'Biggest Loser' O'Neal Hampton Jr. still fighting

3:09 PM, Apr 28, 2010   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- The name of the show gives a nod to the point: the biggest loser of weight will in the end be the winner.

52-year-old O'Neal Hampton Jr. of Richfield has always said on the show he has the will to lose to win.

He began at 389 pounds, a size 62 waist.  By the time The Biggest Loser aired Tuesday he had lost almost 120 pounds on the show.

His teammate and daughter SunShine signed them up for the show and being father who would rather die than disappoint his baby girl, he vowed to win it for her.  But on the first episode of this season's Biggest Loser, he was cut.

O'Neal left the show and came to Lifetime Fitness in Eagan, hired trainer Tiffany Hoikka and in one month lost 51 pounds.

The show took O'Neal back.  Again, he let the pain of his chronic knee injuries take a back seat.

He has no cartilage left in either knee and has to have medical procedures done twice a day to be able to go back and compete on Loser.  His knees are so bad he cannot run or cycle.  But can't, well, he's not into that.

"Nothing, nothing no pain in my body. I will not let pain stop me, I won't," O'Neal said Tuesday.

And even though Tuesday night he was cast off the show, he's still going to win.  Because never again will he lose, not even when he just did.

"Even though the show is over, my journey is not. I will stay healthy."

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