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Debra Carmody and Steve Carmody are a team of Married Parents on The Amazing Race 4.

Overweight and out of shape, they hoped to use their intellect to keep up with their competitors. However, their lack of physical ability doomed them to be the first team eliminated when they faced a very physical leg in Italy.


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"We come across as a sweet, loving couple, but we're not!" Debra, 49, has two grown kids from a previous marriage. They've been married 8½ years, after meeting on a coed softball team Debra "started in order to meet single men." She holds a BA from Northeastern University, an MA from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently director of an artist's colony. Debra considers herself "bawdy, outgoing and driven," and enjoys walking, painting and traveling. She's afraid of "heights and dark waters," and sometimes has trouble with her husband/teammate's devotion to his work: she gets jealous. Debra blows off steam by cleaning the house, and admits that she can be a "controlling and dominating know-it-all." She speaks no foreign languages, but has traveled to France, Mexico and Canada. She refuses to eat fish, according to Steve. She's outgoing and pushes boundaries, while Steve is more cautious and reserved, and "always follows the rules." Says Debra, "I raised money for opera in Oklahoma. I think I can do anything."

"We can be sneaky, snide and devious," says Steve, 40, a radio news director. He jokingly claims that he met Debra through "The Great Softball Conspiracy" perpetrated by his wife, but considers their wedding the most exciting moment of his life. His wife/teammate reminds him of Bonnie Hunt. Steve holds a BA from the University of Scranton. He describes himself as "fun, smart and deceptive," but regrets that "sometimes I let opportunities slip through my hands." Steve speaks no foreign languages and has traveled to Canada, Mexico, France, Germany and Belgium. He counts "people skills" among his finer traits.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Debra: Moderate: extensive travel in the States some travel in Canada, Mexico and France.
  • Steve: I have traveled throughout the US, Germany and Belgium. Debra and I have also spent time in Canada, Mexico and France.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Debra: Not being in total control.
  • Steve: Being in a crowded place, where I don't speak or read the language. (It's also the most fun!)

What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?

  • Debra: Notebook with pen. When info is needed in foreign locations, can be used for locals to write helpful info in both English and the country's native language.
  • Steve: A fresh pair of socks. Your pants can be dirty, your shirt can be soaking wet. But a pair of clean, dry socks are good for another 20 miles hiking.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Debra: A once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel the world and be together with my husband with few interruptions.
  • Steve: It's a chance to see things, do things and be places Debra and I could never have imagined.

Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?

  • Debra: Yes. We compliment each other very well. Steve can be a very calming influence, and there is no one else I'd rather be with.
  • Steve: Debra and I take long cross-country road trips (10 hours or more) fairly regularly. It gives us a chance to focus on each other and have fun.

What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Debra: Other than heights, I'm so excited about what's ahead I'm not feeling any fear.
  • Steve: Being one and done.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Debra: Strengths: organized, competitive, sense of humor. Weaknesses: sometimes my competitive streak gets out of control.
  • Steve: I'm our Team's muscle (which I guess is our weakness). And I'm the steadying force (which, hopefully, is a strength).

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Debra: Strengths: determination, kindness, intelligence. Weaknesses: sometimes too nice, follows the rules to the T.
  • Steve: Debra's the brains of the organization, but sometimes her competitiveness gets the best of her.

What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?

  • Debra: Our pets, Switzer (beagle) and Clarence (yellow Persian cat)
  • Steve: Our beagle (Switzer) and our Persian (Clarence). The two of them push me out of bed in the morning.

What languages do you speak?

  • Debra: English and a little bit of Spanish.
  • Steve: English (barely).

What destination are you hoping to visit?

What country do you feel best prepared for?

  • Debra: France.
  • Steve: I feel prepared for nothing.[2]

The Amazing Race 4

Race History

Debra & Steve's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Italy Search / Rescue No Roadblock 12 of 12
Average 12.00
     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



  • Debra & Steve are the first team to be eliminated in Italy.

External links


  • FansOfRealityTV (05/30/2003): "Our Interview with Debra and Steve"
  • TARflies (06/07/2003): "Phat, Phun, and Phorty"
  • Chelsea Morrison at University of Michigan Record (11/23/2009): "Spotlight: Broadcast journalist's career an amazing race"

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