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NEW ZEALAND — Bode Miller, five-time Olympian, likely left his six Olympic medals at home to shoot the new season of Special Forces. Appearing alongside him, U.S. Speed skating Olympian Erin Jackson likewise likely left the medal she won in one of her two Olympic Games behind for her side gig.
For what’s called the “world’s toughest test,” in snow capped mountains of New Zealand, the cast experiences the harsh reality of winter warfare training in this reality television series for which there is no prize money.
Watch the trailer below and see Miller battle tears as he talks about the tragic drowning death of his young daughter.
Among the 14 cast members this second season, comprising singers, reality stars from other TV shows, online influencers, TV personalities and stars from scripted TV shows from the past decades, are a handful of professional athletes from the NFL and the NBA.
FOX describes the show on its website: “Selection for the Special Forces is a test unlike any other. Celebrities from all genres take on — and try to survive — demanding training exercises led by directing staff agents, an elite team of ex-Special Forces operatives. In this unique series, the only way for these recruits to leave is to give up on their own accord, through failure or potential injury, or by force from the agents. Viewers see the recruits face the harshest of environments that simulate the highly classified selection process, pushing themselves in the ultimate test of their physical, mental and emotional resilience and revealing the celebrities’ deepest and truest character.”
Last season, in the series debut, three-time freestyle slopestyle skier Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who has an Olympic silver medal from the Sochi 2014 Games, participated.
Special Forces airs on FOX, Mondays at 8 p.m. (MST)