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Reality television show was an 'Amazing' experience for two Oklahoma brothers

Cord and Jet McCoy thought they were well traveled before they participated in television reality competition. Then they journeyed around the world.
by Bryan Painter Published: April 28, 2013

Cord and Jet McCoy had traveled coast to coast and border to border to rodeos within the United States. And the brothers from Tupelo had even made a few trips into Canada.

“I thought I was well traveled,” Jet McCoy said.

Then the definition of well traveled was changed significantly in their lives by a television reality competition, “The Amazing Race.” The McCoys finished second in “The Amazing Race 16” and returned for “The Amazing Race 18.” They were eliminated from the latter on an episode that aired about two years ago.

They won some money and prizes during the course of the two shows. But Cord said most of all, they rode off with “a lifetime of memories.”

“We were putting 125,000 or so miles a year on a pickup going to rodeos and I'd been in like 46 of the 50 states and really thought I'd kind of been around the country,” said Jet, 33. “I really didn't realize how much more there was out there to see than just tooling around the U.S.

“There are the different cultures and the different geography. There's just a lot out there going on that you just don't ever think about.”

They're back to life pretty much as it was pre-reality television. Jet and wife, Ashlee, are raising a daughter, Ti Silver, 4, and cattle near Ada. Cord married Sara. He's still a ranch cowboy and continues to ride bulls.

Life is somewhat back to normal, but their personal definition of “well traveled” has undergone a world of change.

Life is somewhat back to normal, but their personal definition of “well traveled” has undergone a world of change.

“Well, I thought it was pretty cool when I got to thinking about it afterward,” Jet said, “and we have seen, of course, the Rocky Mountains, but also the Swiss Alps, the Andes and the Himalayas.”

On “The Amazing Race,” teams of two people race around the world. Asked why they got involved originally, the McCoys said they hoped to win the $1 million grand prize. Although that didn't quite happen, it was soon evident to both that there were other values to this experience that they'd never really thought about.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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