Oswald Mendez and Danny Jimenez are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 2 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

In The Amazing Race 2, their amicable interactions with local cultures and their campy nature stood in stark contrast to the more competitive natures of the other teams. Their tendency to calmly and patiently deal with all obstacles often got them an advantage over their competitors, though their lack of a sense of urgency would ultimately cost them at the final four, as they fell behind the other teams and finished in 4th place.

They later returned in All-Stars, where their trademark amicable and campy natures, along with a partnership with Charla & Mirna, propelled them to the front of the pack for most of the race. However, they began to fall apart in the last third of the race when Danny spent most of their money at the Roadblock in Malaysia, forcing them to beg in the coming legs. This, along with the stresses of the race finally resulted in them bickering, resulted in them being Marked for Elimination at the final four. They then got lost in Guam in the following leg, leading to yet another 4th place finish.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

If we could describe our relationship in one phrase, it would be 'Absolutely Fabulous'.

Bio

Oswald and Danny met in 1994 and gradually became friends. When Danny's life partner died, Oswald was there to help, and in Danny's words, the two "became partners in crime." Oswald and Danny have traveled extensively together, mostly to Los Angeles and New York, but also to Paris, Milan, and Berlin. On their travels, they "had amazing new experiences and most of all, lots of fun."

The pair decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE because they expect the experience to bring them closer together. "Only someone like Oswald could be strong enough to endure the kind of life-changing experiences that a project like this may bring," said Danny. Oswald added, "We balance each other perfectly."

Q & A

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Oswald: I'm an experienced traveler. I'm resourceful and find it easy to adapt to new languages and cultures. I don't do as well at anything physical, I'm afraid of heights and have only had my driver's license for a month.
  • Danny: My strengths consist of being somewhat street smart and having a pretty strong athletic background. My weaknesses are my language skills; I only speak Spanish and English.

What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?

  • Oswald: Danny is street-savvy and more adventurous when it comes to sports. Also, he can drive. He's not as experienced as I am at traveling, languages, or other cultures.
  • Danny: Oswald has great language skills, speaking and understanding about five different languages. His only weakness is fear of heights.

What is your favorite film?

  • Oswald: Cinema Paradisio, Auntie Mame, Clueless, Legally Blonde
  • Danny: The Women and Steel Magnolias

What is your favorite TV show?

  • Oswald: Don't watch shows; channels: MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central
  • Danny: Total Request Live

Who is your favorite actor?

  • Oswald: None
  • Danny: Jack Nicholson, Jeff Stryker

Who is your favorite actress

  • Oswald: None
  • Danny: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis

What is your favorite band?

  • Oswald: Madonna, Sade, Enigma, Everything but the Girl, Missy Elliott, M People
  • Danny: Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Pink

What comfort item from home will you miss the most?

  • Oswald: My bed
  • Danny: My bed and Sabrina, my Yorkshire dog[1]

These best friends from Season 2 had a falling out several years ago, but have since mended their relationship and claim to be better friends now than they've ever been during their 12 years of friendship. Even though these two don't live in the same city, they still see each other quite frequently and are ready to take another adventure of a lifetime together. Oswald describes himself as compassionate and resourceful while Danny can be described as an adventurous person who tries to keep things real and exciting at all times. Oswald claims to be the more focused of the two a trait that will surely be tested while racing against the all-stars. Their personalities are infectious and they truly enjoy their lives. Both have traveled the globe, speak several foreign languages between the two, and feel right at home on foreign soil. These two fun-loving friends are eager for the experience that the Race has to offer and are looking to be the team to beat.[2]

The Amazing Race 2

Race History

Oswald & Danny's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Danny 7 of 10
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Dance / Deliver Oswald 1 of 9
4 4 South Africa → Namibia Used Fast Forward 1 of 8
5 5 Namibia → Thailand Confusion Now / Confusion Later Oswald 6 of 7
6 6 Thailand Boat / Beast Oswald 4 of 6
7 7 Thailand → Hong Kong Wishing Tree / Herbal Tea Danny 4 of 6
8 8 Hong Kong → Australia Dragon / Lion Oswald 1 of 5
9 Australia Cool Down / Heat Up Oswald 4 of 5
9 10 Australia → New Zealand Quick Jump / Long Hike Oswald 4 of 4
10 11 New Zealand Drop / Climb Danny 4 of 4
Average 4.00
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 Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

Oswald & Danny's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ecuador Wrangle It / Recover It No Roadblock 2 of 11
2 2 Ecuador → Chile By Hand / By Machine Oswald 2 of 10
3 3 Chile Vertical Limit / River Wild Danny 5 of 9
4 4 Chile → Argentina Navigate It / Sign It Oswald 1 of 8
5 5 Argentina → Mozambique Pamper / Porter Oswald 4 of 7
6 6 Mozambique → Tanzania Solve It / Schlep It Danny 2 of 7
7 7 Tanzania → Poland Perfect Pitch / Perfect Angle Danny 2 of 6 [1]
8 8 Poland Used Fast Forward 1 of 6
9 9 Poland → Malaysia Artistic Expression / Cookie Confection Danny 4 of 5
10 10 Malaysia → Hong Kong Used Fast Forward 1 of 4
11 11 Hong Kong → Macau Noodle / Dragon Danny 4 of 4>
12 12 Macau → Guam Care Package / Engine Care Oswald 4 of 4
Average 2.67
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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

Notes:


1: Leg 7 had an unaired Roadblock. Danny was wearing a life-vest on (as the task involved rowing a boat) when getting the clue that directed them to the Pit Stop.

Post-Race

Trivia

External links

Interviews

Season 2

  • TARflies (06/05/2003): "Talk to the Cha" with Danny

All-Stars

  • Hannah Storm on Early Show (04/30/2007): "Friends' Race Dream Dashed"
  • Oscar Dahl at BuddyTV (04/30/2007): "Exclusive Interview: Oswald & Danny, 8th Team Eliminated on The Amazing Race: All-Stars"
  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (04/30/2007): "INTERVIEW: Ozzy and Danny dish about 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'"
  • Michael Jensen at New Now Next (04/30/2007): "Danny and Oswald from “The Amazing Race: All Stars”"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN (05/01/2007): "All-Stars Interview: Oswald & Danny"

Social Media Profiles

References

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