Stephanie Anderson started this season of The Biggest Loser with her mom, Patti, but the team was split up in week two when Patti was sent home. Now on her own, Stephanie will be giving InTouchWeekly.com readers the exclusive behind-the-scenes dish every week! This episode was the last one for two weeks, as the show makes way for coverage of the Winter Olympic games in Vancouver. Fittingly, the contestants headed to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to get inspiration from the world-class athletes. "To be able to walk the halls where these amazing athletes go to train and visualize myself becoming an athlete and being more confident as a woman, it was just emotionally incredible and mentally stimulating," Stephanie tells In Touch. "These athletes have done this day after day for years. Here it was week six, I'm missing home, and my body is changing so much, I was having these huge highs and lows emotionally and physically, so what an opportunity to pick their brains! It was by far the most defining moment for me to this point." Read on to find out what you didn't see this week.
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Did you get to carry the torch while you were at the center?
We all did! To hold that torch —- it actually makes me teary-eyed right now — I felt very empowered and optimistic for the rest of my journey. That's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
You got to mingle with some of the athletes who are going to Vancouver now. What was that like?
A few of us hung out with J.R. Celski one night. We got to listen to music and heard about his injury — his skate blade went through his leg! And he found the strength to heal and go through rehabilitation and continue to do what he loves. He is just an awesome guy and for him to say we motivate him, it was really cool. He was so stoked for all of us. We've kept in touch, and he's in Vancouver now. Hopefully, he'll take home the gold — that's what they say, that he's probably going to do it.
Then you can visit him and try on the gold medal!
I did get to try on Julia Mancuso's gold medal! First, she gave us all little mini tiaras, and we did part of our workout in them. She said it's important to embrace your femininity even if you're an athlete; you can be both. That really resonated with me because I am such a girlie girl. We took pictures with her wearing the gold medal. It was a great day for us.
J.R. is a short-track speed skater, so he taught you all the slide board challenge. We didn't see you much — how did you do?
Sam finished, Melissa finished, Sunshine finished, I was still about 340. My legs were Jell-O and my inner thighs felt like they were on fire. I was exhausted, and there was no more prize — everyone had won. People started getting off the boards, but I kept going. J.R. came over to me and we had an amazing moment, which is why I think we connected so much. He said, "Are you going to stop?" I said, "No, I want to get to 400 at least." So as I was fighting, he was walking back and forth in front of me, looking eye-to-eye. And he said "This is mental, Stephanie. You can get through this." When I got to 400, he said, "Are you going to stop now? " I said, "No. I'm going to finish it." It took me another 20 minutes while the film crew was wrapping up, and I finished it. I was the only person who didn't win to finish. It was pretty awesome. The other contestants cheered me on. For me, it wasn't about having it show on TV — that was for me. I walked away feeling good. Sore, but good!
The last challenge was shooting — that must have been a unique experience for a girlie girl.
It was, but I was surprisingly good! I actually really like shooting. I got a real kick out of it, and I was kind of flying under the radar at the beginning because I'm a good runner, and I was a good shot.
But at the weigh-in you lost four pounds. Were you worried?
It was the first time since my mom left that I felt in jeopardy. I was freaking out! But it ended up not being me, and that was a huge sense of relief.
Instead, Melissa went home, and it came down to a challenge between Darrell and Cheryl. Was it nice to know you wouldn't have to vote someone out?
It's definitely a struggle when you have to lend a hand in sending someone home, but at the same time I knew it was going to be a tough night for Darrell and Cheryl, especially having Melissa leave like that. Then to go straight into a challenge, I know it was tough for Daris and Drea, as well. I felt really bad for them.
And it's a cliffhanger — we won't find out who won until the show comes back.
We have to wait two weeks, but I'm excited for the Olympics — go J.R.!