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

Steve & Dave immediately admitted that it would be a challenge for them to be competitive given their age and lack of physicality. Dave injured his knee during the Detour on the first leg, but they were able to survive several legs through the use of a Fast Forward and benefitting from other teams' mistakes. Their luck ran out in the fifth leg when a missed flight in Paris because of a traffic jam put them behind the pack in 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.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Steve: I've been to 15 other countries, 43 other states and 2 other planets.
  • Dave: Limited at best.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Steve: Without a doubt, middle seat, coach, next to a bi-polar divorcee and her colicky kid.
  • Dave: The most stressful thing about traveling (in this case, anyhow,) is the fear that I have that Steve will follow through on his threat to sit on me if I don't give him a dollar every day.

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

  • Steve: Advil. The creaking and popping of my knees you hear is real.
  • Dave: The stun gun I'll be using to keep Steve away from MY portion of the meager food.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Steve: I didn't want to shovel snow at home.
  • Dave: Because THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS wasn't hiring.

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

  • Steve: Except for the trip to the pokey for solicitation, no.
  • Dave: Yes, we've traveled together before. It was the best trip to pick up a pepperoni pizza I've ever had.

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

  • Steve: We do not want to finish last.
  • Dave: I worry that Steve and I will have to sleep in the same bed and that he will roll over. I'd become nothing but a greasy spot.

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Steve: Sense of humor, tenacity, ability to differentiate regular from diesel.
  • Dave: Strengths? Who said anything about strengths?

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

  • Steve: People skills, fabulous sense of humor. He lends me money and forgets he did it. Weaknesses?

He's a little slower than I am.

  • Dave: Partner's strengths: Who said anything about strengths? Partner's weaknesses: I'd need far more space than you've provided.

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

  • Steve: My wife and 3½-year-old daughter.
  • Dave: I'll miss my wife and my dog.

What languages do you speak?

  • Steve: I can count to 10 in five languages and swear at you in 12.
  • Dave: I can swear at you in Spanish and can count to five in dog.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

  • Steve: Nepal, Greece, Italy and Japan.
  • Dave: I'm hoping that they run us to my home for a nice dinner, but barring that, Germany would be nice.

What country do you feel best prepared for?

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 Mozart / Beethoven Steve 9 of 10 [2]
4 4 Austria → France Ropes / Slopes Dave 8 of 9
5 5 France → 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 performing either Detour tasks in Leg 3. However, Dave privately informed The Amazing Race Wiki that they performed the Mozart task.



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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