Nicole Ann Franzel and Victor Arroyo III are an Engaged team on The Amazing Race 31.
They saw success in the first half of the race, finishing in second place in three legs in a row and third place once. Leg 7, however, proved to be a struggle as they made enemies with Rachel & Elissa when the latter's attempt to warn them about being U-Turned caused Nicole and Victor to distrust them, with them later finishing last after getting lost on the way to the Pit Stop, only to be spared since it was a Non-Elimination Leg. In the next leg, they voted to U-Turn Leo & Jamal, though their attempt failed and angered the latter, who got back at them by U-Turning them in Netherlands, though Nicole & Victor were able to use the second U-Turn on Becca & Floyd, escape elimination and reach the final four. However, they struggled with the Detour in the penultimate leg, causing them waste time by switching tasks and putting them in last place, from which they were never able to catch up, resulting in their elimination in 4th place.
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Hometown: Ubly, Michigan
Current occupation: Registered Nurse, content creator, podcast co-host
Describe what you do: Currently working as a school nurse, occasionally. Previously worked in the ER, ICU & Rehabilitation Units. I also create content for companies and products to share on social media platforms and get to travel with my BFF, Victor, for our podcast!
Three words to describe you: Cuddly, quirky, and competitive.
Favorite hobbies: Cooking, crafting, and drinking coffee.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Becoming a nurse, winning BB18 and starting the Coco Caliente podcast.
What scares you most about traveling? Being stranded alone or getting really sick!
What excites you most about traveling? Being immersed in different cultures and learning about them. Also, as cliche as it sounds, getting to see the world; it’s not easy to get this experience and I’m not going to take it for granted.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Anywhere with elephants! I LOVE ANIMALS.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Learn how to handle stressful situations together, experience the world with someone I love, create once-in-a-lifetime memories, and kick some butt.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Former Race teams, for sure! They know how to work together as a team, what their prior strengths and weaknesses are and know what to pack, which we are very uncertain about!
Do you think Survivor prepared you for The Amazing Race? Do you think you learned anything on Big Brother that will help you on the Race? Yes, but probably not enough. Socially, I can usually survive, but I haven’t done much exercise in quite some time and I think it’s much more physical than Big Brother. I also don’t do well under pressure. The irony is I’m assuming it feels like you're "on the block" every single day in this Race. We will give it our best shot though and Vic is the best teammate I could ever ask for! Excited to have a permanent alliance member, it only takes one!
Hometown: Ubly, Michigan
Current occupation: Freight broker
Describe what you do: Provide transportation and logistical services.
Three words to describe you: Outgoing, silly, and competitive.
Favorite hobbies: Exercise, date nights, and podcasting.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Graduating college and getting engaged to the love of my life.
What scares you most about traveling? Getting injured or falling ill in a foreign country.
What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing different cultures, foods, meeting new people and trying new activities. Also seeing the other beautiful landscapes of the world.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Maldives: amazingly beautiful and slowly disappearing into the ocean. Might not be here in the future.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Bring us closer and share an amazing experience. We will really learn a lot about each other and share something that we will have to look back on forever.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers, because they have done this before which makes them more prepared for this type of competition.
Do you think Survivor prepared you for The Amazing Race? Do you think you learned anything on Big Brother that will help you on the Race? I believe BB is more of a social game and less of a physical competition like Race. Although The Amazing Race has some mental challenges, the social aspect of the game itself is minimal. I do hope winning BB competitions gives me the confidence to do well on The Amazing Race’s challenges.
The Amazing Race 31
|Nicole & Victor's Race History|
|1||1||United States → Japan||No Detour||Victor||6 of 11|||
|2||2||Japan → Laos||ABC / BBQ||Nicole||2 of 10|
|3||3||Laos → Vietnam||Reel It In / Light It Up||Victor||2 of 9|
|4||4||Vietnam||Irritation / Irrigation||Victor||2 of 9|
|5||5||Vietnam → United Arab Emirates||Fall / Find||Nicole||5 of 8|
|6||6||United Arab Emirates → Uganda||Salty Roll / Move the Pole||Victor||3 of 8|
|7||7||Uganda → Switzerland||Water Power / Water Down||Nicole||7 of 7|
|8||8||Switzerland||Make Hay / Cow Festival||Victor||5 of 7|
|9||9||Switzerland → Croatia||Poetry in Motion / Washed in from the Ocean||Nicole||2 of 6|
|10||10||Croatia → Netherlands||High / Dry||No Roadblock||4 of 5⊃⋐|
|11||11||Netherlands → United Kingdom||Know / Row||Victor||4 of 4|||
- In 2020, Nicole competed on the twenty-second season of Big Brother. Nicole was evicted on Day 85 during the live finale and finished in third place.
- Although Nicole & Victor were marketed as an engaged couple on the show, they were only dating when The Amazing Race 31 filmed. The change was due to season 31 airing after their engagement on Big Brother 20.
- Nicole & Victor are the highest placing team of first-time racers on The Amazing Race 31.
- Nicole's Wikipedia page: Nicole Franzel
- Joyce Eng at Gold Derby (06/28/2019): "Nicole and Victor ('Amazing Race' exit interview) on getting sunk by a boat: 'We had our blinders on'"
- Mike Bloom at Parade (06/28/2019): "The Amazing Race 31: Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo Reach Their Tipping Point in London"
Social Media Profiles
- Nicole's Twitter: @nicole_franzel
- Nicole's Instagram: /coconuts_
- Victor's Twitter: @cococalientepod
- Victor's Instagram: /elfitvic
|The Amazing Race 31 Teams|