London Olympics 2012: United States Mens and Womens Gymanstics Individual Apparatus Preview

Now that the Team Final and the Individual All-Around medals have been awarded all that is left are the medals for all of the individual apparatus for the Mens and Womens gymnastics.

MENS APPARATUS WOMENS APPARATUS
Floor Exercise
Vault
Pommel Horse
Still Rings
Parallel Bars
Horizontal (High) Bar
Floor Exercise
Vault
Balance Beam
Uneven Bars

But who has qualified for which apparatus? Below you will find a table breakdown of every gymnast and the scores received:
QR: Qualification Round score
TF: Team Final score
AA: Individual All-Around score
PD1: Point Difference between the Qualification Round and Team Final scores
PD2: Point Difference between the Qualification Round and Individual All-Around scores

NAME APPARATUS QR TF PD1 AA PD2
Jake Dalton Floor Exercise 15.633 15.466 -0.167
Jonathan Horton Horizontal Bar 15.566 15.200 -0.366
Danell Leyva Horizontal Bar 15.866 15.866 0.000 15.700 -0.166
Sam Mikulak Vault 16.300 15.966 -0.334
Gabrielle Douglas Uneven Bars 15.333 15.200 -0.133 15.733 +0.400
Gabrielle Douglas Balance Beam 15.266 15.233 -0.033 15.500 +0.234
McKayla Maroney Vault 15.900 16.233 +0.333
Alexandra Raisman Floor 15.325 15.300 -0.025 15.133 -0.192
Alexandra Raisman Balance Beam 15.100 14.933 -0.167 14.200 -0.900
Jordyn Wieber Floor 14.666 15.000 +0.334

For an idea of which days to tune in for the individual apparatus competitions that will feature the United States gymnasts:
– Sunday, August 5th: Mens Floor Exercise and Womens Vault
– Monday, August 6th: Mens Vault and Womens Uneven Bars
– Tuesday, August 7th: Mens Horizontal Bar, Womens Floor Exercise and Womens Balance Beam

August 3, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: The NBA at the Olympics

If you’re a basketball fan like me then you were probably keeping up with the roster of the United States Mens Basketball Team that are playing in London for the 2012 Olympics right now.

In case you happen to be hiding under a rock somewhere… here is the current roster as well as which NBA Team they are from:

PLAYERS NAME NBA TEAM POSITION
TYSON CHANDLER New York Knicks Center
KEVIN DURANT Oklahoma City Thunder Forward
LEBRON JAMES Miami Heat Forward
RUSSELL WESTBROOK Oklahoma City Thunder Guard
DERON WILLIAMS Brooklyn Nets Point Guard
ANDRE IGUODALA Philadelphia 76ers Guard / Forward
KOBE BRYANT Los Angeles Lakers Shooting Guard
KEVIN LOVE Minnesota Timberwolves Forward / Center
JAMES HARDEN Oklahoma City Thunder Shooting Guard
CHRIS PAUL Los Angeles Clippers Point Guard
ANTHONY DAVIS New Orleans Hornets Forward / Center
CARMELO ANTHONY New York Knicks Forward

What people may or may not realize is that there is a significant number of NBA players that are also playing basketball in the Olympics but for other countries.

As of August 3rd the following teams are definitely qualified for the Quarterfinals:
– United States
– Russia
– Spain

As we know more of whom would be participating in the Quarterfinals this post will be updated accordingly.

Below is the list of those players as well as which NBA team they are from and which country they are playing for. Also included in the below list are those players that have been recently signed by various teams throughout the NBA over the summer of 2012.

Since the Mens Basketball Olympic Competition is still in the preliminary rounds til August 6th, we won’t know who of the below players we will have the pleasure of seeing play in the Top 8.
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London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps a Look Back

Several weeks ago on my personal blog, I broke down the times in every individual event that Michael Phelps has participated in each of the Olympics that he has been a part of… now that he is getting close to completing his time in London, here is an update of the table from my original post:

