updated 01/16/2014 AT 4:45 PM ET
•originally published 01/15/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She’s also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.
Are you all getting excited for the Winter Olympics? I have to say, the week we spent in Park City, Utah, was so incredible. To meet the athletes, to see where they are training and to watch their intensity and focus was inspirational. I personally loved meeting the U.S. Women’s Curling Team and the U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team and I loved traveling with the contestants, trainers and the Biggest Loser crew.
As much as the travel week is nerve-wracking for contestants, I could tell it was also reinvigorating for them. During the challenge, when the contestants started curling, it was pure comedy but they quickly got into their competitive spirit – Jay wanting to not win and have a greater target on his back and the rest wanting to win the $5000 prize. The competition was so exciting and Rachel coming from nowhere to win was particularly impressive. You have to give Rachel credit – she’s willing to put the target on her back to keep focused on the life-changes and competition instead of the game play.
For our second challenge, I knew the contestants weren’t expecting me to tell them that they were going to run up the bobsled route, especially at such a high altitude. When we first started the competition, each contestant would have barely started the challenge. Now, after all these weeks, each started with determination and a conviction to finish. Rachel again proved to be a force to be reckoned with and never stopped running until she passed the finish line. While only Rachel won the 1-lb. advantage on the scale, everyone not only finished but they all finished strong.
In the end, the remaining contestants voted for Jay to go home. Like he said, he is 8 lbs. away from his goal weight and had such a life transformation on the Ranch.