OREGON CITY, Ore. -- With a black belt, a passion for volleyball and time to run track, Oregon City’s Jenna Hoiland showed Disney producers there was nothing Mickey Mouse about her exercise routine.
She was cast to compete in a new show on Disney XD called “Tryathlon”. “It’s all about getting kids to try something new, hence the “try” part of the title,” explained the 14-year-old.
In May, Jenna traveled to Southern California to cycle, swim and run against two other teams. She competed with the stars of Disney’s “ Lab Rats” and was coached by WNBA star Candace Parker.
“I was watching her in the Olympics and was so glad she won gold,” said Hoiland.
Her team competed against another gold medalist, NBA standout Kevin Love.
"He’s like 6 foot 10, so it was funny to see him have to scrunch down and ride a bike,” remarked Jenna.
She has known the outcome of the show for three months but couldn’t tell family and friends, “I signed a nondisclosure agreement with Disney and if I tell I could be fined.”
Watching her daughter compete at anything is considered a win for Jenna’s Mom Barbara.
“When I was pregnant I was told she had cysts on her brain and she may be delayed mentally and physically.” Eventually an MRI showed the tumors had disintegrated.
Jenna started Taekwondo at the age of six and her master admires her focus and discipline,
“She has been at this for eight years, most kids don’t last that long,” said Steven Bettencourt. She was one of three viewers selected for the “Tryathlon” competition.
She’s the youngest and only girl. The show premiered Monday at on Disney’s XD. Jenna has enjoyed the taste of Hollywood life but her long term plans are realistic.
“I had a super fun time doing the show, but eventually I want to be a doctor.”
If you’ve seen her break a board at Taekwondo, you know she’d be a doctor who could deliver a strong message about staying fit.
UPDATE: After KGW aired this report, Jenna's team won the competition. The episode was broadcast Monday night.