YEAR PRELIM SEMIS FINALS PLACING
MENS 200 METER FREESTYLE
2004 Athens 1:48.43 (Q) 1:47.08 (Q) 1:45.32 Bronze
2008 Beijing 1:46.48 (Q) 1:46.28 (Q) 1:42.96 Gold
MENS 100 METER BUTTERFLY
2004 Athens 52.35 (Q) 51.61 (Q) 51.25 Gold
2008 Beijing 50.87 (Q) 50.97 (Q) 50.58 Gold
2012 London 51.72 (Q) 50.86 (Q) 51.21 Gold
MENS 200 METER BUTTERFLY
2000 Sydney 1:57.30 (Q) 1:57.00 (Q) 1:56.50 5th
2004 Athens 1:57.36 (Q) 1:55.65 (Q) 1:54.04 Gold
2008 Beijing 1:53.70 (Q) 1:53.70 (Q) 1:52.03 Gold
2012 London 1:55.53 (Q) 1:54.53 (Q) 1:53.01 Silver
MENS 200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
2004 Athens 1:57.14 (Q) 1:58.52 (Q) 2:00.01 Gold
2008 Beijing 1:58.65 (Q) 1:57.70 (Q) 1:54.23 Gold
2012 London 1:58.24 (Q) 1:57.11 (Q) 1:54.27 Gold
MENS 400 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
2004 Athens 4:13.29 (Q) 4:08.26 Gold
2008 Beijing 4:07.82 (Q) 4:03.84 Gold
2012 London 4:13.33 (Q) 4:09.28 4th

A quick glance at the times above throughout the Olympics that Michael has participated in thus far it would appear that although his lowest times were in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, for the most part he has been consistent thereafter.

As of this writing he has the following individual medals:
Gold: 10
Silver: 1
Bronze: 1

Keep in mind that I did not count any medals he has earned with others in the various relay events, although he has earned quite a few in those individual events as well.

Twice he has won a particular event in three consecutive Olympics… now the question remains: Will he come back for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Give it a few years and we’ll know our answer.

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: United States’ Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas in the Individual All-Around Results

Yesterday I posted a preview of the Women’s All-Around Competition… more specifically I focused on the two athletes that would be representing the United States in the All-Around: Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas.

As a quick reminder here are the qualification scores in comparison to the Team Final scores on the apparatus that the two gymnasts were asked to participate on:

NAME FE V UB BB
GABRIELLE DOUGLAS
Qualifications 13.766 15.900 15.333 15.266
Team Final 15.066 15.966 15.200 15.233
Point Differential +1.300 +0.066 -0.133 -0.033
ALEXANDRA RAISMAN
Qualifications 15.325 15.800 14.166 15.100
Team Final 15.300 14.933
Point Differential -0.025 N/A N/A -0.167

After the break are the scores from the Womens Individual All-Around competition from today, but before that the final placements of the Top Ten Womens All-Around gymnasts.
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August 2, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: United States’ Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas in the Individual All-Around Preview

Much like how I laid it out yesterday for the Mens Gymnastics Individual All-Around… today I will focus on the two United States Womens Gymnastics qualifiers: Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas.

Looking back at the Qualification Round, the United States women were strongest with having three of the five gymnast squad in the top five: Alexandra Raisman (2nd overall), Gabrielle Douglas (3rd overall), and Jordyn Wieber (4th overall). Since only the top two from each country is allowed in the individual gymnastics events the only ones we’ll follow are Alexandra and Gabrielle.

Before we find out how they did, let’s look at the scores they have received for the various apparatus in the Qualifying and Team Finals thus far. The following includes their Qualification scores, Team Final scores and the point differences between the two if applicable:

NAME FE V UB BB
GABRIELLE DOUGLAS
Qualifications 13.766 15.900 15.333 15.266
Team Final 15.066 15.966 15.200 15.233
Point Differential +1.300 +0.066 -0.133 -0.033
ALEXANDRA RAISMAN
Qualifications 15.325 15.800 14.166 15.100
Team Final 15.300 14.933
Point Differential -0.025 N/A N/A -0.167

Gabrielle was used on all four apparatus and she had increased her score between the Qualifications and the Team Final, whileas Alexandra was only used on two of the four apparatus and her scores dipped (though for the Floor Exercise that was questionable since she did alter a little of her routine due to the United States needing at least a 10.000 score to capture gold).

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I will post the individual scores for both Alexandra and Gabrielle as they happen live and include the final placements as they become official!

August 1, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: United States’ Danell Leyva and John Orozco in the Individual All-Around

Today Danell Leyva and John Orozco competed in the All-Around over in London.

If you remember from the Qualification Round, the United States men did rather well individually with Danell Leyva qualifying in first while John Orozco was fourth overall.

