What a rollercoaster tonight’s episode was! From thinking that I was going home in the emotional shootout, to winning the whole thing and earning a total of $150,000 for the USO!!! I’m still in disbelief! It just goes to show what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself, and don’t count yourself out too early. I went into this competition knowing I wasn’t the strongest, the fastest, or the most experienced, but I believed in my ability to learn quickly, and follow the lead of my operative, Grady…. Ok… I’ve just got to say it… A WOMAN WON STARS EARN STRIPES! Woooohoooooo. And Grady won a sweet F-150 Ford Truck! He better let me go for a ride in it some day!
Thanks to everyone who supported me and Grady Powell “Team Long Hair Don’t Care”! It was an amazing experience, and one that I will never forget. This competition exposed me that much more to the bravery and skill of the people protecting our country, both domestically and abroad. While I am proud of my success in this competition, I know that it doesn’t come close to comparing to the accomplishments of our nation’s real heroes. My appreciation for our troops is unwavering, and I hope that through Stars Earn Stripes, every one of you got a glimpse of what our law enforcement, and service men & women truly stand for. Regardless of your opinions on the war, I hope we can all agree that our troops make incredible sacrifices for our country’s wellbeing. Next time you see a uniformed military/law-enforcement, or meet one of our country’s veterans, remember to thank them for their service. I am sure they would appreciate the gesture.
To find out more about my charity, the USO, visit http://www.uso.org/
Be sure to check out the rest of the “behind the scenes” photos of Stars Earn Stripes!!
We practice while everyone else chills!
The vessel where the final mission took place
The final three… Dean, Picabo, and Me!
This is what we call a game face
Me and Grady before the mission
The last pep talk before we go on our final mission
After the mission – all smiles with our performance!
This is what it’s all about!
This is Team Torres, special thanks to the great hair and makeup team Collette Slattery and Kristina Duff!
Way to ruin a moment… Grady is a hair sniffer.