The Biggest Loser: Season 16 Contestants Announced — They’re All Former Athletes
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The Biggest Loser: Season 16 Contestants Announced — They’re All Former Athletes

20 former athletes will fight to get back to their fighting weight, so to speak, in The Biggest Loser Season 16 — aka The Biggest Loser: Glory Days — including NFL pros and Olympians.

After last season's drama and Jillian Michael's exit, the show is coming back on Thursday, September 11, with two new trainers: Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom.

Another new feature of this season is "Comeback Canyon," where eliminated contestants will train with Bob Harper for a chance to return to the show. (Think Top Chef's Last Chance Kitchen.)

Per NBC's press release, here's the full lineup of this season's hopefuls:

  • Jordan Alicandro (former high school baseball standout; currently regional sales manager), 32, Surrey, British Columbia

  • Rondalee Beardslee (former high school basketball, football and softball player; currently nursing student), 28, New Lothrop, Michigan

  • Blake Benge (former high school soccer and track standout; currently student), 18, San Clemente, California

  • Howard “Woody” Carter (former Arena League football player; currently car salesman), 46, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Toma Dobrosavljevic (former high school soccer, football, volleyball, and baseball player; currently senior project manager), 33, Addison, Illinois

  • Zina Garrison (gold medal-winning tennis player; currently professional tennis coach), 50, Hyattsville, Maryland

  • Rob Guiry (former rugby player; currently Head Rugby Coach, 26, Western New England University), Springfield, Massachusetts

  • Gina Haddon (former cheerleader; currently make-up artist/photographer), 41, Rowlett, Texas

  • Lori Harrigan-Mack (three-time Olympic gold medal winning softball player; currently director of security for a Las Vegas hotel), 44, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Vanessa Hayden (former WNBA basketball player; currently a child welfare specialist), 32, Orlando, Florida

  • Sonya Jones (former All American softball player; currently PE teacher/coach), 39, Springfield, Illinois

  • Chandra Maple (former high school softball, basketball standout; currently optometric technician), 26, Dodge City, Kansas

  • Matthew Miller (former high school football standout; currently business entrepreneur), 31, Grove, Oklahoma

  • Scott Mitchell (12-year NFL veteran quarterback; currently bill collector), 46, Mapleton, Utah

  • Emmy Lou Munoz (former high school softball, volleyball and track and field standout; currently teacher), 32, Woodson, Texas

  • Mike Murburg (former Princeton University football player and wrestler; currently an attorney representing the disabled), 58, Darby, Florida

  • John “JJ” O’Malley (former Arizona State University football player; currently bouncer), 22, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Jackie Pierson (former high school basketball MVP; currently clinical care coordinator), 36, Pacifica, California

  • Andrea Wilamowski (former high school cheerleader; currently Vice President of Operations, Detroit Pride Cheerleaders), 43, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

  • Damien Woody (two-time Super Bowl champion; currently an ESPN analyst), 36, Mendham, New Jersey

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

08.6.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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