Teri Slivers Pollack and Ian Pollack are a team of Married Parents on The Amazing Race 3 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars.

In Season 3, Ian carried a domineering attitude and was grumpy with his wife for almost the entire season, much of that due to him going through withdrawal from cigarettes. The two of them were severely underestimated after escaping elimination through a few lucky breaks at the beginning of the season, but hit their stride after winning the Fast Forward in Marrakesh. They won the two legs leading up the the finale, but fell to 2nd in the final leg when they had trouble finding a cab at the International Fountain.

Their tenacity and huge personalities got them invited back for All Stars. While they started off much better than they had on Season 3, they would end up being caught on the wrong end of the Tanzania flight spread, with their only chance of staying in the Race being to beat Joe & Bill. However, they got left in the dust at the Solve It Detour, and were eliminated in 7th place.


Teri and Ian have been married for 21 years. They met more than 22 years ago when Ian's mom played matchmaker and set them up on a date. As soon as they met, Teri and Ian instantly hit it off and were married a year later.

Currently living in Palm City, Florida, Ian, 50, is a retired police commander and private investigator and Teri, 49, is a homemaker. Both have done quite a bit of traveling over the years and have experienced their share of adventure and frustration on the road. One time in particular, the two were separated while vacationing in Bangkok. As Ian spent the day worrying about his wife's whereabouts, Teri went sightseeing and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Needless to say, Ian was not too happy when they were finally reunited at the end of the day. Says Teri, "He should have had enough faith in me to know that I could take care of myself!" On another vacation in Belize, Ian recalls how Teri saved his life. While scuba diving, Ian became disoriented and Teri saved him from ascending too quickly. Thankfully, Teri was right by his side. "She was totally there when I needed her," he says.

As they prepare to take on this latest challenge, Teri and Ian are hoping to set a good example for their two sons, Brandon, age 10 and Seth, age 16, and Ian's son, Eric, age 24, and are looking forward to adventure, competition, fun and winning the million dollar grand prize!

Teri's birth date is December 31. Ian's birth date is February 5.[1]

How would you describe your previous travel experience?

  • Teri: I feel I have done a fair amount of travel in the past, and have always had a wonderful time.
  • Ian: I'm well traveled; however, not in a race-type experience. I have been very lucky to be able to travel to many interesting places: Middle East, Orient, Africa, Europe, etc.

What is the most stressful aspect of traveling?

  • Teri: The part of traveling I find most stressful is the plane.
  • Ian: I guess the transportation part is a bit of a hassle, but if you want to experience different cultures, etc., you have to deal with it.

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

  • Teri: I can't determine what is the most important. I can't think of anything to remove to make the load lighter. Therefore no one thing is really most important.
  • Ian: Dry socks, and underwear for if these items are dry, all else can be dealt with.

Why did you want to be on THE AMAZING RACE?

  • Teri: I have watched the first two installments and thought (with family support) that we would be great and have a terrific time!
  • Ian: The challenge, adventure, and of course, the money!

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

  • Teri: Yes, we have been married for 21 years and have done a lot of traveling. We have had a great time seeing the world and sharing great experiences.
  • Ian: Yes, many times. It's been fun and it's been stressful, but it's always been together, which is and was great.

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

  • Teri: The thing I fear the most is being eliminated before the final leg. In other words, not winning!
  • Ian: There is nothing to fear but losing!

What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the Team?

  • Teri: I bring stability to our Team. I take the time to assess and analyze. I may be a tad tearful, but this is overcome-able.
  • Ian: Strengths: focus, direction, experience; weaknesses: sometimes attitude, and overcontrolling.

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

  • Teri: My teammate brings his astute powers of observation, a keen sense of determination and the ability to always help me do my best.
  • Ian: She is my rock, but she can really get difficult.

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

  • Teri: I will miss my children, Seth and Brandon. I will also miss the rest of my family.
  • Ian: My three boys.

What languages do you speak?

  • Teri: English.
  • Ian: A little Thai and, of course, English.

What destination are you hoping to visit?

  • Teri: Any exciting and exotic place will do.
  • Ian: Antarctica, to do an ice dive--in a dry suit, of course.

