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For Cyndi & Russell from The Amazing Race 2, see Cyndi & Russell.

Russell Brown and Cindy Duck are a Friends/Dating team on The Amazing Race 4.

Despite being friends, Cindy wanted to see if there was something more there, but Russell did not, which caused them to clash with each other several times throughout the race. They were eliminated in 10th place when they mistakenly got train tickets to Gmund instead of Gmunden in Austria because they went to the Vienna East Train Station instead of the Vienna West Train Station since the Vienna East did not have any trains departing to Gmunden.


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Russell is a 32-year-old model/actor/entrepreneur who describes himself as hilarious and a leader. He loves the adventure of traveling and greatly dislikes losing or failing at anything. He admits he talks a lot, but that he has an ability to get everyone involved. People say he looks like Mel Gibson, but he says he's like the TV character McGyver because he gets things done. He calls Cindy "a female film character James Bond." He is always on the go and cannot stand not to be doing anythingl He claims to be very intuitive, which can be a great gift or a pain in the butt. About his going on the Race with Cindy, Russell declares, "Some people may know their partners better, but that may be what makes us so great to watch: the unknown or X factor."

Cindy is 39 years old and describes herself as a former supermodel and currently, an inventor. She loves to jet ski, play pool and write stories. She describes herself as "loyal, playful and spontaneously adventurous to the point of insanity." She insists on winning; quitting is not an option. Because of her Irish background and being passionate about life, Cindy must blow off steam, and she does so by telling the person off right to their face. She and Russell debate things constantly. She admits that both of them can get a little jealous, and adds, "Russell more than me." Cindy has lived in other countries, such as Japan, Germany, Paris, Ireland and Indonesia. She says she has always had a fantasy of being in a "Jewel of the Nile" situation with a man and hopes THE AMAZING RACE would be that. She says she has a great deal of respect for Russell and that he has never disappointed her. But, she says, both have been so busy that they have had difficulty spending long periods of time together.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Russell: Quite vast. Have lived in Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Italy for 4-5 months at a time. Have also traveled to at least 5 other countries for work.
  • Cindy: Spontaneous! In the past I was a model with Ilene Ford, then moved over to Wilhelmina Agency. That business was always a world of opportunity to travel to the major markets on a whim. In between when I'd vacation, I'd pick the most adventurous, remote locations, like Indonesia.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Russell: The other people you come in contact with.
  • Cindy: Personally, I enjoy the unknown, so sometimes I'd get lost on purpose in a country, just for the adventure of testing something new!

What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?

  • Russell: My socks. If your feet don't get taken care of, then they won't take care of you.
  • Cindy: The alarm clock.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Russell: For the adventure. I have seen a lot of places, but there is a lot more out there to see.
  • Cindy: This particular adventure would make a great home video!

Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?

  • Russell: No, but it should be interesting.
  • Cindy: No, but Russell is the only man I'd want to do this type of trip with.

What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Russell: There is not any fear, just a lot of anticipation.
  • Cindy: Bungee cord jumping sounds like a death wish to me.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Russell: My ability to problem-solve and be a good leader. I also laugh all the time, which makes tough situations easier.
  • Cindy: When or if there is any type of emergency, I'm usually the one people rely on. I am strong and clear. I guess to some it's a weakness being free with a show of emotions, but to me, well, I consider that an expression of strength.

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

  • Russell: She is strong-willed and a great competitor. As far as weaknesses, we will have to wait and see.
  • Cindy: Russell tends to compete and analyze a situation rather quickly and intelligently, and then he handles it. I find it quite comforting.

What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?

  • Russell: My friends.
  • Cindy: On a shallow note: my café lattes, charming restaurants and candlelight.

What languages do you speak?

  • Russell: English and some Spanish.
  • Cindy: Enough Indonesian to get by, a small handful of Japanese to show an attempt to be polite.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

What country do you feel best prepared for?

  • Russell: No one in particular. I'm ready for them all.
  • Cindy: Indonesia.[2]

The Amazing Race 4

Race History

Russell & Cindy's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Italy Search / Rescue No Roadblock 8 of 12
2 2 Italy Waterway / Pathway Russell 7 of 11
3 3 Italy → Austria Mozart / Beethoven Russell 10 of 10
Average 8.33
     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


  • Immediately after being eliminated from the race, Russell & Cindy broke up and have never spoken to each other again.
    • Russell famously also isolated himself from all of the other teams at Sequesterville. In addition, he made himself "unavailable" for any post-race interviews.


  • Russell & Cindy are the first team to be eliminated in Austria.

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