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Bios of Titan Games participants – Meet the cast of the rock show



Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was once a kind of normal human being. His new show for sports competitions, The Titan Games – premiere on January 3 at 8 pm on NBC. ET – reflects how he has moved up in the world, trumping the dreams of most people.

"I think part of his motivation for the show is that he thinks back to his life and how happy he was," says Arthur Smith, executive producer of Titan Games . "He wants to give back. So much of this show comes from his heart because of what he's been through. It is very much in line with what he does on social media – and motivates people to be the hardest worker in the room. So many of these people are his followers that he inspired.

In addition to Johnson's role as quasi-moderator / commissioner of the series (he was on the set every day and will be featured in all episodes), the action star serves as executive producer. Smith's elaborated challenges are based on his own training and physical success. The participants compete against each other and end up with a mountain-like building, which of course is called Mount Olympus ̵

1; which Smith calls "hell" – and wants to become titans. The series will crown a male and a female champion at the end of the season.

Titan Games ended up looking for incredible athletes – especially people with a lot of power. "We really wanted the people of everyday life," adds Smith to the key requirements. "This is a platform for everyday people to become heroes, this is their payout, their chance to show themselves." Attendees range from a former ER nurse and a nurse's 50-year-old grandmother who does not skip the gym, to the less surprising personal trainers and MMA fighters: about 100 people out of thousands of hopes graduated from a sports station wagon as a tryout reduced to 64 cast.

NBC provided Men's Health with official bios for all competitors on The Titan Games below. Get ready for the epic combined with the right amount of humanity.

1

Alma Dwumfour

Age: 27

Occupation: ICU Nurse

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Residence: Stratford, CT

Instagram: @ alamameala0900 her body at fitness Pushing her limits to see what he can do Through her job, Alma knows how important it is to take each day as it could be the last, and she takes part in "The Titan Games" in honor of her Patients who can not.

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Angel Villegas

Age: 28

Occupation: Barbershop owner

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

19659002] Resident: Jacksonville, FL

19659002] Instagram: @Angelraws

At age 14, Angel realized he'd found his passion when he started cutting hair to support his family financially. Eight years later, Angel opened his first barbershop, Raw Cuts. Now he has three successful stores and is a loving father who hopes to inspire his son.

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Anthony Fuhrman

Age: 30 [19659002] Occupation: Active Duty Army & Pro Strongman

Hometown: Erie, PA

Resident: Brandon, FL

Instagram: @anthonyfuhrmanstrong

Anthony is a 1st class sergeant in the army who fought in Afghanistan as an infantry leader. After leaving the army, Anthony found his love of weight lifting and exercised 5-6 days a week listening to Taylor Swift and Cardi B.

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Ashley Hawkins

Age: 31

Occupation: Policeman

Hometown: Madison, NC

Residents: Pleasant Garden, NC

Instagram: @Hawkins_ae

Ashley and her husband at the Police Academy eight years ago. The former NCAA footballer enjoys spending time with her two German shepherd dogs "fur babies" and collecting fortune cookies. Ashley has always striven to keep fit because of the sports she played at a young age, but now she wants to protect herself and others professionally.

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Ashley Huhn

Age: 28

Occupation: Special Ed Teacher & Soccer Coach

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Resident: Denver, CO

Instagram: @ Ashhuhn17

If Ashley does not improve her students' lives, she can meet them in football with her two dogs and training kids. If it can bend someone like Beckham, it's Ashley.

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Ayonna Procter

Age: 33

Profession: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hometown: Elba, AL [19659002] Residents: Mariposa, CA

Instagram: @YonnieStyle

Ayonna inspires her patients to a healthy lifestyle. She grew up on a low income in a small town and overcame every opportunity to receive an NCAA basketball scholarship. Ayonna's # 1 supporter has always been her diligent mother, of which she is proud.

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Ben Afuvai

Age: 32

Profession: Metal polisher

Hometown: American Samoa

Place of residence: Tacoma, WA

Instagram: @ben_afuvai

Ben wants to be the best version of himself, physically and mentally. This big Dwayne Johnson fan is determined to represent other Samoans well and make his family and Dwayne proud.

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Brad Schaeffer

Age: 34

Occupation: Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Hometown: Pottstown, PA

Inhabitants : Weehawken, NJ

Instagram: @ doctor.bradley

Brad was an outstanding member of the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team. His biggest challenge, however, was when he decided to trade his studs for medical studies. Although the exams were tough, Brad used this academic opportunity to get mentally stronger. He wants to prove to people that you can achieve anything as long as you never give up.