Before we find out how they did in the individual All-Around, let’s look at the scores they have received for the various apparatus in the Qualifying and Team Finals thus far. The following includes their Qualification scores, Team Final scores and the point differences between the two if applicable:

EVENT FE PH SR V PB HB
DANELL LEYVA
Olympic Qualifications 15.100 14.866 14.600 15.500 15.333 15.866
Team Finals 15.200 13.400 15.366 15.866
Point Differential +0.100 -1.466 N/A N/A +0.033 0.000
JOHN OROZCO
Olympic Qualifications 15.166 14.766 15.066 15.800 14.533 15.266
Team Finals 12.733 14.958 14.600 15.133 15.333
Point Differential N/A -2.033 -0.108 -1.200 +0.600 -0.067

Between the Qualification Round and the Team Final both men seemed to have faltered quite a bit, thus why they weren’t able to land themselves onto the podium. Beyond the break I’ll compare their individual Qualification scores with their scores from the All-Around today as well as the point differential so we could see how they have progressed or regressed where applicable.

Just beyond the break: The Top 10 Men Gymnastics Individual All-Around
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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: United States Womens Gymnastics Olympic Team Final Results

Much like I laid out the United States Mens Gymnastics Olympic Team Final Results yesterday I will do the same for the Women.

First I will just show who I had predicted to be up for each of the various apparatus then I will show who ultimately was selected for Team USA for the Floor Exercise, Vault, Balance Beam and Uneven Bars.

Then after the break… to keep for giving out spoilers… I will provide the Qualification Round scores for each of the gymnasts that participated on the apparatus, then there will be another table with their Team Final score and finally I will show the point differentiation between that of the Qualification Round and the Team Finals to see if there was any major difference between the two scores.

At the end of the post you will see the final placements for the eight teams that made it to the London 2012 Womens Gymnastics Olympic Team Final.

So to start let’s look at where I believe the female gymnasts are going to be representing the United States on the various apparatuses versus what actually happened:

NAME FE V UB BB
US WOMENS GYMNASTICS OLYMPIC TEAM FINAL PREDICTED BREAKDOWN
Gabrielle Douglas X X X ??
Jordyn Wieber X X X ??
Alexandra Raisman X X
Kyla Ross X X
McKayla Maroney X
US WOMENS GYMNASTICS OLYMPIC TEAM FINAL ACTUAL BREAKDOWN
Gabrielle Douglas X X X X
Jordyn Wieber X X X
Alexandra Raisman X X
Kyla Ross X X
McKayla Maroney X

Mckayla Maroney’s specialty is the Vault, so it is to be expected that would be the only apparatus that she would be required to partake in.

As for figuring out who between Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber would be expected to participate on all four apparatus? Well… considering we know that Jordyn is expected to partake on three of the four apparatus then that just leaves Gabrielle.

After the break: Womens Gymnastics Team Finals Placements / Results
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July 31, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: United States Mens Gymnastics Olympic Team Final Results

Over at London the Mens Team Finals were underway… So how did the United States do? Well, let’s take a look back at who we could expect to see performing what during the Team Final.

As I mentioned in an earlier post I had predicted how the apparatus breakdown was going to happen… if you have forgotten here is the table:

US MENS GYMNASTICS OLYMPIC TEAM FINAL PREDICTED BREAKDOWN

NAME FE PH SR V PB HB
Danell Leyva X X X
John Orozco X X X X X X
Jonathan Horton X X
Jake Dalton X X X
Sam Mikulak X X X X

This is how the actual breakdown of the Team Finals happened today:

US MENS GYMNASTICS OLYMPIC TEAM FINAL ACTUAL BREAKDOWN

NAME FE PH SR V PB HB
Danell Leyva X X X X
John Orozco X X X X X
Jonathan Horton X X
Jake Dalton X X X
Sam Mikulak X X X X

So I was right in that the US Mens Team would choose to give John Orozco a breather… at the beginning. That I didn’t expect… in the end it is all about how the United States fared in the Team Final… So how did they fare? Well let’s take a look at the scores after the break…

NOTE ON THE FINAL TEAM RESULTS: If you want to find out the team placements go to the bottom of the post after the break…
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July 30, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

London Olympics 2012: US Gymnastics Olympic Team 2012 (Qualification Round)

UPDATE!!!: Posts have been added with the scores and results of the United States Mens Gymnastics Team and the United States Womens Gymnastics Team

After a month of waiting, prepping and practicing the Mens and Womens US Gymnastics Teams took to the floor over the weekend and expected hit the top of the leaderboard in the Team competition.

