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Natalie "Nat" Strand and Katherine "Kat" Chang are a team of Doctors and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 17.

Nat & Kat immediately emerged as one of the strongest teams in the race with their intelligence, athleticism, and ability to forge strong bonds with their competitors, particularly Brook & Claire, contributing to their successes. The doctors also faced several of their fears, such as Nat's fear of heights and Kat having to eat meat after having been a vegetarian for years, on their way to the final three. In the final leg, they established an early lead and never looked back, becoming the first all-female team to win the American version of the Race.

Profile[]

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Nat[]

Age: 31
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Connection to your Teammate: Friend
Current occupation: Doctor
Favorite hobbies: Scuba diving, skiing and traveling
Achievements: Becoming a doctor
Lifelong to do list: Cage dive with great white sharks, take pilot lessons, finish a triathlon, establish a comprehensive pain rehabilitation center, write a book and learn how to speak Spanish.
What scares you most about traveling? Not having access to medical care
What excites you most about traveling? Traveling will give me the opportunity to see new places, learn about different cultures and grow as a person
If I could switch places with someone: The Dalai Lama or Heidi Klum
Role model/hero: My Dad. He is the kindest person I know.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate about helping people live the best possible life.
What would you do if you won the million dollars? If we were to win the million dollars, I would donate money to support challenged athletes and to support the search for a cure for Diabetes. I would pay off my debts from medical school and I would buy a baby blue vintage Bronco with the top chopped off.
People would be surprised to learn: I am absolutely terrified of heights.
Favorite place you have ever visited: Belize
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: We went to get our backpack for the Race and we could not find Kat's car in the parking garage afterwards. We were in the completely wrong parking structure. Navigation might be our biggest challenge.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to gain personal satisfaction from traveling, meet new people and represent strong, career oriented females.
Pet peeve about your teammate: Kat is so perfect! I don't have a pet peeve.

Kat[]

Age: 35
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Connection to your Teammate: Friend
Current occupation: Doctor
Favorite hobbies: Cycling, traveling and eating
Achievements: The biggest achievement for me was completing medical school and residency - both of which did not come easy for me.
Lifelong to do list: Learn to scuba dive, surf and cook; have a rewarding career where I am proud of my work; live a healthy and balanced life; have a loving family; run the New York City marathon; remember to live in the present
What scares you most about traveling? Getting sick
What excites you most about traveling? Meeting new people and seeing/experiencing new things - that makes me reflect and learn something new about myself.
If I could switch places with someone: Maybe only for one day, I would switch with a comedian like Chelsea Handler. She's hysterical and what a great skill to be able to make an entire room erupt in laughter.
Role model/hero: I'm inspired by a lot of people—especially strong, successful women. Thanks to all the female physicians before who paved the way for my generation of doctors.
What are you passionate about? Travel, love and good food
What would you do if you won the million dollars? Donate to charity, pay off part of my medical school loans and bring some loved ones on a sweet vacation
People would be surprised to learn: I'm very sensitive and emotional.
Favorite place you have ever visited: Bali
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on the Race together: Having to adjust to not being in control of our daily schedules
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race (other then winning one million bucks)? I hope to have a fun adventure. One million dollars would also help make a huge dent in my enormous student loans.
Pet peeve about your teammate: She tends to show up late for things (fashionably of course).

The Amazing Race 17[]

Race History[]

Nat & Kat's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → United Kingdom No Detour Nat 2 of 11
2 2 United Kingdom → Ghana Tune In / Check Out Kat 7 of 10
3 3 Ghana Bicycle Parts / Language Arts Nat 8 of 9
4 4 Ghana → Sweden Sleds / Beds Kat 1 of 9
5 5 Sweden → Norway Used Fast Forward 1 of 8
6 6 Norway → Russia Classical Music / Classic Cinema Nat 4 of 7
7 7 Russia Circus Band / Circus Clown Kat 1 of 7
8 8 Russia → Oman Water Table / Wedding Table Kat 5 of 6
9 9 Oman → Bangladesh Balanced Meal / Balanced Bricks Nat 3 of 5
10 10 Bangladesh → Hong Kong Ding Ding / Sampan Nat 1 of 4
11 11 Hong Kong → South Korea Full Throttle / Full Bottle Kat 3 of 4
12 12 South Korea → United States No Detour Nat 1 of 3
Average 3.09
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

Post Race[]

  • Nat & Kat competed on The Price is Right for a The Amazing Race special that aired on May 25, 2016.[2] Nat was shown to be visibly pregnant at the time of filming. Nat & Kat helped their contestant, Kimberly, win a camera, a trip to Hawaii, and a BMW in their pricing game. However, the trio failed to make it to the Showcase.[3]

