The Titan Games is here, and it’s definitely not for the weak. The NBC athletic competition and reality TV series presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson premiered with two back-to-back episodes Thursday night.
We saw, among other things, a 50-year-old firefighter grandmother beat someone half her age along with the crowning of the very first Titan in the show’s history. James Jean-Louis, otherwise known as the “Haitian Sensation” on the program, overcame the clearly larger Anthony Fuhrman (245 pounds to Jean Louis’ 220) through the challenges on a mountain-like course with various obstacles designed to test strength and agility known as Mount Olympus. And he had time to spare.
Jean-Louis, a 29-year-old truck driver who was once arrested, is dedicated to being the best role model he can be to his nine-year-old son Semaj. He gets up every day at 4 a.m. to work out, do his delivery routes for Budweiser, and take care of his kid. Semaj was in attendance during taping to cheer on his dad. The father based in North Miami Beach, Florida, faced off against a fellow Floridian in Fuhrman. But even though things looked shaky for a moment, Jean-Louis was ultimately faster and able to scale walls a little more nimbly in the course, modeled after Johnson’s own workouts. The hulking Fuhrman is still undoubtedly great with a giant hammer.
“I have more to prove,” Jean-Louis said in an interview on Titan Games leading up to the competition on Mount Olympus. “This is for me, my son, and everyone who doubted me as well.”
Jean-Louis had the distinction of not just becoming the first Titan, and thereby being slotted in to compete in a future competition on the show, but he also made his son beam uncontrollably.