Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet

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The Gauntlet
Gauntlet 281x105.jpg
Presented byJonny Moseley
No. of contestants28
Winners
LocationTelluride, Colorado
Opening theme"It's" by Ill Kidd
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Release
Original networkMTV
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2003 (2003-09-29) –
January 26, 2004 (2004-01-26)
chronology
← Previous
Battle of the Sexes
Next →
The Inferno

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet is the 7th season of the MTV reality game show, The Challenge (at the time known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge). The season is directly subsequent to Battle of the Sexes. The Gauntlet featured 28 castmates competing in missions with an immunity life-saver awarded to the best individual performer. Each team would then select a player from their team to go into the Gauntlet elimination challenge. This challenge was held in Telluride, Colorado. It was hosted by Jonny Moseley.

Filming began in July 2003.[1] A casting special, Real World/Road Rules Corral: A Guide To The Gauntlet was aired on September 22, 2003. The season premiered one week later on September 29, 2003, and concluded on January 26, 2004, with the Reunion special. This is the first edition of the Gauntlet series, with The Gauntlet 2 following in 2005–2006 and The Gauntlet III following in 2008.

Cast[edit]

Host: 1998 Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley

Real World team
Player Original season Finish
Alton Williams The Real World: Las Vegas Runner-Up
Coral Smith The Real World: Back to New York Runner-Up[a]
Mike Mizanin The Real World: Back to New York Runner-Up
Nathan Blackburn The Real World: Seattle Runner-Up
Norman Korpi The Real World: New York Runner-Up
Theo Gantt The Real World: Chicago Episode 14
Irulan Wilson The Real World: Las Vegas Episode 13
Rachel Braband The Real World: Back to New York Episode 10
Trishelle Cannatella The Real World: Las Vegas Episode 9
Elka Walker The Real World: Boston Episode 7
Matt Smith The Real World: New Orleans Episode 6
Tonya Cooley The Real World: Chicago Episode 3
Montana McGlynn The Real World: Boston Episode 2
David Broom The Real World: New Orleans Episode 1
Road Rules team
Player Original season Finish
Adam Larson Road Rules: The Quest Winner
Cara Zavaleta Road Rules: South Pacific Winner
Darrell Taylor Road Rules: Campus Crawl Winner
Dave Giuntoli Road Rules: South Pacific Winner
Rachel Robinson Road Rules: Campus Crawl Winner
Roni Martin Road Rules: Northern Trail Winner
Sarah Greyson Road Rules: Campus Crawl Winner
Theo Vonkurnatowski Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour Winner
Veronica Portillo Road Rules: Semester at Sea Winner
Abram Boise Road Rules: South Pacific Episode 12
Laterrian Wallace Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour Episode 11
Steve Meinke Road Rules: The Quest Episode 8
Tina Barta Road Rules: South Pacific Episode 5
Katie Doyle Road Rules: The Quest Episode 4

Gameplay[edit]

Gauntlet games[edit]

  • Ride 'Em Cowboy: Players have to hold on to a mechanical bull with just one hand. Whoever falls off first loses.
    • Played 3 Times: Katie vs. Montana, Rachel B. vs. Sarah, Cara vs. Theo G.
  • Dead Man's Drop: Players are suspended 10 feet into the air on a pole. They have to hold on to the pole by hanging upside down with their legs.
    • Played 4 Times: David vs. Sarah, Coral vs. Tina, Matt vs. Sarah, Irulan vs. Sarah
  • Hangman: Similar to Dead Man's Drop, players are still suspended 10 feet into the air, only they hang on the pole with their hands and are positioned right side up.
    • Played 1 Time: Katie vs. Rachel B.
  • Perfect Fit: Players first must jump into a pool and pick up their respective puzzle pieces (which are scattered about the pool). The first player to solve the puzzle wins.
    • Played 3 Times: Steve vs. Tonya, Steve vs. Trishelle, Sarah vs. Trishelle
  • Knock Your Block Off: Players joust on a beam right above a pool. Whoever gets knocked off first loses.
    • Played 2 Times: Cara vs. Elka, Abram vs. Mike
  • Pole Climb: Players climb a 10-foot pole. Whoever gets to the top first pulls a lever that drops the opponent's pole into the pool.
    • Played 1 Time: Alton vs. Laterrian

Game summary[edit]

Episode Winners Freshlook Eyesaver Gauntlet contestants Gauntlet game Gauntlet outcome
# Challenge Real World Road Rules Real World Road Rules Winner Loser
1 Snake Soup Real World David Sarah Dead Man's Drop Sarah David
2 Masquerade Road Rules Montana Katie Ride 'Em Cowboy Katie Montana
3 Mud Bath Road Rules Tonya Steve Perfect Fit Steve Tonya
4 I Scream Road Rules Rachel B. Katie Hangman Rachel B. Katie
5 Holey Canoe Road Rules Coral Tina Dead Man's Drop Coral Tina
6 Heavyweight Hustle Real World Matt Sarah Dead Man's Drop Sarah Matt
7 Sink My Ship Road Rules Norman Dave Elka Cara Knock Your Block Off Cara Elka
8 Red Barron Road Rules Nathan Adam Trishelle Steve Perfect Fit Trishelle Steve
9 Inferno Real World Alton Theo V. Trishelle Sarah Perfect Fit Sarah Trishelle
10 Rolling On A River Road Rules Mike Roni Rachel B. Sarah Ride 'Em Cowboy Sarah Rachel B.
11 Turntable Road Rules Theo G. Veronica Alton Laterrian Pole Climb Alton Laterrian
12 All Or Nothing Real World Alton Theo V. Mike Abram Knock Your Block Off Mike Abram
13 Vertical Sweep Real World Alton Adam Irulan Sarah Dead Man's Drop Sarah Irulan
14 Dukes Of Saturn Real World Alton Veronica Theo G. Cara Ride 'Em Cowboy Cara Theo G.
15[a] Gold Rush Road Rules

