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.
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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.
How would you describe your previous travel experience?
What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?
What is the most important item in your backpack, and why?
Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?
Have you and your partner traveled together before? If so, what was it like?
What do you fear most about competing in THE AMAZING RACE?
What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?
What strengths and weaknesses does your teammate bring to the Team?
He's a little slower than I am.
What will you miss the most from home (besides your bed)?
What languages do you speak?
What destination are you hoping to visit?
What country do you feel best prepared for?
The Amazing Race 4
|Steve & Dave's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||United States → Italy||Search / Rescue||No Roadblock||5 of 12|
|2||2||Italy||Waterway / Pathway||Used Fast Forward||1 of 11►|||
|3||3||Italy → Austria||Unknown||Steve||9 of 10|||
|4||4||Austria → France||Ropes / Slopes||Dave||8 of 9|
|5||5||France → The Netherlands||500 Kilograms / 15 Feet||Steve||8 of 8|
- Steve & Dave are the first team to use the Fast Forward after completing a Detour or Roadblock.
- First team to be eliminated in the Netherlands.
- 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)
Social Media Profiles
- Steve's Facebook: /steven.meitz
- Dave's Facebook: /david.cottingham
|The Amazing Race 4 Teams|