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VIDEO: The Biggest Loser Finale Champion Michael Ventrella Talks About His Biggest Win

May 26 2010, Published 8:16 a.m. ET

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Chicago DJ Michael Ventrella discussed his triumph on The Biggest Loser on The Today Show Wednesday, as the once-526-pound man shed more than half of his body weight -- 264 pounds -- to capture the crown on the ninth edition of NBC's weight loss competition, and has the video for you.

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Ventrella, who now weighs 262 pounds, said his life has turned around from the despair his morbid obesity once caused.

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"At 526 pounds, nobody at that weight can ever feel any sense of hope," Ventrella told The Today Show Wednesday. "You feel like any day is your day, is your time: You're going to die. I realized, 'You know what? I'm going to give it everything I got to battle this and tackle this because I'm done with being like this.’"

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Runner-ups included Tennessee native Ashley Johnston who lost 183 pounds; Oklahoma State University student Daris George who lost 168 pounds; and California football coach Koli Palu, who lost 215 pounds.

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