Trivia[]

Franchise Records[]

  • Nat & Kat are the first team of Medical Doctors. This would be followed by Idries & Jamil, Nicole & Travis, Misti & Jim, and Amber & Vinny.
  • Nat & Kat are the first team to use the second half of the Double U-Turn.
  • Nat is the first diabetic contestant to win the race.
  • Oldest average-aged team to win five legs in a career, 33 at the time of racing.
  • Oldest average-aged all-female team to win the race, 33 at the time of racing.
  • First all-female team to win five legs in a single season.
  • First winning team to use both the Fast Forward and the U-Turn.

US Records[]

  • First all-female team to win the race
  • Only all-female team to win a leg before the winning the race.
  • Most legs won by an all-female team in a single race, 5 legs.

External links[]

Interviews[]

Post-Race[]

  • AP at Xfinity.com (12/12/2010): "Nat and Kat Make History, Win CBS' Amazing Race"
  • Maria Elena Fernandez at Los Angeles Times (12/13/2010): "Nat and Kat's secrets to winning The Amazing Race"
  • Darren Franich at EW (12/13/2010): "Amazing Race winners talk sheep heads, diabetes, and never getting angry at each other, EVER"
  • Harry Smith on Early Show (12/13/2010): "Winners Make Amazing Race History"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide (12/13/2010): "Winning Feels Pretty Surreal"
  • TV Guide Magainze (12/13/2010): "The Amazing Race 17 Winners! Nat & Kat Interview!"
  • Carrie Bell at People.com (12/14/2010): "Amazing Race Winners Discuss Making History"
  • Reality TV World (12/14/2010): "Nat Strand and Kat Chang discuss The Amazing Race win"
  • Digital Spy (12/14/2010): "Nat & Kat: We chat to doctors Nabout making history on The Amazing Race!"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (12/14/2010): "The Amazing Race 17: Exclusive Interview with Winner Kat Strand and Nat Chang"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at Reality News Online (12/15/2010): "We're Really Happy That We Have the Honor to Be the First Female-Female Team to Win!"

Post-Show[]

  • Amy Tenderick at Healthline.com (01/13/2011): "Amazing Race Winner Nat Strand: Breaking Boundaries with Type 1 Diabetes"
  • Samantha Shelton at Fitness Magazine (Feb. 2011): "Amazing Race Season 17 Winner Nat Strand Talks Diabetes Control & What It Takes To Win"
  • Allyson Wells at Reality TV Magazine (04/30/2011): "The Amazing Race Winner Nat Strand Talks About Diabetes"
  • Rachel Ray Show (07/03/2011): "Travel Tips from The Amazing Race's Nat & Kat"
  • Christine Copelan at Parade.com (11/06/2017): "Diabetes Travel Tips with Dr. Nat Strand"

Social Media Profiles[]


References[]

