Whereas filming FOX’s Particular Forces: World’s Hardest Check final June, three-time Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was surrounded by a number of fellow faces acquainted to sports activities followers. Danny Amendola, Dwight Howard, Carli Lloyd, Nastia Liukin and Mike Piazza have been additionally solid on the present. A World Cup winner, a Tremendous Bowl champ and the most well-liked New York Met of all-time all completing special operations training for the leisure of viewers sitting on their couches a number of months later in air-con. That is smart. What pure benefit does an X Video games athlete have in that surroundings?
“The athletes have a background in sports activities. So we’re used to pushing our our bodies to the bounds. And I believe that that clearly got here into play within the present,” Kenworthy informed Deadspin final week. “However I believe that every contestant was actually pushed to their very own private limits. And so somebody who was 60 years outdated and somebody who was not an athlete would get pushed differently than somebody that was an athlete. So I really feel like all of us acquired pushed as arduous as we might have gotten pushed. I do assume that there most likely was a profit in being athletes. And I additionally assume like for Dwight and Carly and Danny, being part of a group sport I believe most likely helps as nicely as a result of it type of was like a group train and a team-building expertise. And I believe that that they had an excellent basis for that.”
No different athlete on the present in addition to Kenworthy was an action-games athlete. Harnessing your adrenaline is essential in snowboarding and any sports activities you’d see within the X Video games, and Kenworthy didn’t draw back from that in filming the present. He didn’t get to indicate the complete vary of his athleticism throughout his look on MTV’s The Problem: Champs vs. Professionals in 2017 because it was a half-season for charity. FOX’s viewers are getting the complete image.
“I suppose the issues that some folks have been fearful of didn’t actually hassle me, like leaping out of the helicopter and like numerous these issues have been enjoyable to me,” Kenworthy stated. “That’s truly the rationale I signed up for the present, as a result of they have been like ‘Hey, you may need to leap off a transferring boat, leap out of a helicopter. Do that, do this.’ And I used to be like ‘Oh, that sounds enjoyable. I want to do this if anyone requested me to anyway.’ So I believe that these issues perhaps I had a bonus as a result of I’ve accomplished one thing that’s type of daredevil-ish for a very long time. However I don’t know if that truly helps lots with the bodily challenges.”
‘Surprising and thrilling’ end
The season finale Particular Forces: World’s Hardest Check airs Wednesday and whereas Kenworthy was tight-lipped about what’ll transpire because the journey ends, he did share that the ending is “stunning and thrilling.” Regardless of the struggles viewers will see every contestant going by way of, Kenworthy informed Deadspin he’d do one other season of the present if requested partially as a result of he seems to be again upon the expertise fondly.
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“It was kind of a surreal experience. I kind of knew what I was getting myself into, but ultimately, I actually didn’t. It was more difficult and also just different than I anticipated going in. And it wasn’t fun, really,” Kenworthy said. “It was kind of like an exercise in discomfort and just sitting with that discomfort and being in pain a lot of the time. We were always hungry, we’re always hot. You never got to relax because you never knew when you were gonna get called into action basically. It was just like high tension. But I feel like I made friendships and I feel like I learned about myself and ultimately, I’m grateful for the experience. It’s weird watching it back. It’s kind of like reliving the experience. And as with any reality show, a lot of things get sort of mixed up in the edit. So I feel like some things got misconstrued and drama got heightened and tensions got manipulated a little bit. So it’s been interesting to watch it back.”