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Brehanna Daniels

Age: 24

Cast: NASCAR Tire Changer

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA [19659002] Resident: Charlotte, NC

Instagram: @ brehannadaniels

Brehanna is the first female NASCAR tire changer to write. She was a basketball player at Norfolk State University and had an incredible work ethic. Brehanna hopes to inspire young people by diversifying NASCAR.

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Breona Evans

Age: 27

Occupation: Accountant

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Population: Atlanta, GA

Instagram: @ breonanicole7

Breona, a former Georgia State University cheerleader, brings her love of fitness to her everyday life. This six-time CrossFit athlete inspires anyone who knows her to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Bridger Buckley

Age: 22 [19659002] Occupation: Student

Hometown: Snohomish, WA

Residence: Pullman , WA

Instagram: @bridgerbuckley

Bridger is a student at Washington State University and no stranger to overcoming difficulties. As an overweight child, he motivated him to become an athlete and play college football. During his studies, he survived when he was hit by a car and wants to prove that he passes what most people can not do. Miranda

Age: 34

Occupation: Luxury Hotel Account Manager

Residence : Humacao, Puerto Rico

Resident: San Francisco, California

Instagram: @carlooki

Carla was born and raised a small town in Puerto Rico and it's hard to be away from her family. It was especially hard when Hurricane Maria was beaten and she was unable to reach anyone for four days. Carla hopes to make her people proud.

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Charity Witt

Age: 26

Occupation: Metabolic Technician

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Inhabitants : Suwanee, GA

Instagram: @charity_witt

At a young age, Charity learned the importance of hard work and quickly adapted to overcoming adversity. At 17, she was diagnosed with arrhythmia, which led to her passion for powerlifting. Charity's motto – "I will not stop when I'm tired, I'll stop when I'm done" – reflects her stubborn personality.

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14 [19659007] Chris Ruden

Age: 27

Occupation: motivational speaker for teens

Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL [19659002] Residents: Coconut Creek, FL

Instagram: @chrisruden

Chris was born with a congenital birth defect that manifested in one short arm and only two fingers on one hand. As he grew up, he was bullied and embarrassed, but Chris found it powerlifting and the aptitude to become the top athlete he is today. He regularly speaks with young people with disabilities in order to motivate them in everyday life.

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Christiana Rugloski

Age: 21

Occupation: assistant riding school

Location: Camp Verde, Arizona [19659002] Resident: Lake Jackson, FL

Instagram: @chrisruden

Christiana is the youngest female participant in "The Titan Games" and brings a young woman with zest for the competition. As an adult without access to sports she wants to catch up on lost time and always finds ways to push her body to new limits. Christiana likes to work with horses and does not shy away from hard work.

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Christina Luna

Age: 33

] Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Residence : Colorado Springs, CO

Instagram: @beastingthebeauty

Life was not always easy for Christina. From living with her grandparents to a single mother living below the poverty line, she knows what hard work looks like. She overcame the past hardships and graduated in dentistry in the Air Force. Today she lives proudly with her two young daughters in her beautiful home.

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Christopher Watts

Age: 33 years old 19659002] Occupation: Personal Security Contractor

Hometown: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Residence : Kabul, Afghanistan

Instagram: @ Cwatts13

Christopher is more than an elite athlete, he is an excellent hero. He spent time in Iraq fighting for his country, but was injured during the operation by explosions. He has resisted the chances of becoming the athlete he is today.

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Cole Wadsworth III

Age: 32

Occupation: Farmer

Hometown: Peoa, UT

Inhabitants : Draper, UT

Instagram: @coleabiahwadsworth

Cole is no average entrepreneur. Cole and his family were raised on a 8500 hectare farm by his father, who taught him to haul hay bales, ride horses and take care of their daily needs. They operate their own urban farm, which they use as their personal climbing frame. He wants to prove to his sports colleagues that there is no better training than in the countryside.

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Covenant Falana

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Location: Oyo, Nigeria

Inhabitants: Chicago, IL

Instagram: @ king.covie

Covenant was born in a small town in Nigeria and dreamed of America. At age seven, his parents won the Green Card lottery and at 14, his visa was approved and he came to America. He watched The Rock Wrestle from his tiny television set in Nigeria, and now, in a rivalry with Dwayne Johnson, he makes his American dream come true.

