Gary Tomljenovich and Matt Tomljenovich are a Father/Son team on The Amazing Race 15.

While they were a solid team, they found themselves behind early in leg 9 due to incurring a Speed Bump in the previous leg. Already having to play catch up, Matt struggled with the secret message Roadblock, dropping them even further behind and ensuring their elimination in 5th place.


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Gary is a PC, Matt is a Mac. Gary enjoys hunting, Matt enjoys video games. Gary enjoys classic rock, Matt enjoys metal. This father and son duo do not have a lot in common and they never have … that is why they are running the Race. They are eager to share the experience of a lifetime with one another and establish a bond for the rest of their lives.

Despite their many differences, these two share a bond in their common sense approach to problem solving, which at times, has been said to be uncanny.

Gary is hoping Matt will open up to him during the Race, as they will be forced to spend all of their time together — a first for each of them. Matt is hoping that his dad will learn to listen to him and attempt to understand his point of view.

Matt was almost killed when he was hit by a car and broke his leg so badly that he had to have a metal rod put in to hold it in place. It has since been removed and he is back in great shape and ready to race. Matt describes himself as creative, trustworthy and a peacemaker, while Gary describes himself as decisive, direct and competitive.

They see this as a great opportunity for them to see the world and spend quality time together, while hopefully winning the Race and a million dollars along the way.[1]

The Amazing Race 15

Race History

Gary & Matt's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Gary 7 of 12
2 Japan → Vietnam No Detour Matt 1 of 11
2 3 Vietnam Child's Play / Word Play Matt 3 of 10
3 4 Vietnam → Cambodia Cover / Wrap Gary 4 of 9
4 5 Cambodia → United Arab Emirates Build a Snowman / Find a Snowman Matt 4 of 8
5 6 United Arab Emirates Gold / Glass Gary 5 of 7
6 7 United Arab Emirates → The Netherlands Farmer's Game / Farmer's Dance Matt 4 of 6
7 8 The Netherlands → Sweden Nobel Dynamite / Viking Alphabet Gary 5 of 5
8 9 Sweden → Estonia Serve / Sling Matt 5 of 5
Average 4.22
     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 U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn



External links


  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (11/16/2009): "We Don't Feel Like We Lost"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (11/16/2009): "The Amazing Race 15: Exclusive Interview with Gary and Matt Tomljenovich"
  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (11/16/2009): "Exclusive: Gary and Matt Tomljenovich discuss The Amazing Race 15"
  • (11/17/2009): "Father-Son Duo Closer After The Race"

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