In The Amazing Race 14, Mel's age and physical limitations tended to hinder the team's speed, which was further compounded by a groin injury that Mel suffered on the first leg. Nevertheless, their ability to keep calm in the face of dire situations allowed them to keep up with the pack, even once winning a leg. In the seventh leg, however, they made the decision to deviate from the pack while searching for their first clue in Thailand, causing them to fall behind and eventually finishing last, eliminating them in 6th place.
In Unfinished Business, despite Mel's age becoming an even bigger hindrance early on, they were able to keep up with their competitors, at times even racing near the front of the pack. In the third leg, however, their connecting flight to Japan was delayed, placing them in a race to avoid last with four other teams. They then both developed hypothermia while performing the Detour, and were sent directly to the Pit Stop to be eliminated in 10th place.
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Mel White (68); Mike White (38)
Mike and Mel had a pretty typical family life until Mike was 11 years old, which is when Mel told the family that he was gay. Mel and Mike's mother remained married until Mike and his sister, Erinn, went to college. Mel is now married to his life partner of 27 years, Gary Nixon.
Mike works as a writer, director and actor in Los Angeles. His writing credits include the feature films "Nacho Libre" and "School of Rock," in which he also starred opposite Jack Black and Sarah Silverman, as well as the television series "Pasadena." Mike and Mel are eager to spend some quality time racing around the globe. Mike describes himself as entertaining, thoughtful and "ridiculously pale." These two might not be the most physical team on the Race, but they'll surely compensate with their wit and communication skills.
Mel, a gay-rights activist, has worked as a writer, professor, filmmaker and a pastor and is eager to have a once in a lifetime experience with his youngest child. He's confident that his people skills will give him an advantage over some of the other Racers. He describes himself as energetic, caring and passionate and enjoys scuba diving and racquetball. When asked who he would model his style of game play after, he pointed to Season 7 winners Uchenna and Joyce, while Mike will model his game play after the "never say die" attitude of Charla and Mirna.Mike and Mel are well-traveled, opinionated and huge fans of the Race.
The Amazing Race 14
|Mel & Mike's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Switzerland||No Detour||Mike||4 of 11|
|2||2||Switzerland → Germany → Austria||Balancing Dolly / Austrian Folly||Mel||2 of 10|
|3||3||Austria → Romania||Gypsy Moves / Vampire Remains||Mike||1 of 9|
|4||4||Romania → Russia||Stack / Construct||Mel||6 of 8|
|5||5||Russia||Russian Bride / Russian Snowplow||Mike||4 of 7|
|6||6||Russia → India||Movers / Shakers||Mel||2 of 7|
|7||7||India → Thailand||100 Barrels / 2 Miles||No Roadblock||6 of 6|
The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
|Mel & Mike's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Australia||No Detour||Mel||9 of 11|
|2||2||Australia||Spirit World / Natural World||No Roadblock||6 of 11|
|3||3||Australia → Japan||Prayer of Purity / Frog of Luck||Mike||10 of 10|||
- In 2018, Mike competed on the thirty-seventh season of Survivor, David vs. Goliath. He made it to Day 39, but lost the title of Sole Survivor to Nick Wilson in a 7-3-0 jury vote, finishing as the runner-up.
- Mike is the first bisexual contestant to compete on The Amazing Race.
- Mike is the oldest child in a parent/child team, being 40 during The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.
- Oldest all-male team ever, with an average age of 55 during Unfinished Business.
- Oldest family team, with an average age of 55 during Unfinished Business.
- Oldest parent/child team in the history of the race, with an average age of 55 during Unfinished Business.
- Mel is the the oldest man to compete on The Amazing Race, competing at the age of 70 during Unfinished Business.
- Mel & Mike are the first team to be eliminated in Japan.
- Mel's Wikipedia page: Mel White
- Mike's Wikipedia page: Mike White (filmmaker)
- Joyce Eng at TVGuide (03/30/2009): "Amazing Race's Mel and Mike: Led Astray by Cabbie, Locals and Sinister Deaf Kid"
- John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (03/30/2009): "Mel and Mike White talk about 'The Amazing Race'"
- Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (03/30/2009): "Exclusive Interview: Mel and Mike, from 'The Amazing Race 14'"
- Joyce Eng at TVGuide (03/07/2011): "Amazing Race's Mel: I Wouldn't Have Quit Had Mike Not Been There"
- Staff at Reality TV World (03/07/2011): "Exclusive: Mel White talks 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'"
- Carrie Bell at People (03/08/2011): "Mel White Says The Amazing Race Is Harder the Second Time"
- Carla Patton at BuddyTV (03/08/2011): "Mel from 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' on Staying Active and Racing Again at 70"
- Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth (March 7, 2011). Exclusive: Mel White talks 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'. Reality TV World. Retrieved on February 26, 2021.
- Wigler, Josh (May 25, 2018). 'Survivor': Filmmaker Mike White, Wrestler John Hennigan to Compete on Season 37. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on June 26, 2018.
|The Amazing Race 14 Teams|
|The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business Teams|