What country do you feel best prepared for?

  • Teri: Countries where they speak and understand English the best.
  • Ian: Anywhere the adventure takes me; I love adventure travel.[2]

Second place in Season 3 just wasn't good enough for this dynamic duo. Teri and Ian are still the oldest players to ever finish the Amazing Race and they are back to show that they haven't lost a step.

One of the fan favorites from all the seasons of race, Teri and Ian both have fiery personalities and a determination to win.

Married for 25 years with three kids, they were by far one of the most competitive teams to ever race. Both admit that the biggest similarity between them is that they both always think they are right, which can lead to a good amount of healthy bickering.

Teri describes herself as fun, interesting and adventurous while Ian describes himself as tenacious, adventurous and candid. Both are very active and enjoy biking and traveling. When asked which team they would model their style of play after, both quickly answer, "Teri and Ian." They are proud of the way they played and aren't looking to make any changes this time around.[3]

The Amazing Race 3

Teri & Ian's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Mexico Wings / Wheels No Roadblock 9 of 12
2 2 Mexico Man Power / Horse Power Ian 10 of 11
3 3 Mexico → United Kingdom Punt / Bike Teri 9 of 10
4 4 United Kingdom → Portugal Old School / New School Ian 5 of 9
5 5 Portugal → Spain → Morocco Ropes / Slopes Ian 6 of 8
6 6 Morocco Used Fast Forward 1 of 7
7 7 Morocco → Germany → Austria → Germany Sled / Skate Teri 4 of 6
8 8 Germany → Switzerland Count the Money / Run the Numbers Ian 3 of 5
9 9 Switzerland Extreme Swiss / Very Swiss Ian 4 of 5
10 Switzerland → Malaysia → Singapore Dry / Wet Ian 4 of 5
10 11 Singapore → Vietnam Easy Buy / Hard Sell Ian 1 of 4
11 12 Vietnam Basket Boats / Basket Bikes Ian 1 of 3
13 Vietnam → United States Quick Drop / Slow Walk Ian 2 of 3
Average 4.54
     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 Amazing Race: All-Stars

Race History

Teri & Ian's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Ecuador Wrangle It / Recover It No Roadblock 3 of 11
2 2 Ecuador → Chile By Hand / By Machine Ian 7 of 10
3 3 Chile Vertical Limit / River Wild Teri 6 of 9
4 4 Chile → Argentina Navigate It / Sign It Teri 3 of 8
5 5 Argentina → Mozambique Pamper / Porter Ian 3 of 7
6 6 Mozambique → Tanzania Solve It / Schlep It Ian 7 of 7
Average 4.83
     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 Yield
< Recipient of the Yield



  • Only team on Season 3 to not finish in last place for any legs.

Franchise Records

  • First team who was the oldest team of the season to make it the final leg.
  • Oldest team to reach the final three at the time of racing, 49.5 (tied with Ken & Tina)
  • Oldest team to finish in 2nd place at the time of racing, 49.5 (tied with Ken & Tina)
  • Highest average placing co-ed team with an age average of over 50, 4.83 in All-Stars.

US version

  • Lowest team average by a team that never finished in last place for any legs, 4.54 in The Amazing Race 3

External links


Season 3

  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (12/18/2002): "Race Win Amazing For Flo and Zach"
  • The Caroline Rhea Show (12/18/2002): "The Final 3 From The Amazing Race 3"
  • FansOfRealityTV (12/19/2002): "The Amazing Race: Our Interview with Teri & Ian"
  • Susan Schechter at RealityNewsOnline (01/29/2003): "Amazing Race 3 Interview with Teri & Ian"
  • Reality Reel Media (07/06/2004): "Exclusive Interview with Teri and Ian - Amazing Race 3"


  • Julie Chen on The Early Show (03/26/2007): "Teri & Ian Out of Race"
  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (03/26/2007): "INTERVIEW: Teri and Ian Pollack discuss their Amazing Race journey"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN (03/27/2007): "Amazing Race: All-Stars Interview: Teri & Ian"
  • Teeuwynn Woodruff on RealityNewsOnline (03/27/2007): "We Wanted to Race"

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