Mandi Bierly
December 14, 2011 AT 04:45 PM EST

Lauren Bacall: Jennifer Graylock/AP

After an excruciatingly long pause, even by American Idol standards, the winner of The Biggest Loser: Battle of the Ages was announced last night: Weighing 220 pounds less than he did seven months ago when he started the show, special education teacher and football coach John Rhode took the $250,000 prize from former NFL player Antone Davis, who’d lost 202 pounds. This morning on Today, Rhode said he plans to keep the weight off by training for the Los Angeles marathon. Watch the confetti fall below. 

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