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Stealth on American Gladiators

Published January 2, 2008 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
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American Gladiators may look like a stacked deck, when you see the size of the gladiators. Stealth assures viewers and prospective contestants that they will get a fair fight, even if they aren't muscular or graceful.

A Stealth Opponent

"A lot of people want to know how long, because some of these events, we do them like we've been doing them for years and everyone thinks we're a pro," Stealth said. "We really only trained on these events for about a week and a half. Our contestants got about the same amount of time to train."

Even someone with decades of weight lifting or martial arts training has never jousted on a pedestal or hung from rings. "One thing I think is very special about the show, not only for ourselves, but the contestants is that when we're looking for gladiator material and as gladiators ourselves, it's all about being naturally athletic and having that competitive ability, because a natural athlete can train for anything as long as they have the skills. You can learn how to be more agile and move quickly, be stronger, more powerful. That's basically what we did. We only had about a week and a half to train, and we used all the athletic strengths and brought it to the table to become gladiators. That's why it was a really good battle. It's the athleticism, not necessarily the training, even though the training was still great that got us there."

Stealth is highly unlikely to fly under anyone's radar, but the name should give one some clue into her personality. "Our characters are extensions of who we already are, so when we say that we're not acting, we're just bringing out ourselves but bigger and better. So especially because we're all athletes, our game face comes on. So everyone thinks oh, this is a reality show and they're talking a lot of smack but when the whistle blows, the sport begins. That's what's real."

She has taken her battle wounds too. Hobbling on crutches, one can only imagine what took out Stealth. "As far as how I hurt my leg, you guys are going to have to watch the show, but I will guarantee you it was a really good show. It was very exciting. I'm proud of it. I wear it proudly and it's just part of the process of being a competitor and athlete. We're not afraid of it. They're going to know that we are relentless in pursuit and we have no fear. So getting injured, that's just part of the process but we come back. A stealth bomber, my name is Stealth and like the stealth bomber, an aircraft can be maintained back to operation and that's exactly what's going to happen with Stealth right here."

American Gladiators begins January 6th on NBC.
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