In quite possibly the most unique season of “The Biggest Loser” ever, 35-year-old opera singer, Olivia Ward, took the title and this season’s $250,000 prize.
The New York City resident lost 129 pounds from her starting weight of 261 to knock out both her sister, Hannah Curlee, and the third place finalist, Irene Alvarado, for the win. She was a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning of the competition. And her desire to elevate her career from being typecast in the opera world drove her.
Her sister, 32-year-old human resources rep, Hannah, came in second place with a total weight loss of 120 pounds from her starting weight of 248 pounds. The Nashville gal had once been an athlete on her way to a pro career when a devastating car accident ended her sports career with a serious back injury.
We’re not surprised that the two sisters placed first and second as they proved to be tough competitors individually, yet they were even more competitive (and inspiring) together.
Portland native Irene came in third with a 116-pound weight loss from her starting weight of 255. For most of the season, she flew under the radar, but opened up toward the second half of the season to prove she was definite competition. Coming into the finale, she was the last “Biggest Loser” on campus and chose the order of the final weigh-ins.
It was a tight race to the finish for the at-home prize. In the end 59-year-old administrative assistant from Bountiful, Utah, Denise “Deni” Hill, edged out the much younger Austin Andrews, 21, for the win.
As we mentioned above, this season may go down as the most unique season of the series. Not only did two sisters and three women make it to the finals for the first time ever, but two more trainers were introduced in an unexpected twist. Trainer Jillian Michaels announced this would be her last season and tennis pro Anna Kournikova was officially announced the new trainer during the live finale.
Congrats Olivia and Deni! Are you pleased with Season 11’s winners?