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Utahn on 'The Biggest Loser' meets baby son

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013 4:20 p.m. MST

On "The Biggest Loser: Second Chances" on Tuesday, the Blue Team's reward for winning the challenge was getting a visit from a loved one. Utahn Hap Holmstead got to meet his newborn son and see his wife.

Trae Patton, NBC

Utahn Hap Holmstead got to hold his baby son for the first time when his Blue Team won a challenge on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Second Chances,” but his team lost the weigh-in, sending a team member home.

When the 26-year-old Pleasant Grove, Utah, resident came on “The Biggest Loser,” his wife was 8½ months pregnant with their third child. He got to see his son via video chat during the second episode, which aired Oct. 22.

This week’s challenge was filling trucks with boxes of food donated by the Biggest Loser resorts for Thanksgiving dinner, and the members of the winning team each got a visit from a family member.

There were 40 boxes for each team member. Some were 15 pounds and others 30 pounds.

All three teams were just about even as they picked up boxes of turkey, yams, green beans and cranberries and raced to put them in the trucks to benefit people in Moore, Okla., where a tornado ripped through earlier this year, leveling homes.

The Blue Team put the heavier boxes in first.

“The strategy is that if you get the heavy stuff first, you can sprint really quickly doing the small stuff at the end,” said Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold of Columbus, Ohio.

And the strategy paid off.

Each of the five team members got a visit from family members.

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays,” Holmstead said. “I am so thrilled to see them. I sends chills through my body.”

And then as a surprise, his young daughters were there, too.

“My daughters are super active, so for me to be able to play with them and run around with them is going to be a big change in my life,” Holmstead said. “That’s the best thing about this second chance is that it’s going to give me a better life with my kids, and that’s all I really want.”

Holmstead played baseball for American Fork High School and has since competed in powerlifting. Holmstead, of the Garden LDS 5th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Garden Stake, also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio.

Mangold’s mother visited along with 28-year-old Bobby Saleem’s parents and 38-year-old Matt Hooper’s fiancée. Hooper postponed his wedding to come to the Biggest Loser Ranch.

At the weigh-in, the Red Team won and the Blue Team narrowly lost, sending a team member home.

Holmstead started at 403 pounds and was at 340 pounds going into the weigh-in. He lost 6 pounds, or 1.76 percent this week.

“Him having a 6 is pretty baffling to me,” trainer Bob Harper said.

Mangold lost three pounds, or 1.03 percent, and fell below the red line on her team. She started at 351 pounds and her ending weight was 288.

She was eliminated Tuesday night.

But the eliminations weren’t over as the show teased to another elimination at the beginning of next week’s episode.

“It’s going to be a brutal week,” trainer Jillian Michaels said.

The winner of “The Biggest Loser” gets a $250,000 prize and eliminated contestants are also in a competition for an at-home weight loss prize.

“The Biggest Loser: Second Chances” airs Tuesday evenings on NBC.

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