In the Olympics for the Qualification round, four to five gymnasts are expected to compete on the various apparatus and the four top scores will count towards the final team score. These scores on the various apparatus also determine who will compete in the various individual events.

After the Qualification Round, the scores will be erased and for the team competition, each team will only be able to post up three gymnasts per apparatus and all three scores will count. So as one can see the stakes are rather high.

What I am going to do for both the Mens and Womens Team is compare how the gymnasts fared during the Olympic Trials a month ago and how they fared during the Qualification Round in the Olympics.
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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

The Biggest Loser 11 Week 3 Recap

Hey everybody! Tonight is week 3 of this season’s Biggest Loser. Who are the new trainers? More importantly, does anyone care? Tonight we will find out!

Thank goodness we meet the trainers right at the start of the show. First up is the woman, aka Cara. “I don’t have my own line of DVDs” she says. Early shot at Jillian? She is replacing Jillian after all when Jillian leaves the show next season. Cara is a former competitive boxer and won the Golden Gloves in New York. Nope, still never heard of her. She wants to bring out the “fighter” in each contestant, whatever that means.

The male is a hunky man named Brett, a martial artist who brings a science background to training. Like Jillian, he was overweight as a child, and he knows the contestants must “earn” the changing of their lives.

See, NBC? That wasn’t so bad, was it? Did we really need to wait three weeks to find out who these trainers are?

Now that we have met the trainers, we are getting to know some of the teams on the Unknowns. This week the spotlight is on Q of the Red Team, who has lost just 17 pounds in two weeks, much to the chagrin of the Yellow Team. They call him out in a team meeting. Noo why are they jerks this year?? I was hoping those two would be my favorites. But I think pressuring him in front of all the other teams is a bit much. And shouldn’t they be focused on their own weight loss? Especially this early on when there is no Black or Blue team? And now Justin calls out Austin from the Brown Team?? Okay they are DEFINITELY this year’s villains. Austin to his credit agrees that his numbers were not up to par. His Brown Team is probably one of my favorites at the moment, along with Aqua and Grey.

An early challenge this week, where Team Billian is joined by the Unknowns, who come in mysterious black vans. Still a black divider separates the groups, so neither can see the other. But wait! The mystery may soon be over! One player from each team will win a dinner with Curtis Stone in the challenge, so these two players will each travel over to the “dark side” and see one of their competitors. Anyway to get Curtis Stone on the screen is fine with me! Those two winners will then compete for a 2 pound advantage in the weigh in. If the Unknown player wins, he/she will be able to hold onto the advantage until he/she returns to campus.

Marci from Aqua says how much she needs this, because she is the lightest player on Team Billian, so I’m guessing she may win. The producers always show an interview with the eventual winner of the challenge right before the challenge starts. Usually said contestant also talks about how much he/she wants to or needs to win.
The challenge is to balance an egg on an upside-down frying pan. What does that have to do with losing weight? Other than the fact that eggs are healthy? I guess they are running out of challenge ideas.

Just when I start hating the Yellow Team, however, they decide, along with the rest of the Unknowns, to throw the challenge so that one of the Unknowns who needs the advantage will get it. I still think Rulon and Justin are going to be gameplayers once their immunity wears off, though.

Indeed a few seconds into the challenge, every Unknown tosses their egg in the air so that it lands right where Team Billian stands. That seemed a bit harsh. The only Unknown left is Deni, who her teammates felt best deserved the advantage because she worked hard. She could use it too as one of the lighter players on the team. I’m starting to like Team Pink as well, and clearly I am not alone.

Eggs soon start falling on the Unknown Side too. But only Irene throws her egg onto the side where the Unknowns are. Team Billian does seem much more likeable, at least for the moment. Anyway like I thought Marci wins, and she hopes to get an advantage so her daughter can stay another week.

There’s a Biggest Loser Coach Network now? Wow this show comes up with more ways each week to take money from people.

Oh look it’s Dr. H again! As if we didn’t get enough of him last week! This week he is talking with the Unknowns. Q finds out his biological age is 51, almost twice his current age of 27. And we get our first cry of the night, as Q talks about how he has to change for his son. Well he should start by losing more than 17 pounds in two weeks…

Yellow is up next, which means more Rulon Olympic shots! He admits he felt his body could handle everything because he survived multiple vehicle wrecks. Justin finds out his inner age is 59, which isn’t that bad considering he is actually 39. Still this makes Justin break down and realize he needs help as much as his partner does.

