pro Wrestling Promoter and Truck Stop Manager
  • Describe what you do: Promote, book and organize professional wrestling events. Keep growing audience event to event.
  • 3 words to describe you: Passionate, extreme and unique.
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, fishing, traveling to concerts and road trips.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Booking WWE Hall of Famers Mick Foley and Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall in my hometown of Kalkaska, MI. It was front page news here.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Harley Morenstein of Epic MEAL Empire. Obnoxious at times, similar look and style.
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kesha- unique, own style/image, like to have fun.
  • What scares you most about traveling? If I'm traveling somewhere new to me, the possibility of getting lost or stranded with no resources.
  • What excites you most about traveling? Getting to see different cultures and ways of life, change of scenery from city to city, and country to country.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Rochelle's listening ability. She says I give good advice, and can coach her through situations, but she doesn't always listen to my advice.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: That she gets legitimately pissed off if I beat her at anything. Even something as small as a game of checkers. I love her competitiveness, but not when I'm her competition.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Tokyo, Japan. Many wrestlers I know travel there for events, and I've heard nothing but amazing things from them all.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to gain a stronger connection with Rochelle, to see if we can handle the stress, and work together through it. I also feel it would be a very good bonding experience.
  • How could the Race change the current state of your relationship? It would without a doubt test us for the future. A worldwide race within a month would test our strength, teamwork and communication skills. If we come out of the race stronger, we should be able to handle anything.

Rochelle

  • Name: Rochelle Nevedal
  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
  • Relationship Status: Dating
  • Length of Relationship: 8 months
  • How did you meet? I met Mike when I was going around town for an upcoming roller derby bout. I stopped into his truck stop and we started talking. We both had a lot in common and hit it off right away!
  • Current occupation: Contract Engineer
  • Describe what you do: I am a contract engineer who does work for ATT. I also co-own a roller derby league that I started in my small town.
  • 3 words to describe you: Athletic, creative and driven.
  • Favorite hobbies: Roller derby, paddle boarding and snowboarding.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Raising an 8-year-old son who is creative, unique and absolutely amazing!
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Joan Jett
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Opie from "Sons of Anarchy."
  • What scares you most about traveling? Getting lost in unfamiliar places.
  • What excites you most about traveling? Learning new cultures and experiencing things I cannot here in the U.S.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: He's not good at expressing things when he's upset. He keeps it all in until he blows up about whatever is on his mind.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: When he's in public he is in his "Mikey Zeroe" persona which isn't who I signed up to date. His ego can get in the way.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Bali, Indonesia - I heard it's absolutely stunning and the people are very friendly. I also heard it's affordable.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? As a single mom, I am very protective on whom I bring into my son and my life. I am looking at the race sort of as a "Fast Forward" to our relationship. I am hoping by going on the race I can figure out if our relationship will last.
  • How could the Race change the current state of your relationship? Since we haven't dated all that long, it will be a make or break situation and help me figure out if we are meant to be together. I don't want to waste time with someone who I cannot depend on.

The Amazing Race 26

Race History

Mike & Rochelle's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan Syncing Steps / Samurai Sake No Roadblock 7 of 11
2 2 Japan Share / Chair Mike 8 of 10
3 3 Japan → Thailand Ski / Tree No Roadblock 1 of 9
4 4 Thailand Water / Wheel Rochelle 6 of 9
5 5 Thailand → Germany Stein / Stack Mike 7 of 8
6 6 Germany → France → Monaco → France Don't Slack Off / Win By a Nose Mike 3 of 7
7 7 France → Namibia Track / Pack Rochelle 5 of 6
8 8 Namibia Work / Play Mike 5 of 6
9 9 Namibia → The Netherlands Soak / Shuffle Rochelle 4 of 5
10 10 The Netherlands → Peru Mamas / Papas Mike 3 of 5
11 11 Peru Shake Your Hips / Make Some Bricks Rochelle 4 of 4
12 12 Peru → United States No Detour Mike 4 of 4 [1]

[2]

Average 4.75
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
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
The team that found and won the Date Night ticket.

Notes:


1: Leg 11 had no mandatory rest period between legs, and all teams were ordered to continue racing. Mike & Rochelle did not have to face a Speed Bump during Leg 12, despite coming in last during Leg 11.


2: Mike & Rochelle were eliminated at the midpoint at P2 Ranch.

Post-Race

  • For The Amazing Race 27, Mike & Rochelle hosted weekly episode recaps on the YouTube channel, On the Block Network.[2]
  • On September 2, 2017, Mike & Rochelle got married.

Trivia

Franchise Records

  • They are the second team to finish fourth on the penultimate leg to be allowed to complete on the final leg (after Amy & Maya in the previous season).

Season 26

  • Mike & Rochelle were the first pre-show dating team to win a leg.
    • They also ended up as the last pre-dating team standing.

Other

  • Rochelle is a vegetarian.[3]

External links

Interviews

  • Adora Namigadde on 9&10 News (01/22/2015): "Kalkaska Couple to Compete on Amazing Race"
  • Kristen Daukas at sheknows.com (05/14/2015): "The Amazing Race: 9 Burning questions with Rochelle and Mike before the finale"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (05/18/2015): "Amazing Race 2015 | Top 4 Exit Interviews"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (05/20/2015): "Mike and Rochelle Reveal All the Cab Trouble You Didn't See"
  • Elimination Interviews on CBS.com (05/20/2015): "Mike And Rochelle End Race Even Closer Than Before: #TruckStopLove leave in good spirits"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/26/2015): "Exclusive: The Amazing Race couple Rochelle Nevedal and Michael Dombrowski talk"
  • Noah Groves & Anthony Rossi on Survivor Oz (09/16/2015): "The Amazing Race Oz - Mike and Rochelle Interview"

Social Media Profiles

References

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