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Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran are a team of Cousins on The Amazing Race 23, The Amazing Race: All-Stars, and The Amazing Race 31.

Dubbing themselves the "Afghanimals" in The Amazing Race 23, Leo & Jamal formed a flirtatious partnership early on with Ally & Ashley, with the two teams closely working together throughout the race. However, their loud, sometimes obnoxious, behavior, as well as their propensity for lying, led to their competitors seeing them as untrustworthy and annoying, resulting in them being U-Turned twice, though surviving both times, becoming the first team to do so. They eventually made it to the final four, though came in last on a Non-Elimination Leg. They led for most of the penultimate leg and seemed well on their way to overcoming their Speed Bump, but a small oversight by Leo during a close race between all four teams at the Roadblock proved to be all the difference, eliminating them in 4th place.

In All-Stars, Leo & Jamal ran a more subtle, social race in an attempt to avoid being targets for a U-Turn again. Their stronger social play allowed them to become part of the Accidental Alliance with Caroline & Jennifer and Dave & Connor, though the cousins notably deviated from the alliance's plans to target Brendon & Rachel with a U-Turn, instead using it to eliminate Jet & Cord, whom the Afghanimals identified as threats early on. Once again making it to the penultimate leg, Leo & Jamal found themselves leading early on, but later struggled to find the location of the detour putting them in last place. Although they arrived in time to see Brendon and Rachel, they were unable to overtake them, resulting in them once again finishing in 4th place.

Returning for a third time in The Amazing Race 31, Leo & Jamal initially saw great success, again using their propensity for deceit and theatrics to win the first two legs. However, they went on a slump after this, regularly struggling and making mistakes, with Leo notably displaying problems with tasks involving attention to detail. Despite their struggles, their experience, combined with their competitors targeting each other, allowed them to make it to the final three for the first time. However, in the final leg, Leo again failed to pay attention to a critical detail in the Roadblock, dropping them far behind in last early on. The Afghanimals were never able to catch up, finishing in a distant 3rd place.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com[1][2][3]

Leo[]

Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Connection to your teammate: Cousin
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur
Describe what you do: I own and operate a restaurant and recently opened a bar/lounge.
3 words to describe you: Smart, funny and friendly.
Favorite hobbies: Hiking, traveling, tennis and cooking.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Climbing Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, with no prior experience.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Bill Gates
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kobe Bryant
What scares you most about traveling? Missing my flight or a bad taxi.
What excites you most about traveling? Meeting and interacting with different cultures.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Sometimes my cousin doesn't listen or take my advice or direction to heart. I want to show him that I mean well and have him listen and be patient with me.
Pet peeve about your teammate: That he is very secretive and sometimes isn't serious enough.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Venezuela, because the women are beautiful in South America.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to become closer to my cousin and show the entire world that Afghans are great, fun people and not just what we are portrayed in the media.

Jamal[]

Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Connection to your teammate: Cousin
Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group)
Describe what you do: I manage and operate Zadran Investment Group (Z.I.G.) where we own our own Independent Dealership to sell cars to the public. Z.I.G. also buys and flips homes in the Southern California area and operates as a Reality Firm to the Public. Part of my Investment Group also manages Equity Portfolios with trading of stocks, bonds and forex, and options.
3 words to describe you: Persistent, confident and energetic.
Favorite hobbies: Jet skiing, paintball and boogie boarding.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Working in Afghanistan for two years with the U.S. Military.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Kobe Bryant – competitor and champion.
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Albert Einstein – his ideas are efficient and usually right.
What scares you most about traveling? A bird hitting the aircraft and the plane crashing.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the different cultural customs people have and being able to try it out with them if allowed. To interact with and actually leave a life-lasting memory to somebody across the world would give me a feeling of making some type of difference in their life even if it's only for a short time.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We need to trust one another more often and not be too stubborn. Sometimes we may need to agree to disagree and not bicker a lot.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He's very sensitive to things I may say to him or when I critique him.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Kenya, because of the natural wildlife. I'm a big cat fanatic and love the characteristics. To see them in the wild would be nice.

