Olympic champions join ‘Biggest Loser’ cast

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Olympic champions tennis player Zina Garrison and softball player Lori Harrigan-Mack joined the cast of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” for its 16th season beginning Sept. 11.

Also on the cast for a season billed as “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” are retired NFL center Damien Woody and quarterback Scott Mitchell.

Garrison, 50, won gold in doubles and bronze in singles at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, then made the Wimbledon final in 1990. She weighed 263 pounds to start the show’s season.

Harrigan-Mack, 43, won gold in the first three Olympic softball tournaments for the U.S. from 1996 through 2004. She began the season weighing 301 pounds.

“After I retired in 2004, I met my husband, got married, we had a beautiful boy and after that I suffered eight miscarriages,” Harrigan-Mack said, according to People. “So after that I think I kind of went into, obviously, a depression and I just didn’t deal with it at all.”

Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold and 2000 Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion Rulon Gardner were on previous seasons of “The Biggest Loser.”

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