Former CFLer Jesse Lumsden Beats Mantracker

Football player and Olympic athlete outsmarts show host Terry Grant.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The Calgary Stampeder alum and Olympic bobsledder Jesse Lumsden joined forces with fellow bobsledder Justin Kripps and took on the Mantracker, outsmarting Outdoor Life Network show host Terry Grant.

Although he had a partner, Lumsden is the one being credited with the triumph after he and Kripps got separated in the forests just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – the athlete was armed with nothing but a map (Kripps had the compass and was caught by Grant shortly before reaching the finishing line).

"I can't believe it, it's almost too good to be true," Lumsden said after reaching the finish line, as reported by The Canadian Press. "I beat the trackers."

"Mantracker," now in its fifth season, follows wilderness expert Grant and his sidekick Phil Lemieux as they "track" a team of two (known as "the prey") through dense brush and forests. The prey only have 36 hours and the help of a map and compass to trek 35-50 kilometres without getting caught.

It wasn't the first time the Mantracker battled professional athletes – Olympic freestyle skiers Steve Omischl and Jeff Bean along with Phoenix Coyotes star Shane Doan and his brother Brook each took on Grant and Lemieux – and both of those sportsmen teams prevailed. However this time around, Grant was satisfied that he had at least successfully caught Kripps.

The episode was filmed back in September 2010 when Lumsden later signed with the Calgary Stamps. He retired from the CFL this past May to focus on his bobsledding career in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.