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Jamal Zadran from "The Amazing Race 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 24 of the CBS reality competition series. He is teamed up with his cousin, Leo Temory. Nicknamed the Afghanimals, they previously competed in Season 23, coming in fourth place. Jamal is the CEO and owner of Z.I.G. (Zadran Investment Group) in Irvine, California.

The Amazing Race 24

Here is an interview with Jamal Zadran:

Describe what you do: I run my own private investment group, specializing in real estate and
Jamal Zadran in "Amazing Race 23" with Leo Temory (left)
Jamal Zadran Amazing Race 23 with Leo Temory (left)
the automobile industry. Zadran Investment Group operates an independent dealership to sell cars to the public, buys and flips homes in the Southern California area, and operates as a reality firm to the public. We also manage equity portfolios with trading of stocks, bonds and forex, and options.

Biggest mistake you made in your previous season: Showing our competitiveness to other teams, making us the biggest threat of the race.

Most memorable moment from your first Race: The first-hand experience of racing around the world and interacting with different people and their cultures.

Favorite place you visited on your first season: Austria and Portugal are at the top of my list of favorite places because of how beautiful the cities looked as we were racing. They're both so rich in history, and definitely places I would want to visit in the future with my wife.

Why do you want to run the Race again? I feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of. The way we went out the last race was kind of unfair and out of our hands.

How have you changed since the last time you competed? Nothing much has changed! We're still crazy, funny, cool guys who enjoy life!

What are you passionate about? I'm very passionate about winning and trying not to make any mental mistakes.

People would be surprised to learn: That I can speak four different languages and used to be a linguist. So picking up new languages in a new country in a very short time shouldn't be too hard!

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The other competitors on the Race. Some are back for the 3rd time and there is no team we will take for granted.

Pet peeve about your teammate: He can be sensitive to criticism and at times can be stubborn.

What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would like to visit some African nation with all wild animals. To have any challenge where we interact with animals is always fun. Also, I love lions, tigers and bears … Oh My!!

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to be able to say that competing with the best of the best was challenging, but I was able to perform and bring my "A" game!

Any strategic changes you will make heading into this Race: I am going to try not to be such a big target to other teams and take it easy so we aren't shown as threats to the race.

The Amazing Race 23

Here is an interview with Jamal Zadran:

Describe what you do: I manage and operate Zadran Investment Group (Z.I.G.) where we own our own Independent Dealership to sell cars to the public. Z.I.G. also buys and flips homes in the Southern California area and operates as a Reality Firm to the Public. Part of my Investment Group also manages Equity Portfolios with trading of stocks, bonds and forex, and options.  

Three words to describe you: Persistent, confident and energetic.

Favorite hobbies: Jet skiing, paintball and boogie boarding.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Working in Afghanistan for two years with the U.S. military.

What famous person reminds you of yourself? Kobe Bryant — competitor and champion.

What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Albert Einstein — his ideas are efficient and usually right.  

What scares you most about traveling? A bird hitting the aircraft and the plane crashing.

What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the different cultural customs people have and being able to try it out with them if allowed. To interact with and actually leave a life-lasting memory to somebody across the world would give me a feeling of making some type of difference in their life even if it's only for a short time.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We need to trust one another more often and not be too stubborn. Sometimes we may need to agree to disagree and not bicker a lot.

Pet peeve about your teammate: He's very sensitive to things I may say to him or when I critique him. 

What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Kenya, because of the natural wildlife. I'm a big cat fanatic and love the characteristics. To see them in the wild would be nice.

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? To have more patience with one another and get through all challenges and obstacles with Leo. Though it will be difficult, the ultimate feeling should be worth it.


Where does Jamal Zadran live? Find out here.

Age: ∼29 years old
Current Residence: Irvine, CA

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