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? To have more patience with one another and get through all challenges and obstacles with Leo. Though it will be difficult, the ultimate feeling should be worth it.

Leo[]

Name: Leo Temory
Age: 27
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
Previous Seasons: Season 23
Current occupation: Founder/Owner of New York Deli & The Speakeasy
Describe what you do: I am a restaurateur and in the business of making sure people are never hungry and never thirsty.
Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: By far the biggest mistake I made was during the leg in Japan while I was constructing the robot. We had just gone from being last in the previous leg to first in Japan. I finished the robot before the other three teams but when I was putting the arms in the torso, I accidentally turned them around and by the time I figured out what I had done wrong, the other three teams had finished and we were eliminated.
Most memorable moment from your first Race: The most memorable part of season 23 was definitely the leg in Indonesia while I was constructing the angklung with all the students. For a brief moment, it put the race on pause for me and it felt like I was back in school. I wasn't in a hurry to complete the road block, I just wanted to enjoy the moment and entertain all the students. With all the good energy we received from the students, we ending up finishing the roadblock first and coming in first place! I'm actually starting an angklung store here in Los Angeles now, haha!
Favorite place you visited on your first season: My favorite place I visited in my first season was between Lisbon and Abu Dhabi. The history and people in Lisbon were amazing, and I could definitely see myself living there. On the other hand seeing the amazing advances, buildings, and technology in Abu Dhabi was breathtaking. Not only were those places great places to visit, they were also the places we had the most fun in!
Why do you want to run the Race again? I want to run the race again because I have to redeem myself. Jamal and I are so competitive in our day to day lives, it was so hard to go all the way to the end, and to go out the way we did. It's almost like making it to the Superbowl and missing the game winning field goal. We hate losing, and we lost in the most upsetting way. Not to mention it's an experience of a lifetime, and to be given the opportunity to do again is amazing, I cannot wait to interact with all the different cultures, visit more amazing countries, and drop a dash of the "afghanimal" spirit everywhere we go!
How have you changed since the last time you competed? I've been the same ever since I was born, however this time around I am more knowledgeable about how the race is run, how to interact with the different team members and I know how to build a robot.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about traveling, cooking, friends, family, being active, film, sports, fashion, business, and being entrepreneurial and coming up with new and innovative ideas. My brain never seems to stop working.
People would be surprised to learn: People would be surprised to learn how humorous and genuine we are. I love to live life to the fullest and want to show the world and everyone we interact with that, yes, we are running the most competitive race in the world, but at the same time, we're staying true to our roots and not losing focus on what makes us who we are. Expect lots of fun, out of the ordinary, entertaining from the "afghanimals!"
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The biggest challenge Jamal and I will face is communicating with one another. Communication is key to every healthy relationship, whether it be between a husband and wife, coach and player or two cousins racing around the world. We are definitely communicating better every day, but since we are both so aggressive and competitive sometimes we can bump heads, but we get over it really fast.
Pet peeve about your teammate: My biggest pet peeve about my cousin is the fact that sometimes he doesn't listen. We both are hard headed and we both want to do things our own way. But we are a team, and compromises have to be made.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would love to visit Spain! The way of life in Spain is something that I can relate to and I could see myself living there in the near future. The people there are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and I also speak Spanish so that would help!
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to finish the Race. We came so close last time. I hate not finishing something that I start, and to be given another opportunity to run the Race is a blessing. This time I'm going to finish and hopefully at the same time, entertain the entire world!
Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: This time around we will be a little more careful of what we say and who we say it to. We want to make sure everyone gets to know us first before we start racing and becoming super competitive. Plus, we do not want to get u-turned twice again. In the beginning of our last season, we were unfortunately portrayed as being sneaky and manipulative, which wasn't the case. Certain teams didn't understand our humor and how we were running the race.