Ken admits to Dr. H that eight members of his family have had bypass, yet most are still fat or have passed away. Austin meanwhile is following the family tradition and is actually in worse shape than his father. Austin’s biological age is 44, more than twice his actual age. Now both father and son start to cry, and Ken says he doesn’t want his son to go through what he did. Awww.

Sarah from the Pink Team finds out she has the highest body fat of all this year’s contestants. Wow she has more than Rulon or Arthur, that’s pretty impressive. She is 58 percent fat, which may explain why she keeps losing babies. We find out she was in a car accident years ago and had to stay in bed for a while, which caused her muscles to weaken. She then used this as an excuse to stop exercising. He tells her she will have to work out 90 minutes a day six days a week in order to stay thin, but she says that it is worth it to look and feel good. I beg to differ.

Moses of Grey Team is at high risk for a stroke or diabetes, and Dr. H does not beat around the bush telling him this. Both Moses’ uncles died early deaths, and he doesn’t want his family to go through that. He has the misfortune of getting the “death date estimate”, which says he will die in 2025. Well at least he has a good 14 more years to live! Moses promises he will have a party that day because he will still be alive.

Brett and Cara get their own montage now that we know who they are! They teach the Unknowns wrestling and boxing, and Q says how he has a lot to prove. I bet he’ll lose 20 pounds or some ridiculous number to shut the Yellow Team up. We see lots of sweating, though not much puking. I guess the contestants are in good enough shape now that they don’t throw up every time they work out anymore.

Brett is focused on Sarah, she of the 58% body fat, and Austin, who apparently loses focus in the workouts. The trainers don’t seem to yell as much as Bob and Jillian do; they seem more supportive of the contestants while kicking their behinds in the gym. Austin too wants to push himself and get a better number this week, and because of all the focus on him he will probably get it.

And now Bob is in a commercial for TurboTax?? That’s kind of random…

Jillian is back in the gym where she belongs, and she is taking Dan and Don for a hike while Bob works with the others. Jennifer has been fat since she was five, and I’m not sure if the focus on her is a good omen or a bad omen for her.

Now that it is week 3 Bob has decided it’s time to find out why these contestants got so fat to start with. First up to relive old emotional wounds are the Purple Team. Hannah was a former athlete who wanted to be in the Olympics, but an accident derailed those dreams and caused her to give up on her body. It must stink then for her to be on a season with Rulon, who then must open up all these old wounds even further. Hannah felt sports was the only thing she was good at, and she felt like her dad was now disappointed in her because she could no longer play sports like he wanted her to. Bob says she must now find a new dream. Well that’s obvious, and it’s easier said than done.

Meanwhile Jillian thinks Dan and Don are not fully engaged in the process, and they admit they are homesick and that the show is more difficult than they thought. Dan talks about the loss of his son, and how he feels his son’s death is the great failure of his life. He remembers every day when he wakes up, and he doesn’t want to burden others with his pain. Jillian though tells him that to heal he must share his pain. Those two really are likable, but I fear they may not last too long so I won’t get too attached, at least not yet.

And now we get the conclusion of the pop challenge, which truthfully I had almost forgotten about. Marci and Deni arrive in Curtis Stone’s kitchen, and he cooks them a healthy lunch. The winner of the challenge must estimate the number of calories in the dish. The dish is starts with a salad with lots of vegetables, including squash. I’m not sure how that is supposed to be “delicious”, but maybe that’s just me. Even the dressing sounds disgusting! Stone says that the amount of calories we burn while eating lettuce is equivalent to the amount of calories in the lettuce itself. Hmmm maybe I should eat more lettuce then- or I would if it tasted better. Next up is halibut and some rice-looking thing that I don’t know how to spell. Whenever I see halibut I think of Hell’s Kitchen, so hopefully Gordon Ramsey won’t show up to yell at Curtis for overcooking the fish.

Ooh and there is dessert coming too! I have a bad feeling it will include fruit though. And indeed it includes pear, apple cider, and yogurt. Why doesn’t he ever make healthy dishes that include chocolate?