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David Reid

Age: 28

Occupation: motivational speaker / former Army Army Specialist

Location: Tracy, CA

Residence: Selma, TX

Instagram: @davidreidiii

David lost his leg in 2010 when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. After the explosion, he suffered from severe PTSD and used fitness as a healing source. David feels like he died after the injury and he has a second chance in life. Now he is stronger than before his accident and uses his story to support military personnel.

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Davy Barnes

Age: 28

Profession: Tiling installation owner

Hometown: Lemmon, SD

Residence: Phoenix, AZ

Instagram: @davymichael

Davy grew up on a small farm and started building his body around the area, which he would do for his dad. He has twice won the National Heavyweight Fitness Competition and currently runs a tile installation called Muscle Tile. He likes doing skits with his wife Kayla on Instagram.

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Derik Scott

Age: 30

Occupation: Lawyer / Pro-MMA Fighter

Hometown: St. Louis , MO

Inhabitants: Los Angeles, California

Instagram: @derikaspenscott

Derik is a day lawyer, but at night a martial artist and MMA fighter. Derik was educated by gymnasts and could make a back flip at the age of four. At age 7, he won his first national gymnastics championship. At the age of 12 Derik lost his older brother Ian in a car accident. He dedicates his performance to "The Titan Games" in memory of his brother.

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DJ Townsel

Age: 30

Profession: Yoga Instructor

Hometown: Miami, FL

Inhabitants : Celebration, FL

Instagram: @ Dade2Shelby

The DJ is a versatile athlete and after his NFL career had come to an end, he began practicing yoga. A family man who has previously proven himself on a national stage and would like to do so again.

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Elisara Edwards

Age: 28

Cast: Debt Collector

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Residence: Anchorage, Alaska

Instagram: @ElisaraEdwards

Elisara Became Lupus at 24 After his wife died, he vowed to teach his daughter to live in the healthiest way, through fitness. He is now pouring all his love and energy into the education of his daughter, which would make his deceased wife proud.

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Emily Andzulis [19659008] Age: 26

Profession: Massage Therapist / MMA Fighter

Hometown: Knoxville, TN [19659002] Place of residence: Powell, TN

Instagram: @emily_andzulis

Emily has been active in martial arts for years 7 and has a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her sister Sharon was diagnosed with bone cancer five years ago, and at At the end, part of her tibia was removed. Emily moved in and helped her sister recover. In honor of Emily, Emily will rise again and again to new heights and takes nothing for granted.

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Emily Hu

Age: 36

Occupation: Medical device researcher

Hometown: Hayward, CA

Residence: San Mateo, CA

Instagram: @amithebenchbrah

Emily is always breaking barriers and thwarting expectations. After completing her master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University at the age of 22, she worked for a startup in Silicon Valley, which manufactures medical devices. In her free time she makes powerlifts and has three world records in her weight class. She is ready to show the world how powerful she is.

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Erin LaVoie

Age: 36

Occupation: Professional Timbersports Athlete

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Resident: Spokane, WA

Instagram: @The_LumberJill

Erin not only holds a Guinness world record for cutting down Christmas trees in two minutes, she is also the owner of Predation CrossFit.

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Frank Sansonetti

Age: 40

Occupation: Firefighter

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

] Resident : Staten Island, NY

Instagram: @Frank_Sansonetti

Frank is a proud New Yorker and a firefighter for 15 years. His fire station is directly opposite the Freedom Towers. The only thing he loves more than his job is the father of his twins Madison and Anthony. Frank is excited that his kids will see him on TV.

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Gina Policastro

Age: 32

Instrumentation: teacher

Hometown: Queens, NY

Population: Queens, NY

Instagram: @gmpolicastro

Gina is a high school earth science teacher. After discovering a passion for fitness, she hopes to set up a post-graduate fitness partner program to gain the confidence and strength she passes on to her.

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Jack Kwan

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Residence: River Forest, IL

Instagram: @Fithomiekwan

Jack, a Kinesiology Major at the University of Wisconsin, brings brains and muscles to The Titan Games. The youngest male competitor splits his time between study and Parkour training. Jack is counting on his youth to win everything.