Jamal[]

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown: Irvine, Calif.
Previous Seasons: Season 23
Current occupation: Owner, Z.I.G (Zadran Investment Group)
Describe what you do: I run my own private investment group, specializing in real estate and the automobile industry. Zadran Investment Group operates an independent dealership to sell cars to the public, buys and flips homes in the Southern California area, and operates as a reality firm to the public. We also manage equity portfolios with trading of stocks, bonds and forex, and options.
Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Showing our competitiveness to other teams, making us the biggest threat of the race.
Most memorable moment from your first Race: The first-hand experience of racing around the world and interacting with different people and their cultures.
Favorite place you visited on your first season: Austria and Portugal are at the top of my list of favorite places because of how beautiful the cities looked as we were racing. They're both so rich in history, and definitely places I would want to visit in the future with my wife.
Why do you want to run the Race again? I feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of. The way we went out the last race was kind of unfair and out of our hands.
How have you changed since the last time you competed? Nothing much has changed! We're still crazy, funny, cool guys who enjoy life!
What are you passionate about? I'm very passionate about winning and trying not to make any mental mistakes. People would be surprised to learn: That I can speak four different languages and used to be a linguist. So picking up new languages in a new country in a very short time shouldn't be too hard!
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The other competitors on the Race. Some are back for the 3rd time and there is no team we will take for granted.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He can be sensitive to criticism and at times can be stubborn.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would like to visit some African nation with all wild animals. To have any challenge where we interact with animals is always fun. Also, I love lions, tigers and bears … Oh My!!

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to be able to say that competing with the best of the best was challenging, but I was able to perform and bring my "A" game! Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: I am going to try not to be such a big target to other teams and take it easy so we aren't shown as threats to the race.

Previous season: The Amazing Race 23 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Leo Temory[]

Age: 31
Hometown: Pasadena, California
Current occupation: Bar Owner
Describe what you do: I own and manage three bars in old town Pasadena.
Three words to describe you: Optimistic, fun, and creative.
Favorite hobbies: Gym, hiking, and music.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Opening my latest business, The Cellar.
What scares you most about traveling? Missing a connecting flight or being delayed while on a flight.
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing new places and interacting with new people.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Afghanistan, because it's my parents' homeland and I've never been there.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to experience and bond with him again like we did as teens because now we live far from another.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers, by far! Because they have experienced the Race before. Nothing prepares you for the Race unless you have run it before.

Jamal Zadran[]

Age: 30
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Twitter and Instagram: @JAMALZADRAN
Current occupation: Customer Financial Services Manager
Describe what you do: I handle the final step of purchasing a vehicle from AutoNation. All the paperwork aspect of the dealership as well as going over the clients' product options. I'm the lead finance manager with over 12 years of automotive experience.
Three words to describe you: Ambitious, confident, and resilient.
Favorite hobbies: Basketball, shooting at the range, and flying drones.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Being one of the top financial service managers for AutoNation. Also being the best father to my baby girl Sophia and raising her with integrity and showing her that she can accomplish anything she wants. I'm also proud of the relationship I have with my beautiful wife Tamana who also happens to be my best friend. Raising our Sophia together has been fun and we cherish every moment, all while being the best role models possible for her.
What scares you most about traveling? Flying on a Boeing 737 Max 8.
What excites you most about traveling? Being able to experience the different cultures and dissecting each language.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Anywhere that has animals. I have always loved animals, especially exotic cats. I always dreamed of being immersed with wild animals and living with them.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Coming back for a third time. I really hope we can be a force to be reckoned with. That will take lots of patience and discipline. I'm also running this race for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Drive Pink Initiative (#DrivePink) from AutoNation.

Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Clearly, the biggest threats will be past Racers. Just simply because of the experience. Having been on the Race before definitely helps you prepare mentally and physically.

The Amazing Race 23[]

Race History[]

