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Nicholas "Nick" Spangler and Emily "Starr" Spangler are a Brother/Sister team and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race 13.

Relatively young and lacking in travel experience, Nick & Starr immediately aligned with Ken & Tina in the first leg, with the two teams agreeing to share information and work together, while also working with Toni & Dallas, particularly after Starr and Dallas began flirting with each other. However, they also made several enemies early on in the race, most notably Kelly & Christy, who accused Starr of pushing Christy's sports bra off a ledge, igniting a rivalry between the two teams. Despite several teams seeing them as being sneaky and conniving due to Nick's willingness to openly use other teams for information without giving anything in return, as well as their competitive natures, their physical dominance and efficiency in performing tasks allowed them to win a six legs along their way to the final three. In the final leg, they traded the lead with former allies Ken & Tina on several occasions before finally managing to build a gap that allowed them to cross the Finish Line first and win the race.


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This brother/sister team will stop at nothing to win the Race. Both are extremely driven and competitive, especially with one another. They admit to being over-zealous when a prize is involved – even if it's only bragging rights. They're excited to use this to their advantage on the Race. 

Nick and Starr could practically be twins, and consider each other best friends, even though they rarely see each other due to distance. They hope to strengthen their relationship on this adventure, but do worry that since they haven't spent much time together in several years that they could get on one another's nerves. After all, in high-school they were bitter enemies. 

Nick claims that the biggest difference between them is that Starr can be a bit reckless – she leaps into a situation without thinking about the repercussions - while Nick thinks everything through before acting. Starr claims that she is simply more spontaneous and figures everything will work out in the end. 

Nick and Starr have both accomplished their life-long dreams. Nick performs on the New York stage in an Off-Broadway musical called The Fantasticks, while Starr was a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys for the past three seasons. 

They're anxious to bring a new approach to the game and are motivated to strengthen their relationship. They believe that their charisma, wit and relentless spirit will make for a dangerous combination.[1]

The Amazing Race 13

Race History

Nick & Starr's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Hard Way Up / Soft Way Down No Roadblock 1 of 11
2 2 Brazil Beach It / Docket Nick 6 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Bolivia Musical March / Bumpy Ride Nick 6 of 9
4 4 Bolivia → New Zealand Matter of Time / Matter of Skill Starr 5 of 8 [1]
5 5 New Zealand → Cambodia Village Life / Village Work Nick 1 of 7
6 6 Cambodia → India Launder Money / Launder Clothes Starr 1 of 6
7 7 India Bleary Eyed / Teary Eyed Starr 1 of 6
8 8 India → Kazakhstan Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
9 9 Kazakhstan → Russia Boots / Borscht Nick 3 of 4
10 10 Russia Ride the Rails / Ride the Lines Nick 1 of 4
11 11 Russia → United States High and Dry / Low and Wet No Roadblock 1 of 3
Average 2.46
     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

1: Nick & Starr initially arrived 5th at the Pit Stop, but were issued a 30-minute penalty for speeding. This did not affect their placement.


  • Nick got married in 2013 and has a son named Nathan who was born in 2015.[2]
  • Nick is a singer and a Broadway performer and actor.[3]
    • He has had roles in a few short films, the most recent being in 2014.
    • Nick has stated in interviews that he was assumed to be gay by several people throughout his life, due to the stereotypes of participating in acting and for being a Broadway performer. He also said that he is straight.
  • Starr dated fellow The Amazing Race 13 contestant Dallas Imbimbo after the show ended. However, they eventually broke up due to the long distance.
  • Starr has since gotten married to Tyler Rey in October 2013.[4]


Franchise Records

  • Nick & Starr are the first team to win seven legs in a season and also win the race.
  • Tied with the Linz Family and Matt & Phoebe for youngest team to win the Race at an age average of 21.5 years.
  • First family team and team of siblings to win the race in the standard format.
    • First non-romantic team of co-ed racers to win the race.

US Records

  • First team to win 4 consecutive legs.
  • Tied with the Linz Family for the youngest team to reach the final leg.

External links


  • Harry Smith on Early Show (12/08/2008): "Nick, Starr Spangler Win Amazing Race"
  • John Bracchitta at Reality TV World (12/08/2008): "Exclusive: Nick and Starr Spangler dish talk about The Amazing Race win"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (12/08/2008): "Exclusive Interview - Nick and Starr, Winners of The Amazing Race 13"
  • Kenneth Jones at Playbill Club (12/08/2008): "Fantasticks Actor Is Amazing Race Winner"
  • Live with Regis & Kelly (12/08/2008): "The Amazing Race 13 Winners"
  • Brian Gianelli at (12/09/2008): "The Amazing Race's Nick and Starr Make Winning A Million Dollars Look Easy"
  • Mark at Reality Wanted (12/10/2008): "Interview with Nick and Starr Winners of The Amazing Race 13"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff at RealityNewsOnline (12/10/2008): "It Is So Much Harder Than It Looks"
  • The Bonnie Hunt Show (12/10/2008): "The Amazing Race 13 Winners Talk"

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