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Jackie Wood

Age: 30

Occupation: Swim Coach [19659002] Hometown: Long Island, NY

Residence: San Antonio, TX

Instagram: @jackiejaxwood

Jackie's passion for life has always been in the water. She started swimming at the age of 6 and continued high school. After she felt lost in life, Jackie followed her mother's advice and quit her job as a bartender to become a swim coach. Their ultimate goal is to open their own swimming school called Swim Strong Academy.

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James Jean-Louis

Age: 29

Occupation: Truck driver for Budweiser

Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL

Resident: North Miami Beach, FL

Instagram: @Bodyof_a_titan

James became a father at 17, who immediately switched lives. He got into trouble and almost went to jail, but fought hard to stay with his son Semaj. Fitness was a way to focus on something positive. James is a hard-working father and wants to prove to his son that he can achieve anything.

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Jasmin Guinn

Age: 23

] Profession: Motion Graphic Designer

Hometown: Berkeley, California [19659002] Residence: El Sobrante, California, USA

Instagram: @jasminguinn

Jasmine is a talented artist as well as a top athlete. A former NCAA athlete in basketball and track dual sport, she is here to compete for her grandmother, her greatest life inspiration and supporter.

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Jenessa Goeman

Age: 34

Profession: Radiologic Technologist

Hometown: Madison, SD

Inhabitants: Clearwater , FL

Instagram: @gym_nessa

A former top gymnast Jenessa is a national team team and loves fitness. At 28, she forced a torn ligament to find an alternative way of moving, and took on the suggestion of her then friend's weight lifting. Jenessa wants to prove to herself and the world that she is a strong, independent woman.

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Jess Griffith

Age: 27 [19659002] Occupation: Former ER Nurse for Trauma / Nutritionist

Hometown: Springfield , MO

Residents: Ozark, MO

Instagram: @jessicaRgriffith

Helping people has always been a lifelong desire for Jess. She became a nurse and worked in the burdensome ER trauma department. Jess realized that she had a greater desire to help people who wanted to help themselves. With a great deal of risk, she used her experience and knowledge of the past to become a nutrition coach and specialist.

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Jon Brascetta

Age: 29

Occupation: Owner and operator of the Martial Arts Dojo

Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ

Resident: Sicklerville, NJ

Instagram: @jpbrascetta

Jon found martial arts involved throughout his life at the age of 4 years. At the age of 23, he opened his own martial arts school and has developed his practice into a fifth-degree Black Belt over the years. His practice stands for heart, perseverance and discipline, which he believes is everything that a titan should be.

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Josh Ingraham

Age: 34

Profession: Chef

Hometown: Brunswick, Maine

Residence: Cleveland, OH

Instagram: @thechefnshape

Josh is head chef of the Cleveland Clinic and was previously a luxury chef to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. During his work in the sports food industry, he grew up and stopped exercising. He realized that he needed to become healthier for his children. Therefore, he began to participate in street races and lose over 30 pounds. Josh is in the best shape of his life, but says being "The Titan Games" is his greatest achievement.

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Julian Stewart

] Age: 32

Profession: Real Estate Agent

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Place of residence: Spokane , WA

Instagram: @ julianbuffdad86

Under the name "Superdad" Julian is happily married to four young people. Julian is a retired college football player at Eastern Washington University. Today, he works with four jobs to support his family and give them a life that they believe they deserve. But his busy schedule does not stop him from staying up to date.

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Julie Dudley

Age: 50 [19659002] Occupation: Firefighter Paramedic

Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Place of Residence: Jupiter, FL

Instagram: @Julie_dudley

Having fallen into the best shape of her life, Julie, who is both mother and grandmother, has recently taken up gymnastics and Olympic lifting and does not slow her down. She is ready to measure herself and prove once and for all that this age is not just a number.

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Kara Lazauskas

Age: 27

Profession: Muscle Research Coordinator, Masters Degree in Muscle Physiology

Location: Neshanic Station, NJ

Resident: Anaheim, CA

Instagram: @ kilerk0

A PhD student at Cal State University Fullerton, Kara was three years old when her left lung was removed because of a postinflammatory pseudotumor. A lung made her work even more difficult and she now has 75% lung capacity. Although she has a lung, she is an MMA fighter and powerlifter and begins her day with 100 pushups and sit-ups.

