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    ‘Biggest Loser’ Season 9

    See the amazing transformations and pounds shed by season 9 contestants, which included five players who started the show at over 400 pounds.

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    Ashley Johnston -

    Age: 27
    Starting weight: 374
    Current weight: 191
    Lost: 183 pounds, 48.93%

    The heaviest woman on the show this season, Ashley, a 27-year-old esthetician from Knoxville, Tenn., dropped more weight on campus than any woman in "Biggest Loser" history. Though she fell off the treadmill the first day, she recovered to become this season’s fierce “pink ninja.”

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    Sherry Johnston -

    Age: 51
    Starting weight: 218
    Current weight: 119
    Lost: 99 pounds, 45.41%

    A widow at age 51, Sherry of Knoxville, Tenn., had written off finding happiness again. She came on the show to start the next chapter of her life.

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    Cherita Andrews -

    Age: 50
    Starting weight: 277
    Current weight: 186
    Lost: 91 pounds, 32.85%

    Though this 50-year-old homemaker from Houston, Texas., only lasted in the competition for two weeks, she never quit. She accomplished her entire weight loss at home. "I'm fighting for my life," she says.

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    Victoria Andrews -

    Age: 22
    Starting weight: 358
    Current weight: 222
    Lost: 136 pounds, 37.99%

    Vicki, a 22-year-old student, came on the show to become the person she always wanted to be and to make her partner, her mom, proud.

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    Cheryl George -

    Age: 50
    Starting weight: 227
    Current weight: 151
    Lost: 76 pounds, 33.48%

    After raising a family, Cheryl, a 50-year-old shop owner from Ardmore, Okla., wanted to do something to empower herself.

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    Daris George -

    Age: 25
    Starting weight: 346
    Current weight: 178
    Lost: 168 pounds, 48.55%

    Before he came on the "Biggest Loser," Daris, 25-year-old salesman from Ardmore, Okla., had never had a girlfriend and never been kissed. “I know I want a wife and a family one day,” he says. “I need to jumpstart my life.” Though he struggled with stress, Daris set a record by running the "Biggest Loser" marathon in slightly more than 4 hours. And, yes, he now has a girlfriend too.

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    Darrell Hough -

    Age: 51
    Starting weight: 413
    Current weight: 224
    Lost: 189 pounds, 45.76%

    He wasn’t the largest man on the "Biggest Loser" campus, but Darrell, a press operator from Ann Arbor, Mich., was told that he was the sickest man with the most health problems. “I just sat back and let things happen for too long.” After losing an astounding 189 pounds, his health is better than it’s been in years.

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    Drea Hough -

    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 298
    Current weight: 214
    Lost: 84 pounds, 28.19%

    Drea had difficulty forming close relationships because her weight made her afraid to touch other people. “But that changed on the ranch,” says the 24-year-old executive assistant.

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    James Crutchfield -

    Age: 30
    Starting weight: 485
    Current weight: 357
    Lost: 128 pounds, 26.39%

    James, half of this season’s identical twins, says he came to "The Biggest Loser" because his only other alternative was surgery. Though he was hurt by injuries and restricted to the pool, he never gave up.

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    John Crutchfield -

    Age: 30
    Starting weight: 484
    Current weight: 335
    Lost: 149 pounds, 30.78%

    John, who lives with his wife and children in Orlando, Florida, came on the show to stop the cycle of tragedy and premature death that has affected his family for years.

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    Sam Poueu -

    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 372
    Current weight: 230
    Lost: 142 pounds, 38.17%

    Sam, a former bar bouncer from California, says that getting fit and finding love on the "Biggest Loser" with fellow contestant Stephanie Anderson was “the greatest thing I have ever done in my life — hands down!”

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    Koli Palu -

    Age: 29
    Starting weight: 403
    Current weight: 188
    Lost: 215 pounds, 53.35%

    Final four contestant Koli was eliminated by popular vote from the competition to become this season’s "Biggest Loser," but his impressive 215 pound weight loss won him the at home prize of $100,000. He came on the show in hopes of becoming an inspiration to the American Samoan community and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

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    Lance Morgan -

    Age: 38
    Starting weight: 365
    Current weight: 237
    Lost: 128 pounds, 35.07%

    Lance, a commercial diver from Texas, was unable to find work because his obesity put him over the safety limits. He went on the show to reclaim his career and revive his marriage with Melissa.

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    Melissa Morgan -

    Age: 39
    Starting weight: 233
    Current weight: 143
    Lost: 90 pounds, 38.63%

    Strong-willed Melissa, a lawyer from Texas, says she came on the show to become a better role model for her children. “This was never about the money,” she says. “It was about changing our lives.”

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    Maria Ventrella -

    Age: 51
    Starting weight: 281
    Current weight: 167
    Lost: 114 pounds, 40.57%

    On the Biggest Loser campus, Maria, a mom from Chicago, Ill., not only conquered her weight problem, but she also overcame her fear of water.

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    Migdalia Cancel -

    Age: 28
    Starting weight: 265
    Current weight: 213
    Lost: 52 pounds, 19.62%

    This military wife from Sanford, N.C., suffered from homesickness but in the end refused to give up her dream of living a better, more active life.

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    Miggy Sebren -

    Age: 48
    Starting weight: 240
    Current weight: 149
    Lost: 91 pounds, 37.9%

    Miggy, a chef from New Jersey, was one of the season’s fiercest competitors. Days after receiving an emergency appendectomy she was back on campus training for the week’s weigh in.

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    Patti Anderson -

    Age: 55
    Starting weight: 243
    Current weight: 170
    Lost: 73 pounds, 30.04%

    Patti, a California business owner, lost her father at age 55. Now at the same age herself, she came to the "Biggest Loser" to avoid suffering the same fate.

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    Stephanie Anderson -

    Age: 29
    Starting weight: 264
    Current weight: 165
    Lost: 99 pounds, 37.5%

    “I came to the ranch with my mom to get healthy and to start our new life,” says Stephanie, 29. “And I fell in love with Sam.” She and fellow contestant Sam Poueu have moved in together in West Hollywood, Calif.

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    Sunshine Hampton -

    Age: 24
    Starting weight: 275
    Current weight: 161
    Lost: 114 pounds, 41.45%

    As the only two overweight people in their family, Sunshine formed an extra close bond with her father O’Neal, but was afraid to stand on her own. Her journey on the "Biggest Loser" made her much more independent. “I’m a woman now,” she says.

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    O'Neal Hampton Jr. -

    Age: 51
    Starting weight: 389
    Current weight: 230
    Lost: 159 pounds, 40.87%

    O’Neal, a postal worker from Minneapolis, Minn., was everyone’s favorite father figure on the ranch. Though he struggled with injuries, his fighting spirit helped him succeed in his weight loss journey. “It’s a brand new me,” he says today.

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    WINNER: Mike Ventrella -

    Age: 30
    Starting weight: 526
    Current weight: 262
    Lost: 264 pounds, 50.19%

    This season’s "Biggest Loser," Michael came on the show as the heaviest contestant in the show’s nine season history. The 30-year-old DJ from Chicago, Ill., shattered a number of records on the show. “I had to save my life,” he says. “Now I know that the sky is the limit.”

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    Season 9 contestants -

    The ninth season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Couples” was the show's biggest season yet. Among the 22 contestants, five of them started the show at over 400 pounds. And even though only one took the title, everyone ended the season a winner and with a new chance at life.

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