ABOUT ZINA GARRISON
Hometown: Hyattsville, Maryland
Occupation: Tennis Coach of Taylor Townsend and the Zina Garrison Tennis Academy
Starting Weight: 263 pounds
Current Weight: 226 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 37 pounds
Zina Garrison has been a tennis superstar for most of her life. She grew up the youngest of six siblings in Houston, Texas and started playing tennis at age 10. She won both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior titles and was ranked the world's No. 1 junior player. Garrison went on to become a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion and women's doubles gold medalist and singles bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. After she retired from the court, she was a coach at the 2004 Olympics as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where both Venus and Serena Williams won gold medals. She is currently the coach of Australian Open girls champion Taylor Townsend and, in addition to running her own foundation, works with the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Garrison began gaining weight in her 40s, due to no exercise and consuming too many carbs. She realized a change was needed when her sister died last year after having a stroke and losing her speech. Now 50 years old and 263 pounds, Garrison wants to get rid of her fears and help others with understanding body image and loving themselves enough to get healthy. She looks forward to losing the weight so she can dance and shop for cute jeans and help inspire family members who are also overweight to get healthy. Says Garrision, "I love to see people reach their dreams. Now it is my time again."