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ABC's new reality show 'Expedition Impossible' to feature two LDS contenders

Published: Monday, June 20 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

The trio, dubbed “The Country Boys” by the show's producers, started working out and preparing as much as possible the moment they found out they were going to be on the show. Coughlin and Robinson worked out together, running 6 to 7 miles and hitting the gym daily. Cronin daily ran about 5 miles, on the beach to prepare for the desert, and swam about a mile. All of them agree that their preparation wasn’t nearly enough.

“I wasn’t enjoying myself while I was there (in Morocco),” Robinson said. “It was torturous.”

“I expected it to be physically challenging, not brutal,” Coughlin said.

It sounds like “Expedition Impossible” just might live up to its name.

Coughlin and Cronin didn't hide their membership in the LDS Church.

“Everybody knew we were Mormon, just by the way we carried ourselves,” Cronin said.

“There’s a unique feeling about the church,” Coughlin added, suggesting that that “feeling” around him and his cousin was one of many things that prompted questions from others in campfire discussions and over the course of the competition.

“Jason and I, it wasn’t like we gave the first discussion to people,” he said. They simply refrained from drinking when the others pulled out the alcohol and responded to questions.

“We didn’t have time to bring up much of anything, except just run,” Cronin said.

However, the cousins had the unique opportunity to share things with people they now consider to be friends.

“In other shows, people hate each other. But I felt like I left with some good relationships,” Coughlin said.

Impossible, grueling, torturous or brutal as it may have been, the Country Boys built good relationships, and it was an experience they were all happy to have had.

“I’m glad he called me,” Robinson said about Coughlin putting the team together. “I feel accomplished.” He added that he would even do it again, but only if he could be teamed with Cronin and Coughlin again.

So far, mum’s the word about the details of the competition results. On the night of the first broadcast, Cronin plans to gather family and friends at a local restaurant.

Cronin said his kids are "super excited" about seeing the show. “They want to see what their daddy did.”

Email: hbowler@desnews.com

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