To millions of Amazing Race fans, Phil Keoghan is the smiling figure waiting on the mat to greet the contestants at the end of each leg of the race. But this native New Zealander's own life experiences make the trials faced by the show's competitors seem like a Sunday walk in the park.
After a near-fatal scuba diving incident when he was only 19, Phil adopted a no-holds-barred approach to life. From spending leisurely days canoeing, fishing, and hunting with the native Yekuana of Venezuela to setting a world record with the first-ever 8-person bungee jump, Phil is continually testing his limits both physically and mentally. (He says his most daunting challenge to date was “dropping trou” at a nudist colony). In his 2004 book, No Opportunity Wasted and on the TV show of the same name, Phil also offers advice on how to create a “list for life” to help people pursue their own dreams.