The Amazing Race 17 Teams
 Andie & Jenna
Birth Mom/Daughter
S17 AndieJenna
 Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
S17 BrookClaire
 Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
S17 ChadStephanie
 Connor & Jonathan
Ivy League A Capella Singers
S17 ConnorJonathan
 Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
S17 GaryMallory
S17 JillThomas
 Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners
S17 KatieRachel
 Michael & Kevin
Father/Son
S17 MichaelKevin
 Nat & Kat
Doctors
S17 NatKat
 Nick & Vicki
Dating
S17 NickVicki
 Ron & Tony
Best Friends
S17 RonTony
The Amazing Race Winners
United States
(flagship)
 Rob & Brennan
Best Friends/Lawyers
S1 RobBrennan
 Chris & Alex
Lifelong Friends
S2 ChrisAlex
 Flo & Zach
Friends
S3 FloZach
S4 ReichenChip
 Chip & Kim
Married Parents
S5 ChipKim
 Freddy & Kendra
Engaged Models
S6 FreddyKendra
S7 UchennaJoyce
 Linz Family
Siblings
S8 LinzFamily
 BJ & Tyler
Best Friends
S9 BJTyler
S10 TylerJames
S11 EricDanielle
 TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
S12 TKRachel
 Nick & Starr
Brother/Sister
S13 NickStarr
 Tammy & Victor
Siblings/Lawyers
S14 TammyVictor
S15 MeghanCheyne
 Dan & Jordan
Brothers
S16 DanJordan
 Nat & Kat
Doctors
S17 NatKat
 Kisha & Jen
Sisters
S18 KishaJen
 Ernie & Cindy
Engaged
S19 ErnieCindy
 Rachel & Dave
Army Wife & Combat Pilot
S20 RachelDave
 Josh & Brent
Goat Farmers
S21 JoshBrent
 Bates & Anthony
Hockey Brothers
S22 BatesAnthony
 Jason & Amy
Dating
S23 JasonAmy
 Dave & Connor
Father/Son
S24 DaveConnor
 Amy & Maya
Food Scientists
S25 AmyMaya
 Laura & Tyler
Blind Dating
S26 LauraTyler
 Kelsey & Joey
Dating News Anchors
S27 KelseyJoey
 Dana & Matt
Engaged
S28 DanaMatt
 Brooke & Scott
#TeamBrooke andScott
S29 BrookeScott
S30 CodyJessica
 Colin & Christie
Life Partners
S31 ColinChristie
 Will & James
Dating
S32 WillJames
 Kim & Penn
Internet Personalities
S33 KimPenn
 Derek & Claire
Reality Romance
S34 DerekClaire
 Greg & John
Brothers/Computer Scientists
S35 GregJohn
 Ricky & Cesar
Boyfriends
S36 RickyCesar
Asia
 Joe Jer & Zabrina
Co-Workers
ASS1 JoeJerZabrina
 Adrian & Collin
Gym Buddies
ASS2 AdrianCollin
 Vince & Sam
Best Buddies
ASS3 VinceSam
 Parul & Maggie
Beauty Queens
ASS5 ParulMaggie
Australia
AUS1 TylerNathan
 Daniel & Ryan
Intensive Care Nurses
AUS3 DanielRyan
 Tim & Rod
Newlyweds
AUS4 TimRod
 Heath & Toni
Memory Makers
AUS6 HeathToni
 Alli & Angie
Mother/Daughter
AUS7 AlliAngie
 Darren & Tristan
Uncle/Nephew
AUS7 DarrenTristan
 Emma & Hayley
Sisters
AUS7 EmmaHayley
Brazil
BRS1 PatríciaSane
Canada
 Tim & Tim
Father & Son
CAS1 TimTim
 Mickey & Pete
Best Friends
CAS2 MickeyPete
 Gino & Jesse
Brothers
CAS3 GinoJesse
CAS4 StephKristen
 Sam & Paul
Dating Couple
CAS5 SamPaul
 Courtney & Adam
Engaged First Responders
CAS6 CourtneyAdam
CAS7 AnthonyJames
 Catherine & Craig
Best Friends
CAS8 CatherineCraig
 Ty & Kat
Dating
CAS9 TyKat
China
CNS1 ZhongHanliangJackie
 Geng & Xin
Friends
CNS2 HanGengWuXin
CNS4 JiaJingwenXiuJiekai
China Rush
 Charlie & Rachel
Flirtatious Friends
CRS1 CharlieRachel
 Lily & Jan
Dating Couple
CRS2 LilyJan
Finland
 Kaisa & Mari
Friends
FNS1 KaisaMari
France
 Anthony & Sonja
Cyber Friends
FRS1 AnthonySonja
Israel
 Shay & Guy
Business Partners
ILS1 ShayGuy
 Bar & Inna
Painter & Saleswoman
ILS2 BarInna
 Talia & Koby
Newlyweds
ILS3 TaliaKoby
 Shay & Shani
Friends
ILS4 ShayShani
 Amit & Raz
Father/Son
ILS5 AmitRaz
ILS6 EvelinTohar
 Tia & Fay
Models
ILS7 TiaFay
 Yael & Yosiel
Cousins
ILS8 YaelYosiel
Latin America
LAS1 TamaraMatías
LAS2 CarlosMauricio
LAS4 DanielCésar
 Giovanni & Juan Carlos
Brothers-in-Law
LAS6 GiovanniJuanCarlos
Norway
 Morten & Truls
Brothers
NOS1 MortenTruls
 Omar & Bilal
Brothers
NOS2 OmarBilal
The Philippines
 LJ & CJ
Celebrity Best Friends
PHS1 LJCJ
 Matt & Phoebe
Dating Couple
PHS2 MattPhoebe
Ukraine
 Valeria & Bohdana
Beauty Queens
UAS1 ValeriaBohdana
Vietnam
 Hương Giang & Criss
Singer/Athlete
VNS3 HươngGiangCriss
 Ngọc Anh & Nhật Anh
Diving Coaches
VNS4 NgọcAnhNhậtAnh
 Lincoln & Tiến Đạt
Hotel Manager/Rapper
VNS5 LincolnTiếnĐạt
LeHangHHenNie
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