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Arun Kumar and Natalia Kumar are a Father/Daughter team on The Amazing Race 33.

Despite being superfans of the Race, Arun & Natalia struggled with navigation, which led to them being eliminated in the third leg. However, an unprecedented hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the father-daughter duo to re-enter the Race to replace some of the teams unable to return, where they struggled with the same problems. However, mistakes by their competitors, combined with their own perseverance and good luck with encountering Non-Elimination Legs, allowed Arun & Natalia to reach the final four. In the penultimate leg, despite initially being able to keep up with the other teams, Arun struggled with the first Roadblock, leaving them so far behind that not even setbacks from their nearest competitor, Ryan & Dusty, could allow the father-daughter tandem to catch up, resulting in their final elimination in 4th place.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com[1] and Parade.com[2]

Arun Kumar[]

Name: Arun Kumar
Age: 56
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Natalia Kumar[]

Name: Natalia Kumar
Age: 28
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Arun Kumar and Natalia Kumar, father and daughter from Detroit, Michigan.

Arun, 56, and Natalia, 28, are Day 1 fans of The Amazing Race, living their dream by coming onto the show. Arun grew up in India, hoping his worldliness will give him a leg up. Natalia went onto the show intending to get a nice early wedding gift of one million dollars for her upcoming nupitals.

The Amazing Race 33[]

Race History[]

Arun & Natalia's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → United Kingdom Artist Den / Digiben No Roadblock 9 of 11
2 2 United Kingdom Bullseye, Mate / Decorate Arun 3 of 10
3 3 United Kingdom Kilt / Rebuilt Natalia 10 of 10
4 4 Switzerland Punch It / Toss It Arun 6 of 7 [1]
5 5 Switzerland Bartender Race / Sausage Encase Natalia 6 of 6
6 6 Switzerland → France Say Cheese / Mule, Please Arun 4 of 6
7 7 France Row, Row, Row Your Boat / Gently Down the Stream Natalia 5 of 5
8 8 France → Greece No Detour Arun 4 of 5 [2]
Natalia
9 9 Greece Bring 'Em / Break 'Em Arun 3 of 4
10 10 Greece → Portugal No Detour Arun 4 of 4 [3]
Natalia
Average 5.40
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

Notes:
1: Arun & Natalia returned in Leg 4 to replace Anthony & Spencer, Caro & Ray, Connie & Sam, and Taylor & Isaiah. For being allowed to re-enter the Race, Arun & Natalia had to perform a Speed Bump, which went unaired.[3]
2: Leg 8 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
3: Leg 10 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post-Race[]

  • Natalia got married on May 23, 2021 between the Race's suspension and the Race's resumption.[4]

Trivia[]

US Records[]

  • Arun & Natalia, alongside Michael & Moe, are the first teams to return after being previously eliminated from the Race.
    • They are the second team to be eliminated twice on the same season, following Michael & Moe.
  • The first team to receive a Departure Time Penalty after finishing last on a Non-Elimination Leg, and the first team to receive the penalty twice on the same season, and surviving it both times.
  • Arun & Natalia are the second team to arrive at a Pit Stop in last place on four separate legs, in a single season following Liz & Michael.

External links[]

Interviews[]

  • Rob Cesternino and Jessica Liese at Rob has a Website (03/03/2022): "Amazing Race 33 - 4th Place"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade (03/04/2022): "The Amazing Race 33's Arun and Natalia Kumar Recap Their Various Brushes with Elimination"
  • Joyce Eng at Gold Derby (03/04/2022): "'The Amazing Race's' Arun and Natalia on rowing gone wrong: 'I just did a big choke job'"

Social Media Profiles[]


References[]

The Amazing Race 33 Teams
 Akbar & Sheri
Married Educators
S33 AkbarSheri
 Anthony & Spencer
Childhood Friends
S33 AnthonySpencer
 Arun & Natalia
Father/Daughter
S33 ArunNatalia
 Caro & Ray
Dating
S33 CaroRay
 Connie & Sam
Married
S33 ConnieSam
 Kim & Penn
Internet Personalities
S33 KimPenn
 Lulu & Lala
Twins/Radio Hosts
S33 LuluLala
 Michael & Moe
Singing Police Officers
S33 MichaelMoe
 Raquel & Cayla
Flight Attendants
S33 RaquelCayla
 Ryan & Dusty
Best Friends
S33 RyanDusty
S33 TaylorIsaiah
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