Nancy Lundgren Hoyt[1] and Emily Hoyt are a Mother/Daughter team on The Amazing Race 1.

Nancy and Emily quickly became fan favorites due to their tenacity despite being heavily outclassed by the other teams and being constantly on the edge of emotional breakdown.  However, after losing a vital Fast Forward to Joe & Bill, Nancy convinced a frustrated Emily to quit the Detour, earning them a 24-hour penalty that would cost them the Race. Even though they would still make it to the Pit Stop before Joe & Bill, they were penalized, and finished 5th.


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Nancy and Emily are the only parent-and-child Team on THE AMAZING RACE. They've enjoyed traveling extensively together, but have had a few disagreements along the way. They're a strong Team for THE AMAZING RACE because while mother Nancy is good at planning and considerate of others, daughter Emily is impulsive and competitive.[2]

The Amazing Race 1

Race History

Nancy & Emily's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → South Africa → Zambia Air / Land Emily 10 of 11 [1]
2 2 Zambia → France Far / Near Emily 8 of 10
3 3 France Tough Climb / Easy Walk Emily 8 of 9
4 4 France → Tunisia Full Body Brew / Full Body Massage Emily 3 of 8
5 5 Tunisia Listening / Puzzling Emily 3 of 7
6 6 Tunisia → Italy Foot / Hoof Nancy 5 of 6
7 7 Italy → India Glide / Ride Nancy 5 of 6
8 8 India Elephant / Row Boat Emily 5 of 5
9 9 India → Thailand Did not perform Emily 5 of 5 [2]
Average 5.78
     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

1: There was an unaired Roadblock where one teammate had to cook a whole ostrich egg for the whole team to eat. On the DVD release, it was shown that Emily completed the task.
2: Nancy & Emily attempted the Private option of the Detour but skipped it and took a cab (to the next route marker) after growing frustrated of not finding a private car (prepared by the production team) for many hours. They initially arrived 4th at the Pit Stop, but their decision to deliberately forfeit the Detour incurred them a 24-hour time penalty, landing them at last place.


Franchise Records

  • First blood-related and parent/child team to compete.
  • First team to be eliminated due to a penalty.
    • This is also the longest time penalty in the history of the race and will not be broken due to rule changes.
  • First team to be eliminated in Thailand.


  • Highest placing by a mother/daughter team, 5th place.
  • Emily performed the most Roadblocks, prior to the six Roadblock rule, out of any woman, performing 7.


  • Last all-female team standing in season 1.
  • Highest average placing all-female team in season 1 with 5.78


  • Emily dated fellow Season 1 racer Brennan Swain but eventually broke up.[3]
    • She got married in 2009.[4]
  • On December 8, 2011, Nancy passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.[5]
  • featured them for a Mother's Day Celebration slideshow in 2015.[6]

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