Marci has been having trouble counting the calories in her head, which probably means she will win. I’m hopeful that she wins, because she needs it more anyway since she doesn’t have immunity. She guesses 480, which seems a bit low to me. Deni then guesses 440, which also seems low obviously. The answer is 572, so indeed Marci wins. Wow that was a low-calorie meal- too bad I wouldn’t eat half the food in it!

After the break we get the “real” challenge, and this time basins are involved. Ali tells them that they worked together in the challenge last week. Well that only applies to Team Billian if you take the term “worked together” loosely. Anyway this week’s challenge is pumping water into a kewdrum?, roll it over half a mile, and put it into another team’s barrel. It’s one of those popularity contest challenges, which I’ve never been a big fan of. It just brings out unnecessary gamesmanship among the teams. The winner gets the only vote at the elimination, so we will really get to see the true motives of the winning team in the end.

The teams make their way up the hill, and Orange and Aqua arrive first and put water into Blue’s bucket. The other teams do the same, and eliminate Blue before they even get up the hill. It sounds like this was somewhat of a sympathy elimination so that Arthur would not have to struggle through the challenge for that long. Arthur to his credit then says he didn’t want to in anyway, as it would have put too much pressure on his team. I like these early stages when the teams are all nice to each other, but inevitable the claws will come out in a few weeks when it goes to Black vs. Blue.

The remaining teams unite together to leave Irene as the last one standing, as they figured she would make a good decision since she had faced elimination before. That makes sense I guess, and it is nice that they all agreed at the start who would win so that there would not be any real animosity in the end about one team targeting another.

Jillian gets a standing ovation when she enters the Biggest Loser house after the challenge, but didn’t they all just see her at the workout they showed earlier in the episode?? Editing fail. Anyway Irene says she knows who wants to go home on each team, so there won’t be much deliberation before the elimination anyway. But then Dan? admits that he is prepared to go home, and Arthur adds that Dan doesn’t want others to go home who want to stay more than Dan does. I do think it is nice that he wants to sacrifice himself for the others who want to be there more, yet Bob and Jillian criticize him for this, saying that he needs to worry about himself too. I’d rather him want to sacrifice himself than insist on staying when he knows he doesn’t want to be there. I guess this is the one show where it is okay to be selfish…

By the way Jillian’s voice is really raspy, which is good news for the contestants. Less yelling this week!

Last chance workout time! And still no puking! With all the focus on the Black Team they will probably do really well or really badly this week. Apparently Irene does not get immunity with her challenge win, so she still may be in danger after her large weight loss last week. Jay from Green Team wants to lose 15 pounds and get below 350, so of course he will or it wouldn’t have been mentioned. Courtney says that she likes having the 2-pound advantage ,but she still wants to work just as hard because she’s there to lose weight. She really is the model contestant and actually has the weight to lose where she could possibly win. Purple says they are not nervous about the weigh-in, which is usually the kiss of death. Oh well I don’t like them much anyway. Arthur apparently has not been in the gym all week because of an injury, so he hopes this last chance workout will make up for it. Is this a precursor to a bad week for Arthur? And hey we do get some vomit from Arthur right at the end! Just when I thought we would go through a whole episode without it…

First up at the weigh-in we find out about the Unknowns. Austin lost 15 pounds (Yay!) and cried a lot. And Q lost 19! Guess he came to play after all.

Ali emphasizes how Irene will determine who goes home, but that’s not really that big a deal, since she knows who each team wants to send home anyway. So really each time is deciding for itself who to send home. Anyway Aqua is up first, and they lose 13 pounds total, and neither of them look too happy. Marci even semi-curses in front of the camera. I guess that two pound advantage will come in handy after all. With the advantage they lost 2.91 percent, which seems like a decent number.

Irene is up next, and this is really key for her, because if she falls below the yellow line she is out. She must lose more than six pounds to be safe, and of course we cut to commercial before we see what happens. Eventually we find out that she lost eight pounds and will thus determine who goes home (though like I said before really the teams decide for themselves). Irene seems like she could be a real force but she doesn’t have that much weight to lose compared to some of the other contestants.

Green Team is next, and since there hasn’t been much focus on them I’m guessing the only real story will be whether Jay gets below 350. Bob likes this high goal, but Jillian fears his expectations may be too high. They must lose more than 17 to be safe, and they do, thanks to a 14 pound loss from Jay (and a not-too-shabby 8 from Jennifer). It’s one pound short of Jay’s goal, but he doesn’t seem too upset by that. They also move into first place.