Leo & Jamal's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Chile No Detour Jamal 7 of 11 [1]
Leo
2 2 Chile Brining / Mining Leo 2 of 10 [2]
3 3 Chile → Portugal Tiles / Miles Jamal 6 of 9
4 4 Portugal → Norway Hang Your Heads / Hammer of the Cods Jamal 4 of 8
5 5 Norway → Poland Pose / Polka Leo 6 of 8
6 6 Poland → Austria Light Brigade / Masquerade Jamal 3 of 7
7 7 Austria → United Arab Emirates Sort It Out / Sew It Up Leo 1 of 6
8 8 United Arab Emirates Wedding Guests / Beauty Contest Jamal 4 of 6
9 9 United Arab Emirates → Indonesia For the Elephants / For the Birds Leo 1 of 5 [3]
10 10 Indonesia Paint Your Partner / Turn Over a New Leaf Jamal 4 of 4
11 11 Indonesia → Japan Knock It Down / Call It Up Leo 4 of 4
Average 3.73
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
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1:Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
2:Leo & Jamal initially arrived 1st, but were not allowed check in after they failed to pay their taxi driver properly. By the time they paid had paid their taxi and returned to the mat, Chester & Ephraim had already checked in the Pit Stop in 1st place, dropping Leo & Jamal to 2nd.
3:Leo & Jamal departed the Pit Start two minutes after their scheduled departure time because they accidentally overslept.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars[]

Race History[]

Leo & Jamal's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → China No Detour Leo 5 of 11
2 2 China Featherball / China Cup Jamal 7 of 10
3 3 China → Malaysia River Delivery / Run Through the Jungle Jamal 3 of 9
4 4 Malaysia Mix Master / Master Mix Leo 3 of 8
5 5 Malaysia → Sri Lanka Fishing Pole / Spin Control Leo 4 of 8
6 6 Sri Lanka Trunk / Sheets Jamal 1 of 7
7 7 Sri Lanka → Italy Gladiator / Charioteer Jamal 5 of 7
8 8 Italy Donkey Run / Donkey Build Leo 3 of 6
9 9 Italy → Switzerland No Detour Leo 3 of 5
10 10 Switzerland → Spain Spanish Steps / Running with the Ballz Jamal 3 of 5
11 11 Spain → United Kingdom Shoot It / Boot It Jamal 4 of 4
Average 3.73
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
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

The Amazing Race 31[]

Race History[]

Leo & Jamal's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Jamal 1 of 11 [4]
Leo
2 2 Japan → Laos ABC / BBQ Jamal 1 of 10
3 3 Laos → Vietnam Reel It In / Light It Up Leo 8 of 9
4 4 Vietnam Irritation / Irrigation Jamal 6 of 9
5 5 Vietnam → United Arab Emirates Fall / Find Leo 7 of 8
6 6 United Arab Emirates → Uganda Salty Roll / Move the Pole Jamal 6 of 8
7 7 Uganda → Switzerland Water Power / Water Down Leo 4 of 7
8 8 Switzerland Haymaking / Cow Dressing Jamal 6 of 7
9 9 Switzerland → Croatia Poetry in Motion / Washed in from the Ocean Leo 5 of 6
10 10 Croatia → Netherlands High / Dry No Roadblock 3 of 5
11 11 Netherlands → United Kingdom Know / Row Leo 1 of 4
12 United Kingdom → United States No Detour Leo 3 of 3
Average 4.25
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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist
The team that lost the Double Battle

Notes:
4:Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post Race[]

Leo Challenge USA

Leo's promotional photo for The Challenge USA.

  • Leo & Jamal competed on a The Amazing Race primetime special of The Price is Right that aired on May 25, 2016.[4] Leo & Jamal helped their contestant, Samantha win a trip to both Shanghai, China, and Peru in their pricing game, valued at over $20,000. However, the trio was unable to make it to the Showcase.[5]
  • On March 30, 2019, Leo served as a groomsman at the wedding of Dennis & Isabelle.[6]
  • In 2022, Leo competed on the first season of The Challenge: USA against other past contestants from The Amazing Race, Survivor, Big Brother, and Love Island.[7] Leo was eliminated in the eighth episode and finished 7th out of the 14 male competitors.

Trivia[]

Franchise Records[]

  • Leo & Jamal are tied with Lior & Mor and Becca & Floyd for the record of being U-Turned the most by other teams, being U-Turned thrice in their career.
  • Fourth of six teams to finish in the same position twice, 4th place (with Oswald & Danny (4th), Kent & Vyxsin (5th), Margie & Luke (8th), Brendon & Rachel (3rd), and Becca & Floyd (5th)).
  • First team to compete in the penultimate leg thrice.
  • Most legs run by a team, with 34 over their career.

