Olympic champions, lovebirds and best friends: first three 'Amazing Race Canada' teams announced

(L-R) Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson, Alain Chanoine and Audrey Tousignant-Maurice and Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday

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Canadian Olympic gold medalists, Montreal-based lovebirds and bubbly best friends are the first three ‘Amazing Race Canada’ Season 2 teams announced, with eight more pairs to be rolled out throughout the week. 
 
Fresh off their gold medal win in Sochi, Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team members Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson will be joined by Alain Chanoine and Audrey Tousignant-Maurice, a fiercely competitive dating couple from the Montreal area, and best friends Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday from the Greater Toronto Area who share boundless energy and terrific chemistry. 
 
Up from nine teams last season, the 11 teams will race for the historic half a million dollar grand prize. 
 
Three more teams will be announced tomorrow (June 18), three on Thursday (June 19), and the final two pairings will be revealed on Friday (June 20). Fans can also look forward to a special Season 2 exclusive, to be revealed this Friday (June 20) at noon ET by @AmazingRaceCDA.
 
“This season’s teams are highly competitive, athletic, and full of personality,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “They will ignite screens across Canada and inspire that same passion we saw erupt from last summer’s incredible journey.”
 
“Canada once again rose to the challenge this season, we have the most engaging and watchable teams – this season is going to blow people’s minds,” said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO of Insight Productions. “We have 11 dynamic teams from all corners of this country; Canada will be on the edge of their seats cheering them on.”
 
The biggest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series expanded this season to include “gas for life” from Petro-Canada. In addition, the winning team once again receives a $250,000 cash payout and the opportunity to fly free for a year anywhere Air Canada flies worldwide in Business Class, plus two Chevrolet Silverado High Country Edition Pickup Trucks. Teams are also competing for special pit stop prizes courtesy of Air Canada and Scotiabank, to be revealed during the broadcasts.
 
Season 2 of “The Amazing Race Canada,” hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon Montgomery, premieres Tuesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV Go. 
 
 

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