Grand Junction mom 
is just ‘crazy’ enough 
for stint on ‘Wipeout’

Kay Patterson figured if she could dress in a peacock bikini for a costume contest at Cactus Canyon, she could try anything.

The confidence from winning that Oct. 27 Halloween contest, coupled with a rush of excitement from her Oct. 25 birthday, led Patterson, a 43-year-old mother of seven, to stop talking about appearing on ABC’s “Wipeout” by taking steps to make it happen.

On Halloween, Patterson applied to be on “Wipeout,” and after traveling to California for an interview and hours of paperwork in early November, she passed the background check and is slated to appear on “Wipeout” next year.

“Wipeout” centers on an obstacle course that contestants navigate while bouncing off things, smashing into stuff or falling into water.

Patterson will tape her episode in 2013, she said.

Patterson, a naturopath at Mesa Therapies, 1105 Ute Ave., was told she’ll be part of the “Brains” team competing against the “Brawns,”

“This is the ultimate challenge,” Patterson said. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to do this.’”

Patterson still has to pass a physical, but she’s passionate about health and fitness and is not worried, she said.

Patterson even used the $1,500 prize money from winning the Cactus Canyon costume contest to purchase an adjuster and percusser, a deep-tissue massager, for her practice.

The prize for winning “Wipeout” is much more substantial—$50,000—but Patterson isn’t focused on that. She’s prepared “to just go there and be hit into water and to laugh a lot. A lot,” Patterson said.

Patterson may hold a watch party when the show airs. Count her sister Marty Amos, who runs Amos Counseling, among those ready to see Patterson thrown around an obstacle course.

“She’s crazy,” Amos said with a laugh, shaking her head.


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