US Records[]

  • First all-male team of cousins.
  • In The Amazing Race 23, they became the first team to be U-Turned twice in a season and not be eliminated either time.
  • First team to race back to back seasons and finish in the same position, 4th.

External links[]

Interviews[]

Season 23[]

  • Adam Poulisse at Pasadena Star-News (09/28/2013): "San Gabriel Valley business owners compete on The Amazing Race"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (12/09/2013): "Elimination Interview: Leo and Jamal"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/10/2013): "The Afghanimals discuss energy, Race ethics and more"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (12/11/2013): "Exclusive: The Amazing Race Cousins' team member Jamal Zadran talks" [Parts 1 and 2]
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (12/11/2013): "Leo and Jamal felt 'left behind' after being eliminated before final three"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (12/12/2013): "Travis and Nicole Were Hypocrites"

Season 24[]

  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (05/12/2014): "It's Déjà Vu in the Worst Way"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (05/12/2014): "Exit Interview with the Fourth Place Team, The Afghanimals - Leo and Jamal"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (05/13/2014): "Elimination Interview: Leo and Jamal"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/13/2014): "The Amazing Race Exclusive: Jamal Zadran talks" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (05/18/2014): "The Afghanimals discuss getting lost, the Accidental Alliance and more"
  • Sheri Block at CTV.ca (05/20/2014): "Leo and Jamal on their déjà vu elimination, U-turning the cowboys and running for mayor?"

Season 31[]

  • Joyce Eng at Gold Derby (06/27/2019): "Leo and Jamal ('Amazing Race' exit interview) on that lock block: 'It definitely wasn't one of our brightest episodes'"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (06/27/2019): "Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran talk 'The Amazing Race': We were extremely prepared and hoping for a huge, final memory task to make up time! (Exclusive)"
  • Mike Bloom at Parade (06/28/2019): "The Amazing Race 31: Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran Fail to Find the Winning Combination "
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (07/02/2019): "Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran talk 'The Amazing Race': We raced to win, not as politicians looking to be popular (Exclusive)"

Post-Race[]

Social Media Profiles[]

References[]

The Amazing Race 23 Teams
 Ally & Ashley
NHL Ice Crew
S23 AllyAshley
 Brandon & Adam
Childhood Friends
S23 BrandonAdam
 Chester & Ephraim
Former NFL Teammates
S23 ChesterEphraim
 Hoskote & Naina
Father/Daughter
S23 HoskoteNaina
 Jason & Amy
Dating
S23 JasonAmy
 Leo & Jamal
Cousins
S23 LeoJamal
 Nicky & Kim
Baseball Wives
S23 NickyKim
 Nicole & Travis
Married ER Doctors
S23 NicoleTravis
 Rowan & Shane
Theater Performers
S23 RowanShane
 Tim & Danny
Best Friends
S23 TimDanny
S23 TimMarie
The Amazing Race: All-Stars (2014) Teams
 Brendon & Rachel
Newlyweds
S24 BrendonRachel
 Caroline & Jennifer
Country Singers
S24 CarolineJennifer
 Dave & Connor
Father/Son
S24 DaveConnor
 Flight Time & Big Easy
Harlem Globetrotters
S24 FlightTimeBigEasy
S24 JessicaJohn
 Jet & Cord
Cowboys
S24 JetCord
 Joey & Meghan
YouTube Hosts
S24 JoeyMeghan
 Leo & Jamal
Cousins
S24 LeoJamal
 Margie & Luke
Mother/Son
S24 MargieLuke
 Mark & Mallory
Team Kentucky
S24 MarkMallory
The Amazing Race 31 Teams
 Art & JJ
Best Friends
S31 ArtJJ
 Becca & Floyd
Friends
S31 BeccaFloyd
 Chris & Bret
Friends
S31 ChrisBret
 Colin & Christie
Life Partners
S31 ColinChristie
S31 CorinneEliza
 Leo & Jamal
Cousins
S31 LeoJamal
S31 NicoleVictor
S31 RachelElissa
S31 RupertLaura
 Tyler & Korey
Best Friends
S31 TylerKorey
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