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Kelsey Horton

Age: 28

Occupation: Nurse

Hometown: Deadwood, SD

Residence: Rapid City , SD

Instagram: @ kelseyhorton1989

Kelsey is married and has two children days as a nurse and nights as a powerlifter. After Kelsey had her first daughter at the age of 20, she reached nearly 200 kg. and when she was pregnant with her son, she had begun to transform her body into the powerhouse that she is now. She documents her fitness journey on Instagram in the hope of inspiring other working mothers to take time for themselves and become strong.

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Kwame Sarfo

Age: 25

Occupation: Business Analyst

Hometown: Old Bridge, New Jersey [19659002] Inhabitants: Parlin, New Jersey

Instagram: @Lowkey_Fleumatique

Kwame, aka Push-Up Guy Claiming to become famous to "Ellen" for his trick-push-ups, using only the fingertips or wrists , If he does not show that ability to the world, he wears a suit and tie as a business analyst at the New Jersey Institute of Innovation.

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43 [19659007] Kyle Lucas

Age: 28

Occupation: Satellite Systems Operator, US Air Force

Hometown: Dover, DE [19659002] Residents: Colorado Springs, CO

Instagram: @ KLucas26

A Military Kyle, Kyle preferred to travel around the world with his family and decided to follow in his father's footsteps after college. As a satellite system operator, it manages 35 satellites that provide GPS worldwide. His real reason for "The Titan Games" is to compete with his younger brother, whom he greatly admires.

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Lauren Regno [19659008] Age: 25

Occupation: Nursing student

Hometown: Modesto, California

Residence: Modesto, California

Instagram: @laurrrenhunter

Lauren, who has a daughter, studied six years to create her qualifications for a nurse, was adopted in 2017. She's started modeling recently and is on The Titan Games to prove she's a fitness model but works hard, full of heart and more than just a pretty picture.

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Mariah Counts

Age: 25

Occupation: CrossFit Gym Manager / Coach

Hometown: San Diego, California

Resident: Valley Village, California, USA [196590] 02] Instagram: @mcshmammer

Mariah has been a competitive athlete all her life and has received scholarships in both athletics and volleyball. When Mariah started CrossFit, she found a way to continue her career as an athlete and coach others. While fitness is a big part of her life, she still finds time for her other passion as a singer / songwriter.

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Marianne Sheehan [19659008] Alter: 27

Beruf: Freiwilliger Feuerwehrmann / Kleinunternehmer / ehemaliger Luftwaffen-Jetmechaniker

Heimatstadt: Brooklyn, NY

Wohnhaft: Poultney, VT

Instagram: @Savage_Sheehan

Marianne ist beigetreten Die Luftwaffe im Alter von 16 Jahren floh aus ihrer kleinen Stadt. Nachdem sie ihre Zeit beim Militär verbracht hatte, arbeitete sie als Zivilistin im Land, bis sie sich in Vermont niederließ, wo sie ihren Mann traf und als freiwilliger Feuerwehrmann diente. Ihre Arbeit bedeutet, dass sie auf dem höchsten Stand der Fitness sein muss. Als großer Fan von Dwayne Johnson kann sie nicht fassen, dass sie für "The Titan Games" ausgewählt wurde.

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47 [19659007] Matt Cable

Alter: 28 Jahre

Beruf: Staff Sergeant, Air National Guard

Heimatstadt: San Diego, Kalifornien

Einwohner: Great Falls, MT

Instagram: @ matt_cable30

Matt , ein konkurrenzfähiger Powerlifter und Mitglied der Air National Guard, starb 2014 fast an fortgeschrittener Leukämie. Er litt an mehreren Organversagen und musste fünf Tage in ein medizinisch induziertes Koma gelegt werden. Nach zwei Monaten im Krankenhaus kämpfte sich Matt zurück in die Turnhalle, obwohl er zu schwach war, um manchmal stehen zu können. With his cancer in remission since 2016, Matt has proved that he is #CableStrong.

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Matthew Welbourn

Age: 27

Occupation: Server

Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ

Resident: Durango, CO

Instagram: @mattlwelbourn

As the son of an Olympian, Matt has athleticism coursing through his veins. In the ’70s, his father went to the Olympics as a pole vaulter then as a water kayaker. Matt pursued and thrived in athletics as well, but it wasn’t until he discovered bodybuilding that he found his true passion. Now he competes at the highest level and wants to prove what bodybuilders are made of.

