It was a Biggest Loser shocker on Tuesday night when two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner got up on the scale and announced that he was leaving the competition — before the weigh-in even took place.
It was a first time in the history of The Biggest Loser that a contestant voluntarily walked off the ranch. And, unlike most ousted contestants, there was no after segment with Gardner at home to show fans how he was doing. A spokesperson for Gardner told thehollywoodknow.com that he wasn’t sure if there would be one.
But he did issue the following statement from Gardner: “Participating on ‘The Biggest Loser’ was a fantastic experience. I went on the show to get my life and my health back and I have accomplished that goal. I want to thank the trainers and all those connected with the show who helped me in that endeavor. Once I reached my goal and started feeling like my old self, I felt compelled to return home and support my wife, Kamie, in the ongoing management of our personal and professional affairs. The real prize for me in participating on the show was regaining my life back and thanks to the show I have accomplished that. Another exciting outcome is that I am strongly considering a return to competitive wrestling.”
Toward that end, Gardner has signed a representation agreement with 776 Original Marketing to serve as his agency of record for commercial endorsements, speaking engagements, licensing, marketing and business opportunities.
In an interview with themat.com about his future plans, Gardener shared that he had begun wrestling workouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
He told the website: “My competitive fire is back. There are different directions I would like to go with it. I am contemplating competing again. I’m back training. I have had an opportunity to go to Colorado Springs, and feel where my physical conditioning is and learn where my physical strength is. My muscle memory will not come back quickly. I know it is a multi-month project. But my body is in the process of coming back. I have personal goals I have set for myself for the next couple of years.”
During his stay on The Biggest Loser ranch, Gardner lost 188 pounds, dropping from 474 to 286 pounds.
The Biggest Loser airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC.