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Mike Danley's Biggest Loser Elimination Interview
Coach Mike prepares for a marathon and defends Anna's training reputation.
Many a 50- or 60-something has done it before, and Mike Danley was certainly poised to be a contender for the title of Biggest Loser this season at 61. However, in week four, the blue team suffered their third loss and someone had to go home. With only Bonnie, Becky and himself remaining, the last man standing was sent home.
"I didn't agree," said the man otherwise known as Coach Mike. "I thought I had the best numbers, and with that in mind I'd still be on the show. I wasn't even thinking about elimination." At the end of the day, Mike admitted that "it's just a show."
At home is where the real work gets done and Mike's proving he can handle it even though "adjusting back to mainstream life" has been the hardest part for him. His Where Are They Now video revealed a much slimmer football coach, father, and husband. He's working with a trainer and spending a lot of time preparing for the marathon. Having never even run a 5K, he relies on the advice of his son and daughter-in-law, who are avid runners, to strengthen his legs. He strength trains his lower body and legs during the week, and on the weekend he rides 50 miles on a bike. On the rare occasion he does run, he does a jog-walk combo to build his endurance.
Mike had a lot of good things to say about his personal trainer at home, but he also raved about this training he received from Anna Kournikova at the ranch. "She is not a rookie, she is not a pushover, she is very compassionate," Mike remarked about her. He came to her defense in the face of public disapproval with her training style and ability. "They're not going to bring in someone who doesn't have credibility," Mike said of the producers who cast Anna. "She can do the job."
What we see at home is very different from the first-hand experience the contestants have at the ranch. When she organized a last chance workout for the blue team on a custom tennis court and put the three remaining blue team members through a day of tennis drills, Mike thought "My God! She did this eight hours a day."
Anna, a renowned professional tennis player, wasn't Mike's only pro-sport introduction. During week 3's "NFL Challenge" week, he also had the opportunity to meet Eric Dickerson, a retired NFL player from the Rams and Colts who just happens to live across the street from the ranch. He was impressed at how Dickerson has kept in shape since turning 50 and excited to meet a fellow football professional whose career he'd followed closely.
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