Justin Pope's final act as a team leader was to sacrifice himself.
Pope, from Logan, was eliminated from NBC's "The Biggest Loser: Couples" on Tuesday after his three-member red team finished last in the weigh-in challenge. He asked to be voted off to save teammate Courtney Crozier from elimination.
"When it came to Courtney, I felt like she had to be there. That was her place for what she needed to do," Pope said in a conference call Wednesday. "I hope Courtney got left in good hands and she is doing well."
All but one person voted for Pope's elimination. The one dissenting vote came from Olympic gold medal wrestler Rulon Gardner -- Pope's friend and business partner. Together, the duo started the Rulon Gardner Elite Training Center in Logan.
"Two years ago, I asked him to believe in me and to believe in my dreams, and nobody in this world would believe in me as much as he did," Gardner said in Tuesday's episode, explaining why he couldn't vote to eliminate his friend.
Pope entered the show with an initial weigh-in of 365 pounds and quickly became his team's unofficial leader. NBC aired an update that he is now at 225 pounds. He still has a chance to win $100,000, given to the eliminated contestant who loses the most weight by the May 24 finale. Bountiful resident Deni Hill, who was eliminated last month, is also still in the running for that prize.
Pope said that working out and eating right come easy to him now. The hard part after leaving the show has been reacquainting himself with his family.
"You have been away, you have changed and they have been home and they haven't changed," Pope said. "I think my family kind of mourned the person I used to be, in a sense. On one hand, they're proud of my accomplishment, what I have done. But they have to get to know a new and different person. I need to start dating my wife again and falling in love all over again."
Gardner remains in the competition. He weighed in on Tuesday's episode at 335 pounds, for a total weight loss of 144 pounds.