'The Biggest Loser: Couples' eliminates contestant Courtney Crozier
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/06/2011
The Biggest Loser: Couples eliminated Courtney Crozier, a 22-year-old student and restaurant manager from Valparaiso, IN, during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality weight-loss competition.
Courtney became the fourteenth contestant ousted from the competition's eleventh season after her Red team -- of which she was the only remaining member -- posted the lowest weight-loss percentage at the fourteenth week's weigh-in, resulting in her automatic elimination.
"America, if there is one message that I wanted to send to everyone, it's that you do not need to be on The Biggest Loser to lose weight. All you have to do is believe in yourself, trust the process, and take this journey one day at a time. Don't sit on the couch and watch the show anymore and watch all of us change our lives. Get up and do something for you. You can do it too. You really can. Just believe in you and you will do it," Courtney said following her ouster.
"To be where I am today, I just feel so blessed. I really do."
The Biggest Loser's fourteenth eleventh-season episode began following the elimination of Red team member Jennifer Jacobs, a 28-year-old digital media entrepreneur from Long Branch, NJ, after she posted a lower weight-loss percentage than Courtney -- the only other remaining member of her Red team at the time -- at the thirteenth week's weigh-in.
Courtney realized she really had to pull her on weight throughout the week because if she could not lose enough weight, she knew it would be her time to go home. She admitted it was going to be a challenge, but she also appreciated that new trainer Brett Hoebel would be able to give her his undivided attention and support.
The following day, Courtney, the Green team led by new trainer Cara Castronuova, veteran trainer Jillian Michaels' Black team, and the Blue team guided by veteran trainer Bob Harper met with The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and learned they would be competing in the week's challenge.
Alison explained that each team would be given a flag, and the team to plant it closest to a distance of one mile from their starting point would win the challenge. Along the way, the contestants were told they would come across over 100 little black squares marking the path. The teams were required to plant their flag on the square they considered to be the one-mile marker, and they would have 15 minutes to figure it out.
The Black team -- which consisted of Jay Jacobs, a 53-year-old entrepreneur from West Orange, NJ; Hannah Curlee, a 32-year-old human resources representative from Nashville, TN; and Rulon Gardner, a 39-year-old gym owner and motivational speaker from Logan, UT -- ended up winning the challenge.
The Blue team members -- Hannah's sister Olivia Ward, a 35-year-old opera singer and plastic surgery office manager from New York, NY; Moses Kinikini, a 47-year-old garage door installer from Shelley, ID; and Irene Alvarado, a 26-year-old student from Portland, OR -- came in a close second, as they were only off by four feet.
The Black team then learned they would receive a night out in Hollywood as their prize, while the losing teams would be forced to do their part in "spring cleaning" and clean every inch of the campus including their house and the gym.
That night, the Black team got picked up in a limo and drove to Hollywood to enjoy their night out. They shared dinner and drinks together and discussed their lives and the progress they had made so far in the competition. Meanwhile, all the other contestants worked hard to clean the campus and finish their assigned task.
Afterward, the teams participated in their last chance workouts. Surprisingly, Bob felt his Blue team worked so hard throughout the day in the gym that he treated them to a lunch of burgers, fries and fajitas. However, the catch was that he taught them a lesson about how to lower their caloric intake in a meal that would normally serve as their favorite unhealthy option.
Later on that night, The Biggest Loser: Couples' third four-team weigh-in and fourteenth overall elimination weigh-in commenced.
Alison explained the team with the lowest weight-loss percentage would face elimination and if Courtney lost the weigh-in as the only remaining Red team member, she would automatically be ousted. Alison also noted that Courtney's trainer Brett would have to walk out the door without specifying anything further.
Hannah was the first member of Jillian's Black team to step on the scale. She started off the week weighing 172 pounds and dropped to 168 pounds after she lost four pounds, while Jay started off the week weighing 276 pounds and fell to 270 pounds after he shed six pounds. Rulon dropped from 325 pounds to 318 pounds, losing seven pounds over the week.
The Blue team was the next to step on the scale. Olivia fell from 176 pounds to 174 pounds after she lost only two pounds, while Moses dropped to 286 pounds from 293 pounds after he shed a total of seven pounds. In addition, Irene started off the week weighing 170 pounds and dropped to 164 pounds, losing four pounds.
It was then time for the Green team to weigh-in. Ken Andrews, a 49-year-old pastor from Pasadena, CA, lost four pounds after he fell from 257 pounds to 253 pounds. Moses' daughter Kaylee Kinikini, a 20-year-old student from Shelley, ID, dropped from 169 pounds to 168 pounds after she only lost one pound.
Ken's son Austin Andrews, a 21-year-old radio board operator from Pasadena, CA, was the last member of the Green team to weigh in. He shed only two pounds after he started off the week weighing 265 pounds and fell to 263 pounds.
The Red team was the last team to weigh-in, and Courtney had her own fate in her hands. It came as a shock to everyone present at the weigh-in when they learned Courtney had only lost one pound over the course of the week, and therefore, would be ousted immediately. She dropped from 232 pounds to 231 pounds.
Hannah, Olivia and Irene lamented about how much Courtney had changed their lives and how they made such an amazing friend, while Courtney in return, wished them luck and persuaded the women to continue on with their journey because she believed they would be more than capable to achieve their desired weight-loss goals. Bob and Jillian were distraught over the weigh-in's outcome, as well as Cara, but Cara was even more heartbroken by the news that was yet to come.
Alison then told all the contestants and trainers that Brett would also be done in the competition, as he had no Red team members left to train. Brett then also said his goodbyes and was sent home.
Courtney was automatically eliminated and went home 24 hours later to be greeted and welcomed home by her mom and former The Biggest Loser: Couples contestant Marci Crozier, a 49-year-old health club manager and restaurant owner from Valparaiso, IN, family and friends.
In a post-elimination update, viewers learned that Courtney -- who started off The Biggest Loser: Couples weighing 323 pounds and left the ranch weighing 231 pounds -- currently weighs 210 pounds.
Courtney said she wanted to put more healthier options on the menu for Dairy Queen, which is the ice cream parlor and restaurant her family manages. She explained how she stopped finding every single day to be a chore and began really living her life with health and happiness. She also intends to run a marathon later this year.