For the other team in which Danielle ran the race, see Eric & Danielle.

Danielle Turner and Dani Torchio are a team of Childhood Friends on The Amazing Race 9.


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Danielle & Dani are childhood friends hailing from Staten Island, New York. The two beauties met over 10 years ago and have been inseparable ever since.

Outgoing and talkative, Danielle, who recently graduated from St. Johns University with a degree in Speech Pathology, has limited experience when it comes to traveling abroad and is eager to see what this globetrotting adventure has to offer.

Dani recently graduated at the top of her class from Wagner College. She describes herself as being fun-loving, wild and eager to get out of Staten Island. Like her teammate, Dani also hasn't traveled very much. She hopes the Race will provide her with the chance to explore all the different cultures in the world.

Armed with bold personalities and a fearless attitude, the duo believes that anything is possible with good looks and thick accents, which they aren't afraid to use if it helps them to win the $1 million prize.[1][2]

The Amazing Race 9

Race History

Danielle & Dani's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Head / Rotor Head No Roadblock 9 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It Danielle 8 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Dani 6 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It Dani 8 of 9
5 4 Germany → Italy Foundry / Laundry Dani 8 of 8<
Average 8.25
     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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Leg 3 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the top row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.


  • Danielle would later date fellow racer Eric and the two would win together as a new team on The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
    • They broke-up after the race citing the long living distance that came between their relationship, but remain good friends.[3]
  • Danielle is now married and has three children.


  • Danielle & Dani are the first team to be yielded and be eliminated in the same leg.
    • There are the only team in the US Version with that distinction.
  • First team to be eliminated in Sicily.

External links


  • Julie Chen on The Early Show (03/29/2006): "Race Bids 'Arrivederci' To Pinkies"
  • Jenn Basler at RealityNewsOnline (03/30/2006): "Other Teams Thought We Would Be a Threat"

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