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Mark Munoz and Michael Munoz are a team of Brothers/Stuntmen on The Amazing Race 14.

The brothers were physically fit, though prone to making mistakes, which often led to them being on the back foot compared to their competitors. They also had a tendency for unknowingly violating race rules, which caused their race to unravel. Though their rule-breaking only cost them a first place finish in the first leg in Thailand, their next set of violations earned them two four-hour penalties in the next leg in Thailand, only being spared by a Non-Elimination Leg. However, their cumulative penalties rendered them too far behind to catch up to the other teams in the following leg, and they were eliminated in 5th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Mark Munoz (48); Michael Munoz (51)
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif./Maui, Hawaii
Occupation: Mark (Stuntman/Jockey); Michael (Stuntman/Actor)
Relationship: Brothers/Stuntmen

This Team of brothers has been competing – against everyone else and each other – their entire life. Standing at 4' 9" these married fathers are ready to prove they have what it takes to win one-million dollars.

Mark makes his living as a stuntman and occasionally works as a jockey. This father of two is looking forward to running the Race with his brother in order to continue building on their relationship. Mark believes that the biggest advantage he and his teammate have over their competition is their fitness level and ability to make split second decisions, a skill they have mastered after years of working in physically and mentally demanding fields. Mark enjoys skiing, biking and golfing and describes himself as short, athletic and creative.

Michael is looking forward to working on communication issues he and his brother have had with each other in the past. Michael, also a father of two, splits his time between Maui and Los Angeles. His favorite hobbies include playing music and surfing. He claims that the biggest difference between the two is that he is the surfer and Mark is the skier. Both have worked extensively in films and television including the feature films Van Helsing, Spider-Man, and Seabiscuit.

They chose similar paths in their lives and, after years of surfing big waves and racing horses around a track, they're eager to run the Race of a lifetime with one another for a shot at a million dollars.[1]

The Amazing Race 14

Race History

Mark & Michael's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Switzerland No Detour Michael 3 of 11
2 2 Switzerland → Germany → Austria Balancing Dolly / Austrian Folly Mark 8 of 10
3 3 Austria → Romania Gypsy Moves / Vampire Remains Mark 5 of 9
4 4 Romania → Russia Stack / Construct Michael 7 of 8
5 5 Russia Russian Bride / Russian Snowplow Mark 5 of 7
6 6 Russia → India Movers / Shakers Mark 6 of 7
7 7 India → Thailand 100 Barrels / 2 Miles No Roadblock 3 of 6 [1]
8 8 Thailand Broken Teeth / Broken Record Mark 5 of 5 [2]
9 9 Thailand → China Choreography / Calligraphy Michael 5 of 5
Average 5.22
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
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn

Notes:
1: Mark & Michael initially arrived 1st, but were issued two 30-minute penalties: one for intentionally tampering with the bike pumps and putting them away at the 2 Miles Detour, and another for hiring a taxi to guide them through the Detour, which was explicitly prohibited in the clue. Two teams checked in during their penalty time, dropping Mark & Michael to 3rd.
2: Mark & Michael initially arrived 4th, but were issued two 2-hour penalties, both for "using personal belongings to settle a bill" (they had bartered personal items to pay two taxi fares). With just over 3 hours of the penalty time remaining, Kisha & Jen returned to check in 4th. Mark & Michael, in last place at that point, were allowed to check in immediately after Kisha & Jen; however, they were notified the leg was a Non-Elimination Leg, and that the remaining penalty time would be assessed at the start of the next leg.

Post-Race

Trivia

  • Mark & Michael are the first team of dwarfs to compete on The Amazing Race and the second and third dwarfs, following Charla Baklayan Faddoul.
    • They are the first male dwarfs.
  • Mark & Michael are the oldest sibling team, having an age average of 49.5 while racing.
  • Michael is the first contestant to reside in Hawaii.
  • Mark & Michael are the first team to get an elimination montage on the American version.

External links

Interviews

  • John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (04/20/2009): "Exclusive: Mark and Michael Munoz talk about 'The Amazing Race'"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (04/20/2009): "Exclusive Interview: Mark and Michael, from 'The Amazing Race 14'"
  • People (04/21/2009): "Amazing Race's Stuntmen Settle the Thai Tranny Debate"

Social Media

References

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