Wanda Lopez-Rochford and Desiree Cifre are a Mother/Daughter team on The Amazing Race 9.

They started off strong by finishing 3rd in the first leg, but were hit hard by fatigue during the double-leg, leading them to get terribly lost in Germany, and were then narrowly beaten out by Danielle & Dani at the needle-in-a-haystack gnome Roadblock, finishing 9th.


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Wanda & Desiree are a mother and daughter Team with a close-knit bond. Both women have a great sense of humor and enjoy shopping, traveling and cooking.

Wanda, a corporate trainer, is married and lives in Smyrna, Georgia. Fluent in Spanish, Wanda has previously lived in New York and Puerto Rico. One of the accomplishments for which Wanda is most proud is earning two college degrees while raising her daughter. More recently, Wanda was able to share in the excitement of watching Desiree graduate from NYU.

Desiree resides in New York City where she works as a writer. Currently in a steady relationship, she describes herself as passionate and artistic. An only child, her biggest pet peeve about her mother is that she tends to be overprotective.

Although they are definitely playing to win, Wanda & Desiree also hope to expand their knowledge of different cultures while seeing the world on THE AMAZING RACE.

The Amazing Race 9

Race History

Wanda & Desiree's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Motor Head / Rotor Head No Roadblock 3 of 11
2 2 Brazil Press It / Climb It Desiree 6 of 10
3 3 Brazil → Russia → Germany Scrub / Scour Wanda 7 of 9 [1]
4 Break It / Slap It Desiree 9 of 9
Average 6.00
     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


1: Leg 3 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the first row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.


  • Desiree got married in April 2010 and had a son born in January 2012.


  • featured them for a Mother's Day Celebration slideshow in 2015.[1]

External links


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (03/22/2006): "Racing To Nowhere on Autobahn"
  • Jenn Basler at RealityNewsOnline (03/23/2006): "We've Definitely Had Our Share of Bonding"

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