It looked the white team would be in trouble again, but instead it was Bob’s blue team members that went up for elimination. In a heartbreaking moment for Bob, Holley Mangold’s 3-pound weight loss dropped her below the red line and she was eliminated.
This was the first week with the trainer saves out of the picture, and Holley’s elimination came as a visible blow to Bob. We spoke with Holley about her feelings about not being saved, and what her plans are now that she’s off the ranch.
“I’m very much planning on going to Rio [Summer Olympics 2016],” she said. “That was my whole reason for going on the show…to have a chance at getting a medal.”
When Biggest Loser contacted her about being on the show, she was originally reluctant to take the offer because of her career. “It sounds really weird for a person to be afraid of losing weight, but when your career is as a super heavy weight, you worry about things like that.”
In the end it was Bob, a weight lifter himself, who convinced Holley to be on the show. “Bob was really the reason I went on the show,” she told us. “I respected him not only as a coach, but as a friend.”
Though they were close, Holley said she spoke with Bob about using his trainer save, which many assumed he would use on Holley. “He was saving the save for Chelsea,” she shared. “I never intended on winning the show or trying to win the show. I know Matt worked hard, he deserved that save. It was a good time for me to leave the show.”
Since leaving, Holley has continued her weight loss journey. She has lost 91 pounds since her first weigh-in for Biggest Loser for a current weight of 260 pounds. Though not necessarily setting her sights on winning the at-home prize, Holley is happy about her continued progress. She also lists her time on Biggest Loser as one of the things she is most thankful for this year.
“I have so many things in my life to be thankful for. In the last year and a half, I went from making my dreams come true at the Olympics and then 10 months later on Biggest Loser. It’s been a really great year.”