Sam McMillen and Dan McMillen are a team of Brothers on The Amazing Race 15.

They started fighting early in the season and never stopped. They quite possibly spent more time arguing than any other team in the series, even more than the young fighting couples who normally fill the role of the "fighting team," as most of their dialogue during tasks involved them yelling at each other. By the end of the season, they seemed to be the only team willing to play cutthroat, and rode a couple of shrewd moves to the Final 3. They would hit the chip counting challenge in the finale first, but were passed up by Meghan & Cheyne when they failed their first attempt at it, and finished 2nd.


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Brothers for 21 years, Sam and Dan will tell you that their relationship did not truly start until last summer when they both came out and told each other that they were gay.

Growing up Christian in a conservative community, neither one of them felt comfortable enough coming out at an early age but after doing so, they've found a whole new bond with one another and instantly became closer through honesty and trust. Sam and Dan will tell you that being gay is only one of the many aspects of their lives.

Dan describes himself as organized, open-minded and spontaneous and hopes to gain a new sense of appreciation for his life from running the Race with his brother. His hobbies include exercise, volunteering and traveling.

Sam claims to be optimistic and happy-go-lucky and his hobbies include cinema, logic games and anything involving the outdoors. Communication may be the biggest challenge for this Team, as they claim to be polar opposites. From academic interests to how they approach tasks, these brothers are very different in everything they do. Due to his passive mentality, Sam will need to be more vocal to overcome Dan's blunt, assertive personality in order to contribute to the team while on the road.

Sam is pursuing a degree in medicine while Dan has one more year left at William Jewell College to complete his business degree. When asked what former Team they would model their style of play after, Sam points to Nick and Starr because they maintained a positive attitude which carried them to the $1 million prize. Dan identifies with the competitive style of Rob and Amber. Both brothers hope that the Race will take their new found closeness to the next level and help them forge an even stronger bond.[1]

The Amazing Race 15

Race History

Sam & Dan's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Dan 9 of 12
2 Japan → Vietnam No Detour Sam 2 of 11
2 3 Vietnam Child's Play / Word Play Sam 5 of 10
3 4 Vietnam → Cambodia Cover / Wrap Dan 1 of 9
4 5 Cambodia → United Arab Emirates Build a Snowman / Find a Snowman Dan 5 of 8
5 6 United Arab Emirates Gold / Glass Dan 3 of 7
6 7 United Arab Emirates → The Netherlands Farmer's Game / Farmer's Dance Sam 1 of 6
7 8 The Netherlands → Sweden Nobel Dynamite / Viking Alphabet Sam 4 of 5
8 9 Sweden → Estonia Serve / Sling Sam 2 of 5
9 10 Estonia → Czech Republic Fast & Furious / Slow & Steady Dan 2 of 4
10 11 Czech Republic Legend / Lager Dan 2 of 4
11 12 Czech Republic → United States No Detour Sam 2 of 3
Average 3.17
     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



  • Youngest team to finish in 2nd place, with an age average of 22 at the time of racing.

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