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Naina Venkatesh from "The Amazing Race 2013" is one of the contestants in Season 23 of the CBS reality competition series. She is teamed up with her father, Hoskote Venkatesh. Naina is a 27-year-old fitness instructor from Laguna Niguel, California.

Here is an interview with Naina Venkatesh:

Describe what you do: I get to inspire and empower people to invest time in themselves and their relationships by altering the way they perceive their physical health. I strive to help others lead a well-balanced
Naina Venkatesh in "Amazing Race 23" with Hoskote Venkatesh
Naina Venkatesh Amazing Race 23 with Hoskote Venkatesh
life filled with energy, commitment and enthusiasm.

Three words to describe you: Resilient, opinionated and adventurous.

Favorite hobbies: Dancing, water sports and cooking.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Graduating from USC with honors.

What famous person reminds you of yourself? Anne Hathaway — beautiful personality. She loves to laugh, talented and fit.

What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Dr. Rey, a.k.a. Dr. 90210 — not only do they physically resemble each other, but the combination of intelligence and sophistication is identical.

What scares you most about traveling? What scares me the most is falling sick or being kidnapped.

What excites you most about traveling? Being able to immerse myself completely in a new environment, absorbing the sights, sounds and history around me. And through this process, hopefully discovering more of who I am and what I stand for.

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: Most of the time we both think that we are right. Being able to quickly resolve an issue without raising our voices or being unwilling to relent is something I hope this race allows us to work on. We are in unfamiliar territory during the Race so my wish is that we work out any kinks by compromising quickly and doing what's best within the circumstance we find ourselves in.

Pet peeve about your teammate: I don't know if it's deliberate or not, but I think my dad chooses to have selective hearing. Most times when I am talking to him I'll have to repeat questions several times before he sometimes will acknowledge that he is listening to me. And then while I am still talking to him, he'll walk away stating that his mind is elsewhere. It can be frustrating!

What country and place would you most like to visit and why? I would love to go to Kenya and go on an African Safari or visit Egypt to experience the rich and ancient cultural history first-hand.

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I come from a big family, so I have never been able to travel alone with my dad. I see this as an opportunity for adventure and exploration, where I get my dad all to myself and we are able to discover how we could improve upon our relationship as father/daughter but at the same time stay true to who we are as individuals.


Where does Naina Venkatesh live? Find out here.

Age: ∼30 years old
Current Residence: Laguna Niguel, CA

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