American Grit Season 1 Episode 2: Ice Cubed

Scott Fishman
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Week two of  American Grit was — literally — cold as ice.

The reality competition’s host, John Cena, walked the four teams through the next evolution. It was a race on a beach covered with obstacles including scaling an eight-foot-wall and digging through dirt to get through to the other side. From there, they had to retrieve two paddles to get to the other side of an ice cold lake on a boat. The teams then find a trunk with a third paddle. From there it was decision time to either break through a block of ice using a rock to get to a key for the locked box or just take the whole 100-pound thing as cargo on their boat on the way back to the finish line.

Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX
Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

Army ranger Nick weighed the options and decided to have KJoy sit out the event due to a frostbitten foot. Team Noah continued its roll by winning once again. He put Clare, a 20-year veteran on fishing boats, in the captain’s role. It also helped to have lumberjack Mark bang through the ice in quick fashion.

Team Tee went from last to second thanks to making the right choice to go with the key option and having a lighter load to the finish line. This was considered an upset as the evolution was tailored to Navy SEALs, which is Rorke’s specialty. His team ended up last.

Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX
Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

During the competition Maria hurt her ankle, but kept going. Cam believed she might be dramatizing the severity of it in the hopes of not being chosen for the punishing “Circus” by Nick.

Despite her own physical issues, KJoy basically volunteered herself for the team.  Team Tee’s Brooke, the obstacle-course junkie, was picked for her side. We learn about Brooke’s toughness when she tells Cena about losing the use of her hands for two years from an accident with airbags deploying.

Rounding out the group was Rorke’s Haze, who is inspired by her Marine father.

Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX
Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

The first to the platform in the “Circus” gets to sit out two rounds of Ice Cubed. This is a big deal because the next phase involves doing rounds of 10 burpies followed by submerging your body head-to-toe into ice water. I needed a jacket and hot chocolate just watching them freeze their buns off.

Haze ultimately gets the initial advantage by finishing the “Circus” before her two other female opponents.

Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX
Photo: Olugbenro Ogunsemore/FOX

With seven rounds down, you can see the cold take its toll on Brooke. She tried to stay in the race, but ended up fainting and apparently lost consciousness. The “Beast Mode Barbie” didn’t ring out or give up. Her body just couldn’t take any more. If you have to go out, that is the bravest and most bad ass way to do so. A true example of American Grit with respect earned from everyone involved. Tee is now really in trouble with only two left in the game. She is down but not out.

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