The Biggest Loser 9: O’Neal and SunShine


Relationship: Father/Daughter

Status: Active
Age: 51
Height: 5’11″
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Station Manager, US Postal Service

O’Neal is a very competitive person. His competitive drive no doubt comes from his love of sports. “Big O’Neal” (as he is affectionately known) has been coaching and playing football for over 35 years. Recently his oldest brother had a severe asthma attack and died before his 58th birthday. His brother’s untimely death has served as a wake-up call to O’Neal, and he is committed to becoming healthy and losing the weight for good.

Status: Active
Age: 24
Height: 5’6″
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Restaurant Server

In high school, SunShine competed in both synchronized swimming and competitive swimming. While she has always been bigger, her selfless attitude has made it difficult to take the time necessary to meet her weight-loss goals. SunShine is constantly tempted by food at family gatherings and at work in a restaurant that serves mainly unhealthy dishes. She feels that the decisions she makes at this time in her life, and the patterns she sets up for herself, will determine what her future will look like. Without losing weight, SunShine feels the future is not as bright as it should be.

THE TEAM: O’Neal and SunShine are seeking a chance to focus on themselves and improve their lives. Both are former athletes who understand how to cope with mental and physical stress. Because they are the two largest members of their family, they have a special bond. SunShine, a Daddy’s girl, has always looked to her father to help get through the most difficult moments of her life and he has always been there. Together they are ready for any challenge.

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