ABC’s exciting new summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” announces the show’s 13 teams of three who will find themselves racing in a fun expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete the expedition? After 10 stunning legs of competition with drama, comedy and great characters, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory. Each winning team member will receive $50,000 ($150,000 total for the team) as well a new Ford Explorer.
“Expedition Impossible,” full of high adventure and human drama, premieres on Tuesday, June 21 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all around risk taker Dave Salmoni hosts.
The 13 teams of three are:
Christina Chin (24) — Corporate PR — Davis, CA
Brittany Smith (24) — Aspiring Pro Golfer — Rancho Murieta, CA
Natalie Smith (25) — Teacher/Coach — Woodland, CA
These brainy beauties not only carry the burden of being both gorgeous and smart, they also happen to be talented athletes. Christina, Brittany and Natalie met at UC Davis, where they were all recruited to compete for the Aggies. These ladies are always up for adventure and aren’t afraid to get a little dirty.
Robert Robillard (43) — Police Lieutenant — Concord, MA
Dani Henderson (34) — Police Officer — Marlborough, MA
Jim Vaglica (49) — Police Sergeant — Billerica, MA
The camaraderie that is shared between police officers is hard to replicate anywhere else in life. The level of trust that’s necessary to work together is amplified when you’re putting your life in someone else’s hands – which is something these three Massachusetts officers do every day, and will put to good use during their Moroccan expedition.
THE COUNTRY BOYS
Nicholas Coughlin (28) — Internet Marketing/Entrepreneur — Clinton, MS
Jason Cronin (37) — Business Owner/Entrepreneur — Pensacola Beach, FL
Chad Robinson (27) — Real Estate Investor — Bolton, MS
Hailing from the country backwoods of Mississippi, Nick, Jason and Chad are true Southern cowboys who know a thing or two about surviving. Jason has survived cancer, Crohn’s disease and the West Nile Virus, and was told he would only have six months to live… three years later he’s still going strong. All standing over 6’3″, these athletic country boys are ready to use size to their advantage and dominate the competition.
Ryan Allen Carrillo (36) — Business Owner — Los Angeles, CA
Kari Gibson (26) — Model — Los Angeles, CA
AJ Gibson (30) — Mortgage Consultant — Los Angeles, CA
Sister and brother Kari and AJ moved from small town Ohio to the big city lights of Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter AJ met Ryan. Ryan is AJ’s former partner and now best friend. Together this team has a deadly combination of insanely good looks, killer smiles and innate athleticism.
Gus Sanfilippo (48) — Fisherman — Gloucester, MA
Nino Sanfilippo (43) — Fisherman — Gloucester, MA
Joe Sanfilippo (44) — Fisherman — Gloucester, MA
Ready to represent the storied Northeast fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Gus (the captain), Nino (the engineer) and Joe (the deckhand) are three old-school Italian fishermen with small town values and big time hearts. Bonded together by blood (Gus and Nino are brothers, Joe is their cousin), they also work side by side as crewmates aboard the Captain Dominic. They believe their experience working together under pressure and routinely risking their lives while out at sea gives them an inherent “toughness” that will help them win.
THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (31) — Broadcaster — Los Angeles, CA
Robert Ortiz (27) — Business Owner — Solana Beach, CA
Ricky Sharpe (31) — Health and Fitness Consultant — Costa Mesa, CA
These three former NFL players met while playing football for San Diego State University. Akbar was a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and later the San Diego Chargers. Robert also played for the Chargers as a wide receiver, and Ricky spent several seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. They consider themselves to be hyper competitive and willing to do what it takes to win under any circumstances.
Dick Smith (69) — Store Owner — Normal, IL
Steven Smith (48) — Store Owner — Savoy, IL
Samantha Smith-Gibbs (23) — Store Manager — Thomasboro, IL
This team represents three generations of Smiths – grandfather, son and granddaughter. Patriarch Richard “Dick” Smith started the outdoor specialty store Wild Country, where his son and granddaughter are employed. Both father and son were U.S. Army Officers, served in the Special Forces and are Airborne and Ranger qualified. And although Sam may be a little prissy, she definitively has a competitive spirit.
John Post (25) — Sustainable Farmer — Pensacola Beach, FL
Taylor Filasky (31) — Video Producer — San Diego, CA
Eric Bach (26) — Entrepreneur — San Francisco, CA
Though they’re a bit wacky and lovably free-spirited, these friends take competition very seriously. Collectively they’ve worked, volunteered, lived in and traveled to over 40 countries. Despite their escapades, they’ve never been on an adventure like this, and are excited to show what they can do.
Dashia Imperiale (44) — Fitness Instructor — New York, NY
Raven Garcia (30) — Freelance Writer — Bronx, NY
Mai Reyes (38) — Manager — New York, NY
Excitable, determined and full of spice, these three Latinas know how to liven up any event and come fully equipped with a “win at all costs” attitude. Friends and co-workers, these ladies are a competitive force to be reckoned with.
Ellie Vanderbeck (52) — Bookkeeper — Reading, PA
Ruthie Vanderbeck (28) — Realtor — Reading, PA
Abbie Vanderbeck (30) — Nanny — Norwalk, CT
Eleanor is the matriarch of this family. Her daughters, Ruthie and Abbie, both served their country in the U.S. Army National Guard. Although they don’t consider themselves a physically strong team, the three women are problem solvers, which may help give them a leg up in the competition.
Kevin Coursey (39) — Firefighter — Belle Harbor, NY
Rob Keiley (34) — Firefighter — Rockaway Park, NY
Mike Egan (34) — Firefighter — Rockaway Park, NY
For all the reasons you would think – the nature of their work, the risks they take, how they have to depend on each other to quite literally stay alive – Kevin, Rob and Mike consider themselves “brothers” and will always be there for each other. Competitive by nature and willing to take risks, this team will be a force to contend with.
Erik Weihenmayer (42) — Motivational Speaker/Writer — Golden, CO
Jeff Evans (41) — Motivational Speaker/Physician Assistant — Boulder, CO
Aaron “Ike” Isaacson (33) — Soldier — Topeka, KS
These friends stick together in good times and bad. Erik became blind at an early age, but he didn’t let that get him down. In 2001 he summitted Mt. Everest. Jeff serves as Erik’s “eyes in the field.” He has been Erik’s primary climbing guide for over 20 years and is a published author and motivational speaker. Ike is an officer in the military, earning two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal, among others. He has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and will deploy again to Afghanistan after completing “Expedition Impossible.”
Lindsey Haymond (27) — Teacher — Houston, TX
Kelsey Fuller (22) — Student — Overland Park, KS
Mackenzie Fuller (18) — Student — Overland Park, KS
These three sisters, originally hailing from Kansas, are girly and sporty. But don’t let their good looks and sparkling smiles deceive you; they’re also cutthroat competitors, brimming with self confidence and willing to give it their all to win. In fact, these sisters are so competitive that 18-year-old Mackenzie is missing her senior prom to compete on “Expedition Impossible.”
“Expedition Impossible” was created by Mark Burnett, who also serves as executive producer with Lisa Hennessy. Both the television show and format will be distributed internationally by Mark Burnett International Distribution.