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Terry Lake Garner and Michelle Garner are a team of Married Parents on The Amazing Race 9.

The couple often bickered throughout their time on the race, with Lake tending to berate Michelle for all their mistakes and give himself credit for all their successes, while Michelle admitted to accepting the blame to keep their team on track. Regardless, they did fairly well in the early legs, managing to keep up with stronger, younger teams. However, they got lost on the way to the Pit Stop in Greece, allowing BJ & Tyler to pass them, resulting in their elimination in 6th place.


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Lake & Michelle are a close-knit married couple from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They met as freshmen in college and have been married for 13 years.

Lake is a dentist who has limited traveling experience outside of the United States. While he describes himself as energetic and motivated, Michelle notes that he's your typical Type A personality, very impatient and always looking for ways to do it better.

Michelle is a stay-at-home mother of three who works part-time in Lake's office. She claims that she's much more laid back than her husband and hopes this won't cause friction between the two while taking part on THE AMAZING RACE. Michelle sees herself as being loyal, kind and loving and is running the Race to prove to herself and Lake that she's capable of accomplishing things.

While Lake & Michelle are both aware of their personality differences, they feel they work well together and hope their differences will actually help them as they travel the world on the Race.[1]

The Amazing Race 9[]

Race History[]

Lake & Michelle's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Head / Rotor Head No Roadblock 5 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It Lake 7 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Lake 2 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It Lake 3 of 9
5 4 Germany → Italy Foundry / Laundry Lake 5 of 8>
6 5 Italy Big Fish / Little Fish Michelle 5 of 7
7 6 Italy → Greece Herculean Effort / It's All Greek to Me Michelle 6 of 6 [2]
Average 5.17
     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 a double-length leg, 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.
2: Lake and Michelle were subject to a 15-minute penalty for taking a bus instead of a train all the way to the Isthmos Train Station. However, they arrived after all the other teams checked in and were eliminated without the penalty being applied.


  • During the airing of the season, Lake apologized to Michelle profusely regarding his behavior on the race.[2]
  • In September 2019, the couple's show, "The Tooth Hurts", debuted which chronicles their personal and professional lives.[3][4][5]


  • Lake & Michelle are the first team to be eliminated in Greece.

External links[]


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (04/13/2006): "Race: Farewell To Lake and Michelle"
  • Jenn Basler at RealityNewsOnline (04/14/2006): "You Can't Believe Everything That You See"
  • Rochell D. Thomas at TV Guide Online (04/19/2006): "Are Race's Castoffs Fighting Mad?"

Social Media Profiles[]


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