Steven "Steve" Meitz and David "Dave" Cottingham are a team of Air Traffic Controllers on The Amazing Race 4.

Dave injured his knee during the Detour on the first leg, but they managed to survive leg after leg through the use of a Fast Forward and other teams' mistakes. When a missed flight put them behind the pack in the Netherlands, their age and Dave's injury finally caught up with them, and they were eliminated in 8th place.


Forty-six-year-old Steve is an air traffic controller at the busy Chicago Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is a big fan of THE AMAZING RACE and has always wanted to be on the show. He has traveled quite a bit, especially recently, when he went to Kazakhstan with his wife and adopted his daughter, Olivia, which he describes as the most exciting moment in his life. He is fascinated by different countries and cultures. He loves watching Andy Griffith marathons on TV and eating pepperoni pizza for breakfast. He loves golf, bowling, movies and Chicago sports. He describes himself as "large, funny and friendly," and compares himself to actor John Candy.

Dave is 43 and works with Steve as an air traffic controller. He has been married four times and his children are grown; in fact, he is a grandfather. He loves woodworking and bowling and is a big fan of reality TV. He describes himself as "funny, outgoing and persevering." He compares himself to Woody Allen and Cosmo Kramer. He doesn't know any foreign languages, but can swear in Spanish. He is a perfectionist, and that makes it tough to be overweight. His biggest upset was when he and Steve made an operational error together at work, causing two planes to get too close (four miles). They were both decertified and had to go through retraining together. He wants to go on THE AMAZING RACE primarily for the competition and believes he and Steve will do very well.

The Amazing Race 4

Race History

Steve & Dave's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Italy Search / Rescue No Roadblock 5 of 12
2 2 Italy Waterway / Pathway Used Fast Forward 1 of 11 [1]
3 3 Italy → Austria Unknown Steve 9 of 10 [2]
4 4 Austria → France Ropes / Slopes Dave 8 of 9
5 5 France → The Netherlands 500 Kilograms / 15 Feet Steve 8 of 8
Average 6.20
     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

1: Steve & Dave elected to take the Fast Forward task after finishing the Detour, thus they only skipped the Roadblock.
2: Steve & Dave were not seen preforming either Detour tasks in Leg 3.



External links


  • FansOfRealityTV (06/27/2003): "Our Interview with Steve and Dave"
  • TARflies (07/09/2003): "Q&A with Dave"
  • TARflies (07/10/2003): "The Third Steve"
  • Phil Kural at RealityNewsOnline (07/10/2003): "Positive Attitude is Key" (with Dave)

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