12/11/2011 AT 10:20 PM ET
It was bound to be a season of high drama on the The Amazing Race.
The teams hadn’t even left the States at the start of the competition when a missing-passport mishap threatened to send one pair of competitors home before their race across the world even began.
The winning duo covered four continents, 20 cities and nearly 40,000 miles in their quest to beat out two other fiercely competitive teams – but not before the season’s biggest shocker last week with the elimination of Olympian snowboarders Tommy Szechin, 31, and Andy Finch, 30, who seemed to have a lock on the win after snagging six leg-victories.
Their elimination left the $1 million competition up to dating couple Jeremy Cline, 35, a real estate broker, and Sandy Draghi, 33, a nurse practitioner; project manager Ernie Halvorsen, 29 and his fiancée Cindy Chiang, 30, a brand manager; and retired NFL tight end Marcus Pollard, 39, and his wife, business owner Amani, 36. Keep reading to find out who won: