Anna Kournikova made her debut last night on “The Biggest Loser.” Kournikova and Dolvett Quince joined Bob Harper on the 12th season of the weight loss reality show, replacing fitness expert Jillian Michaels.
“The Biggest Loser” started by dividing the weight loss contestants into three groups by age. The contestants then ran a mile in order to decide who would get first pick when it came to trainers. Bob, who was everyone’s top choice, was picked first by the middle age group. The young team, under 30, chose Quince next. While the above 50 group got stuck with Kournikova. With all three trainers picked, “The Battle of the Ages” was set to begin.
Kournikova, who obviously keeps herself in shape and has worked with some of the best trainers in the world, has never worked as a trainer herself. Kournikova will get to prove her fitness worth this season, but she didn’t do the greatest job last night. Her group came in last place at the end of the first episode.
Before the debut episode, Kournikova said:
“I’ve worked with the best psychologist sports psychologist, the best nutritionists, the best trainer, the best coaches… I know that I didn’t have a lot of experience or much experience working with obese people, but that’s why we have an amazing support system. Really, it’s basic science and math.
“The most important trick is explaining it to the contestants and motivating them. It’s not rocket science.”
Some of the contestants thought that Kournikova was going to be a sweetheart, but the Russian tennis player proved that she isn’t as soft as she looks.
The Daily Mail reports that Bob’s team lost 126 pounds in the first week. Dolvett’s team lost 89 pounds, while Kournikova’s team only lost 49 pounds.
Does Anna Kournikova have what it takes to lead her obese contestants toward a healthier life?