I’m starting to get worried about Aqua, though I know if they fall below Marci will sacrifice herself for Courtney.

Blue is next, and they are probably safe since there was also little focus on them this week. Arthur wants to be at 446 pounds (a loss of 17 pounds), which would mean a 200 pound loss since he was at his heaviest. Again I’m sure they are only showing this because he reaches this goal. They must lose more than 21 pounds to be safe, and they lose just 13! Wow Arthur only lost 4, which is slightly less than 17. So much for my theory that they only focus on milestones that will be met. Jesse is clearly happy for his 9 pound loss but disappointed for his son. This is another scenario where clearly Jesse will sacrifice himself if they stay below the line, but I hope that is not the case since I like Jesse even though I don’t like Arthur. And yay Aqua is safe! Apparently Arthur has been sick and was on antibiotics, and Dr. H upped his calories (maybe as a result of the illness?). So I guess the two-second line about how he hasn’t been in the gym all week really was a key point of the episode? Bob is upset because he fears Arthur may go home tonight, but he must know Jesse will sacrifice himself, right?

Purple is next up, and I wonder if they may fall below because they had a talk with Bob earlier. Teams who have emotional breakthroughs either do really well or really badly in said episode, and I’m hoping it’s the latter. Hannah says no matter the number this was a great week because of the emotional breakthrough. Though I’m sure it will be a better week if they lose more than 8 pounds and remain safe. And they do, again losing 6 pounds each. Well they are consistent, though those numbers might not hold up as the competition gets more intense.

So it comes down to Black or Blue. So either Jesse or Dan will be going home, unless Irene decides to keep Dan because he mentally needs to stay on the ranch. I’m surprised there is so much time left since the elimination will probably be pretty short. In fact that probably means Black will fall below, because there will be more debate over who should go home from the Black Team, while if the Blue Team falls below it is obvious who will go. Either that or there is some extra twist at the end. They need to lose more than 9 pounds, and they each gain nine pounds!! Wow I wonder if that’s a record! It’s a record for couples I think.. That also explains the extra time at the end- we need more time to process this result!!!

Like I said before, these two won’t last too long, so no need to get attached.

The whole room is in shock. Even Jillian is speechless! Bob immediately states that they gained weight on purpose so that (presumably) Dan could go home. Bob always points to water-loading before I even think of it, and sometimes he points to it at times when I don’t think it occurred. In fact usually I tend to believe contestants AREN’T water-loading unless they admit that they are. I confess I did not think of it before Bob mentioned it, but I admit it is a bit suspicious- Dan clearly wanted to go home, both gained the same amount of weight, and they appeared surprisingly cheerful when the numbers flashed. Don does try to convince the others that they did not gain weight on purpose though, and that makes me think there is a chance that their weight gain was legit.

Meanwhile, Irene does have an interesting decision. It sure would backfire if they lost the weigh-in on purpose on then Don was sent home instead of Dan.

The more the twins defend themselves, the more I think they may be innocent after all.

Again we don’t see any deliberation; just the teams walking to that dark elimination room. Courtney says that she normally would think a weight gain like that would mean a team threw the weigh-in, but she’s conflicted because she saw the twins work hard all week. But that’s the beauty of water-loading! You work hard in the gym, gain water weight temporarily, and then lose double the following week!

Irene says that Dan told her that he can lose weight at home but he can’t be his daughter’s father at home, and she sympathizes with that because her father was never around. So indeed she sends home Dan. Well at least now I can tell which twin is which since there is only one left! His heart clearly wasn’t in it so good for him to sacrifice himself (if indeed that is what he did) rather than let a more deserving player go home. I do wonder if he will be able to lose weight at home though; he hasn’t been able to do it for his entire life.

Dan today has lost 72 pounds, which is okay but he probably could have done a lot better if he had stayed on the ranch. He does say his daughter gives him more drive and that he’s a better, more active father now, so that’s good. He clearly is happier at home with his family, but he is a prime candidate to gain the weight back once the show ends. His daughter is glad he was on the show, though I wonder if she would be happy if she knew he (maybe) quit after two weeks. Even the description at the end of his “today” package is vague (it just says his daughter still inspires him), so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gained back some of the weight before the finale.

So that’s it for tonight’s show. Do you think Dan threw the weigh-in? Are you happy to finally know the identity of the Unknowns? Post your comments below.

January 18, 2011 I Written By