‘The Titan Games’: Hannah Teter on The Rock Recruiting Her for Season 2

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Extreme sports competition The Titan Games has upped the ante with its fun Season 2 twist: After a pair of super-fit contestants go head-to-head in a series of brutal physical tests, the victor must run the obstacle course known as Mount Olympus against a professional athlete to claim the Titan title.

In the July 13 episode, kicking off the East division, that pro is Olympic gold-medal snowboarder Hannah Teter, who admits she was “intimidated” when exec producer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came calling.

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“I’d seen the show and it’s on another level. The girls are buff, huge mega-monsters. I thought, ‘Can I even handle this?'” she says. “It was crunch time.”

Her legs were in shape from snowboarding, so she focused on building upper-body strength (the 200-lb. ball-and-chain won’t drag itself!) and ran sprints up mountains while visualizing speeding through a course.

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At the Titan Arena, “It was harder [than the Olympics], because you get dropped in with no practice,” says Teter, marveling at the number of bruises she earned. “I didn’t want to let a legend like The Rock down. To have someone so high caliber pick you, you feel some responsibility to kick ass.”

The Titan Games, Mondays, 8/7c, NBC