American Gladiators - Premieres January 6 on Citytv

“American Gladiators” Premieres January 6th, 2008 On Citytv

24 Contenders – 12 Men and 12 Women – To Face Off Against the Ultimate Gladiators

The updated return of the classic competition series “American Gladiators” brings contenders of all ages and from all walks of life into the gladiator arena starting Sunday, January 6, 2008 when the series premieres on Citytv. Wrestling great, Hulk Hogan and Boxing Champion, Laila Ali host the iconic competition series, which returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century.

Broadcast Schedule as Follows:

Citytv Toronto
Sunday, January 6th – 9:00pm ET (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 8:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Available in Toronto on Citytv HD (Rogers Channel 519)

Citytv Winnipeg

Sunday, January 6th – 8:00pm CT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 7:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Calgary
Sunday, January 6th – 10:00pm MT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 9:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Edmonton
Sunday, January 6th – 10:00pm MT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 9:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Citytv Vancouver
Sunday, January 6th– 9:00pm PT (Simulcast with NBC)

Mondays at 8:00pm starting January 7th (Simulcast with NBC)

Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes, 24 contenders in peak physical condition will go up against the show’s Gladiators, in tests of strength and endurance. The 24 male and female contenders will compete in three rounds of challenges where the final man and woman left standing will win a $100,000 top prize and will become Gladiators next season. All contenders have a unique story to tell and a compelling reason as to why they are putting it all on the line in order to win. These unsung heroes combine brawn and heart in their effort to be worthy competitors, winning over the audience and turning them against the villainous Gladiators.

The Contenders are:

Evan Dollard – a 25-year-old retail manager and avid-rock climber from Chicago, Illinois. He lost his mom to brain cancer a few years ago and he is especially close with his father and brother.

Son Nguyen – a 36-year-old fireman and father of three. Son’s family fled from Vietnam when he was just three years old. The youngest of four boys, he has been a fireman for 14 years and resides in Huntington Beach, California.

Chad Knight – a 31-year-old professional skateboarder who thinks his balance and tenacity will serve him well in the Gladiator arena. Four years ago, he shattered the bones in his left leg, leaving his life spiraling out of control. Through his new studies as a physiotherapist and a cautious return to skateboarding, he is on top of his life again. He currently lives in Encinitas, California.

Jeff Keller – a 38-year-old father who currently works in radio sales. Keller was a contender on the original “American Gladiators” in 1994, but when he got caught in traffic his spot was given to someone else. 13 years later, he is prepared to make good on his promise to win. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Anthony Abbatemarco – a 27-year-old New York City firefighter. He wants to appear on “American Gladiators” to help remind people of what America lost on 9/11. He currently lives in New York City.

Adonis Lockett – a 23-year-old satellite engineer for Boeing. As a child, his family struggled financially and he succeeded by working hard and being the first in the family to go to college. He plans to use his winnings to help his mom retire. Adonis is also a competitive “stepper” and resides in Gardena, California.

Jeff Chapman – a 26-year-old radiation control technician. Chapman is a likable country boy who is trained in mixed martial arts and is an amateur fighter. He and his wife opened a karate studio to teach kids that wouldn’t normally be able to afford it. He currently lives in Harriman, Tennessee.

Sharaud Moore – a 30-year-old high school algebra teacher. Moore is one of the original “Freedom Writers.” His mom was very young when she gave birth to him and although they struggled, Sharaud always knew what was important, an education. He’s now an algebra teacher. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Mark Baker – a 35-year-old chiropractor and former Army distance runner. Baker wanted to try out for “American Gladiators” the first time around, but was turned away because he was only 17. He is now back and ready to go. Mark currently runs two chiropractor offices in Chicago, Illinois.

Adam Levin – a 29-year-old shark fisherman who lost his home in Hurricane Wilma. He’s an outdoors type that found himself on the docks fishing before being offered a job as shark fisherman. After losing most of what he owned in the hurricane, he moved to Texas to start to rebuild his life. He currently lives in Bedford, Texas.