Final mission[edit]

  • Alton, Coral, Mike, Nathan, and Norman were the final Real World team.
  • Adam, Cara, Darrell, Dave, Rachel R., Roni, Sarah, Theo V., and Veronica were the final Road Rules team.
  • Team Road Rules pulled off the win.
Bank Accounts
  • Real World - $60,000
    • $12,000 each
  • Road Rules - $230,000
    • $25,555 each

Gauntlet progress[edit]

Players Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Finale[a]
Adam SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Cara SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM WINNER
Darrell SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Dave SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Rachel R. SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Roni SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Sarah ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE ELIM ELIM SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE WINNER
Theo V. SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Veronica SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE WINNER
Alton SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Mike SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE LOSER
Nathan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Norman SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Coral[a] SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE LOSER
Theo G. SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Irulan SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Abram SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Laterrian SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Rachel B. SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Trishelle SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE ELIM OUT
Steve SAFE SAFE ELIM SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Elka SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Matt SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Tina SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE OUT
Katie SAFE ELIM SAFE OUT
Tonya SAFE SAFE OUT
Montana SAFE OUT
David OUT
Teams
     The contestant is on the Real World team.
     The contestant is on the Road Rules team.
Competition
     The contestant won the final challenge.
     The contestant lost the final challenge.
     The contestant won the Freshlook Eyesaver Winner and was safe from the Gauntlet.
     The contestant was not selected to go into the Gauntlet.
     The contestant won the Gauntlet.
     The contestant lost the Gauntlet and was eliminated.
     The team was removed from the competition due to illness.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Original air date
174"Howdy Telluride"September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)
275"Masquerade"October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)
376"Mud Bath"October 13, 2003 (2003-10-13)
477"I Scream"October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20)
578"Holey Canoe"October 27, 2003 (2003-10-27)
679"Heavyweight Hustle"November 3, 2003 (2003-11-03)
780"Sink My Ship"November 10, 2003 (2003-11-10)
881"Red Barron"November 17, 2003 (2003-11-17)
982"Inferno"November 24, 2003 (2003-11-24)
1083"Rolling on the River"December 1, 2003 (2003-12-01)
1184"Turntable"December 8, 2003 (2003-12-08)
1285"All or Nothing"December 15, 2003 (2003-12-15)
1386"Vertical Limit"December 29, 2003 (2003-12-29)
1487"Dukes of Saturn"January 5, 2004 (2004-01-05)
1588"Gold Rush Part 1"January 12, 2004 (2004-01-12)
1689"Gold Rush Part 2"January 19, 2004 (2004-01-19)

After filming[edit]

Instead of a reunion special, Battle Scars - From the Gauntlet to the Inferno, a follow-up special aired on January 26, 2004 introducing the next season, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno with commentary by few of this season's contestants.

Memorable moments[edit]

  • Before the final challenge, Coral was bitten by a spider, resulting in an allergic reaction. After struggling, she quit, penalizing the already lagging Real World team. The Challenge crew stepped in when they noticed Coral was having trouble breathing. She was airlifted to the nearest hospital where she was treated in the ER.
  • Trishelle suffered a bicycle accident and needed to be taken to the hospital. She suffered minor injuries, but was able to continue. She spent two episodes in bandages.
  • Sarah Greyson, who was eliminated from the Campus Crawl season of Road Rules, was seen as a weak link and nominated to the Gauntlet five times. She won the Gauntlet all five times, and ultimately shared in the overall win with the rest of the Road Rules team.
  • After Abram was defeated by Mike in the Gauntlet, he engaged in a threesome with Rachel and Veronica. Coral was invited, but declined.
  • Following a 48-minute-long competition, Sarah defeated Irulan in the Gauntlet. The Road Rules team then began to antagonize Irulan, who was seen as a bad sport and toxic personality the entire competition.
  • Mike and Trishelle entered a relationship on the challenge, creating tension between them, Coral, and the rest of the team. Mike would vote Coral to the Gaunltet multiple times over perceived weak link Trishelle.
  • Matt was a controversial figure during his time on the show, creating enemies in both Coral and Tonya, the former of whom was an integral part of him being voted into the Gauntlet.
  • Theo made the tie-breaking vote that sent Abram to the Gauntlet over Sarah.
  • Roni won the "Rolling on a River" mission over Mike.
  • Katie snapped at Veronica following her Gauntlet win, believing she played a role in her being voted in. This would lead to the mutual animosity displayed between the two on The Inferno.
  • Despite Theo and Adam's best efforts to have her sent home due to what they perceived as undesirable behavior before the final challenge, Veronica won the Eyesaver at the last challenge, "Dukes of Saturn", sparing herself from the last Gauntlet.
  • Adam was hellbent on eliminating Sarah from the show, playing a key role in sending her into her five gauntlets. Sarah claimed he was simply trying to vote off all the women on the team, which created friction between Adam and the girls.
  • After accidentally knocking Sarah off the rolling pin at the "Rolling on a River" mission, Laterrian refused to accept responsibility during the team deliberation, ultimately making Sarah seem to be at fault, which led to her being voted into the gauntlet once again.
  • The challengers were forced into an ice cream eating contest in which the ice cream was eventually mixed in with their own vomit and mucus as the challenge wore on.
  • Although they had an existing friendship after winning together on Battle of the Seasons, Mike voted Elka into the gauntlet, where, as the overwhelming favorite, she shocked everyone by slipping off of the ledge unprovoked, handing Cara the win.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Coral was removed from the final challenge due to an allergic reaction to a spider bite that needed medical attention.

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