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The Biggest Loser recap: Going After the Dream

The contestants hit the Olympic training center and get inspired by some real athletes

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

The Biggest Loser

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Bob Harper
Reality TV

Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun! As you can see, I’ve got Olympic feva, fellow Biggest Loser fans. (And for those of you who couldn’t tell, that first sentence was me singing the Olympic theme song. Duh.) And I guess I’m not the only one. After all, we are only two days away from the Vancouver Olympics’ opening ceremony. And in a move that I’m sure in no way has anything to do with cross-promotion, NBC has dedicated an entire episode of The Biggest Loser to the athletic event. Yes, the network might be doing this to pull in more viewers for the Olympics, but let’s face it: It’s actually a fitting decision. Bob and Jillian are molding our contestants into athletes, so why not inspire them to work out even harder by showcasing Olympians? So, without further ado, let’s light my recap torch and begin!

Of course, since we were celebrating the winter Olympics, it didn’t seem to make much sense to film our contestants competing against the backdrop of the ranch’s palm trees. So Biggest Loser decided they would take a field trip — and what a field trip! Our contestants were shipped off to the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. It was a nice change of pace, not only because I’d been starting to get jealous watching everyone frolic in temperate conditions — when will it be spring, friends?! — but also because we got to look at all their different colored hats!

But the scenery wasn’t the only change this week. Ali, wearing a disco ball on her head, informed everyone that they would be competing as individuals. This news greatly disturbed Melissa, who claimed her team would suffer more than the others if separated, because they were husband and wife. I guess there’s some sort of law in Texas that forces married couples to literally be welded together, because otherwise, I’m not sure I follow why they are at a greater disadvantage if separated. Unless it’s like Speed or something, in that if Melissa and Lance are more than 50 inches apart at any time on the ranch, their heads will explode.

Yet, they would have to cope, especially since there would be two people going home this week. The contestant with the lowest percentage weight loss would be immediately eliminated, and the two with the next lowest would face possible elimination. But that’s far, far away folks. Let’s focus on the positives right now, like all the heart-warming Olympic-focused stories that were tossed our way! First we met Allison Jones, an alpine skier, cycler, and member of the U.S. Paralympic Team — who happens to have been born without a right femur. This woman has won four medals — while using only one of her legs! (All those who suddenly feel inadequate, say ”Hey!”)

NEXT: Koli’s crisis of confidence