Alex Rai – a 25-year-old high school history teacher and wrestling coach. Rai has been wrestling since he was 5-years-old and received a full wrestling scholarship to California State University Northridge. Hulk Hogan is his hero, and he keeps a wrestling belt in his classroom in honor of “The Hulk.” When he was just 15-years-old, his father passed away just two weeks before wrestling season. Teachers and wrestling coaches held him together. That’s when he knew he wanted to be a teacher. He currently lives in Rosemead, California.

Molivann Duy – a 24-year-old daycare teacher by day, student by night. His biggest idols are his parents who fled Cambodia during the 1970s massacres and made a great life out of nothing. By example of his parents, Molivann feels like he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to. He currently lives in Lakewood, California.

Toni Oppliger – a 46 year-old high school teacher, athletic director and single mother of two. She is also the 2005 national power-lifting champion. She firmly believes that “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” And as she is the oldest contender in the competition. Toni currently lives in Carrollton, Texas.

ShaNay Norvell – a 31-year-old life wellness trainer who specializes in working with adolescent kids. Norvell teaches kids to get into shape and runs a non-profit organization for adolescents. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Christie Philips – a 39-year-old karate instructor and mother of two. She is currently the Female World Grapping Champion. “Girl Power” is Christie’s motto. “If you can do it, I can do it too.” Her mission in life is to empower women. She’s graceful and proud of her age. She lives in San Marcos, California.

Jessie Foster – a 26-year-old single mother of three and a toilet paper saleswoman. Foster has a great attitude and wants to change her life for the better. She believes “American Gladiators” is the first step to making that happen. She hopes to someday open a retreat camp for single parents and their children to focus on body, mind and soul. She currently lives in Donahue, Iowa.

Christine Kim – a 27-year-old self-proclaimed tom-boy who grew up in a very traditional home with an old school Korean father who didn’t always approve of her choices. As a child, her father was upset that she was always outside being athletic and tomboyish, then she didn’t go to law and now she wants to kick some Gladiator rear end. Will daddy approve? Kim is currently a mortgage broker and lives in Redondo Beach, California.

Monica Carlson – a 32-year-old mother of eight-year-old twins and a former Portland Trailblazer dancer. Growing up “American Gladiators” was her favorite show. Her husband is a football coach and athletics plays a large part in the family. One of 11 kids growing up, Monica is in great shape and loves competition. She currently lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Koya Webb – a 26- year-old professional chef, author and life coach. While in college she played multiple sports including basketball and track and field. She also trained for the Olympics. Webb currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Kim Marciniak – a 28-year-old medical sales rep and former dancer for the New York Knicks. She is a bubbly “Jersey Girl” who grew up dancing and spent years doing so for the New York Knicks. She wants to prove that she can handle anything and “American Gladiators” is just the way she wants to do it. She currently lives in Avenel, New Jersey.

Bonnie Blanco – a 25-year-old Marine sergeant and mother of two. She currently lives in Arlington, Texas. Bonnie grew up fast when she joined the military. She served a tour in Iraq leading a team of soldiers. While in the military she competed and won in the “Strongest Warrior” competition.

Belinda Gavin – a 36-year-old bull rider originally from Australia. She grew up on ranches in Australia and was regularly taunted and dared to do things even the boys wouldn’t do. Her bravado stayed with her when she immigrated to the United States 15 years ago, leading her to become a bull rider. She currently lives in Burbank, California.

Jennifer Blum – a women’s football player who grew up sleeping with a football in her bed. When she was nine-years-old, she and her parents sued for her right to be on a boy’s soccer team — an event that was covered in the media nationwide. Always a tom-boy, never afraid to take a hit or hit back, she is ready to jump into the ring with the Gladiators. Blum, a civil litigation lawyer, is 34 years old and currently lives in Franklin Park, New Jersey.

Siene Silva – a 34-year-old gymnastics Instructor and life coach from Fairfax, Virginia. She was a powerlifting champ in high school and owes all her success to her mom who taught her to always keep pushing no matter how hard life gets.

Catch the latest crop of competitors as they take on the villainous Gladiators when “American Gladiators” premieres January 6th, 2008, on Citytv. Then, tune in to all the action each week starting Monday, January 7th on Citytv stations across Canada.

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