The Challenge for Cash is on at MTV

Real World Cancun: Jasmine Reynaud, Jonna Mannion, Derek Chavez and C.J. Koegel

Derek Chavez is not planning to hold back in his second go-round on MTV’s “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons.” That’s not his style. Chavez is a competitor. He believes in laying it all on the line.

Well, Chavez and his Team Cancun buddies will need to do just that to defeat six other teams in hopes that someone from their group get to claim the top prize of $350,000, the biggest in Challenge history.

Going up against contestants make up squads from San Diego, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, New Orleans, St. Thomas and Austin, Team Cancun. The winner of the 23rd season contest will receive the unofficial title as “Real World” monarch. Chavez believes that at the end of the day he be named the winner.

Chavez took some time out of his schedule to chat to about being part of this great opportunity to be part of “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons.” What is it like being part of the show?

DC: “It’s an awesome experience because the last time I did it I didn’t stay as long as I would have hoped. I got sent home first. So just being able to experience more than one challenge is awesome.” How challenging is it?

DC: “When you sign up to be part of the show you have to train as much as you can. You’re going to lift, you’re going to ride, you try to get everything up to par. But once you get there, how do you track and expect to climb an incline that’s thirty feet above water? It’s very challenging because you don’t know what they’re going to throw at you and what you’re going have to do…it’s very challenging.” What did you learn from your first experience?

 DC: “On My Friends Challenge, I got the chance to experience it with a bunch of veterans…This time around there is not that many veterans. It’s definitely a different experience because it is up to us make certain or set the rules of this game. It’s up to us to accept the alliances and set the boundaries.” How good do you feel about your chances of winning this time?  

 DC: “Coming in to this challenge and winning the very first challenge definitely put a new confidence in us being the only team so far to win three challenges.” As a competitor, how do you get yourself ready mentally for this challenge?

 DC: “In high school I was an athlete, so I’m used to competition. I like to think I’m going to do my best every single time, whether I win or lose. So, hopefully, I’ll win…I’m the kind of person that it’s going to be coming, and I’m prepared for it, I get in a state of mind that I’m going to do it and that I’m going to do it to my best. If I’m going to win, if there’s a prize at the end of it, no one is going to stand in my way to get it.”










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