The season finale of “American Grit” will air this week. The competition is tight. But how are the contestants feeling now that the end is almost here?

Whether or not his team wins, coach Noah Galloway says he could not be prouder of them. In an interview with Channel Guide Mag, Galloway talked about his team’s edge. “What has really helped is that they are really tough,” he explained. “I have an Olympic athlete. I have a lumberjack and a woman who practically lived on a fishing boat for 20 years…Then, [another woman who] has been through struggles, picked herself up, and changed her entire life.”

Their individual strength might be what sustained them. But Galloway believes teamwork will push them further in the end. “These are four people that when they want something, they go after that…they worked so well together,” he said. “There weren’t a whole bunch of alphas trying to steal the spotlight. They were working well as a team. That shows how well teamwork works. The tighter the team, the better you are going to be.”

Meanwhile, contestant Tabatha Armour revealed the show meant “a new beginning” for her. Last year wasn’t so good for Armour: it involved divorce, a shoulder injury and her sister’s death. “American Grit” gave her a “new adventure” after everything that had happened. “It was definitely a new experience,” she said in an interview with “It was about stepping outside of my comfort zone all the way around. Each morning you woke up and you didn’t know what to expect, what the challenges would be like…It took a while to get used to the time change.”

Who will win in the end? You can find out when the first season finale of “American Grit” airs on Fox this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. CT (Friday, June 10 at 11 a.m. ACT).