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Maximus “Nnamdi” Okoye

Age: 26

Occupation: Investment Management Analyst

Hometown: Antioch, CA

Resident: Los Angeles, CA

Instagram: @nnamokoye

Maximus is the proud son of Nigerian immigrants who made huge sacrifices to come to America. He continues to build upon the American dream that his parents created for him by leading a successful professional life as an investment management analyst. Maximus is a nerd at heart, but he busts out of his shell when he competes athletically.

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Melissa Alcantara

Age: 33

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Resident: Venice, CA

Instagram: @fitgurlmel

After giving birth to her daughter, Melissa weighed 200 lbs. and suffered from postpartum depression and used fitness as a tool to recover. After losing 40 pounds in 60 days, she documented her transformation by posting workout videos, motivational messages and photos on social media hoping to encourage others. Melissa, who inspires people to be the best version of themselves, is a trainer to the stars, including Kim Kardashian.

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Melody Schofield

Age: 29

Occupation: Certified Recovery Specialist

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Resident: Philadelphia, PA

Instagram: @MelodySchofield

Melody earned the nickname “The Pebble” for her resemblance to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She suffered from alcoholism throughout her life but has proudly been sober since August 2015.

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Mike Evans

Age: 25

Occupation: Construction

Hometown: Gardner, MA

Resident: North Chelmsford, MA

Instagram: @RealMikeEvans

At 6’5” and 230 lbs., this colossal construction worker is one of the biggest athletes in the competition. The blue-collar Massachusetts native trains six days a week while working full time in the family roofing business. His mother passed away when he was 13 and he’s keeping her close to his heart as he strives for Titan greatness.

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Montez Blair

Age: 27

Occupation: Business Development Consultant

Hometown: Erial, NJ

Resident: Santa Monica, CA

Instagram: @montezblair

Montez grew up in a rough neighborhood and his mom, a single mother of seven, did her best to support the family. Despite those odds, Montez excelled in school both academically and athletically, garnering a scholarship to Cornell University. He is the school’s high jump record holder and the 2013 NAACP Athlete of the Year. Currently, Montez is training to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in decathlon while working in business development at Oracle.

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Nichole Root

Age: 39

Occupation: Private Pre-School Owner

Hometown: Applegate, CA

Resident: Auburn, CA

Instagram: @nicholeroot

Nichole loves to include her classes in her daily workout. After realizing that her daughter was being bullied, Nichole used athletics as a way to inspire her two daughters to be confident women and be the best version of themselves.

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Nika Sedghi

Age: 25

Occupation: Gas Turbine Mechanical Engineer

Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

Resident: San Diego, CA

Instagram: @neeks93

As a first generation daughter of Iranian immigrants, making her family proud is a driving force in Nika’s life. During the day, she works on gas turbine engines. At night, Nika puts hours in at the gym pushing her body to its limits. She wants to represent the strong Iranian women who raised her.

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Nikkie Neal

Age: 26

Occupation: Fitness Model

Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA

Resident: El Segundo, CA

Instagram: @nikkieneal

Nikkie is a 5’10” model that works for national fitness brands. Her height, strong work ethic and childhood growing up on the beaches of Southern California makes her a natural volleyball player. She earned her way to the California State Championship and the USA beach volleyball team in 2013. Growing up as the youngest of four siblings, Nikkie isn’t afraid to take on the role of underdog in “The Titan Games.”

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Quinn Rivera

Age: 25

Occupation: Medical Student

Hometown: Cody, WY

Resident: Cody, WY

Instagram: @quinnriv

Quinn is an accomplished athlete and academic who is now studying medicine at the University of Washington, a top-tier medical school. Quinn married his high school sweetheart, Ali, and he credits her for the man he is today. Quinn wants to put quiet Cody, Wyo., on the map by winning “The Titan Games.”

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Robbie Strauss

Age: 34

Occupation: Pro Wrestler/Stay at Home Dad

Hometown: Woodbridge, NJ

Resident: Brick, NJ

Instagram: @RobertStrauss

Robbie began pro wrestling at the age of 16. His 18-year-career in the sport allowed him to compete and travel all over the world, but all that changed last year when he and his wife had twin sons. Now, Robbie is a stay-at-home dad who stays fit by incorporating his kids into his exercises. He’s ready to bring a whole new meaning to “Dad bod.”

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Sandra Arechaederra

Age: 51

Occupation: Yoga and Strength Training Coach

Hometown: Alamo, CA

Resident: Alamo, CA

Instagram: @yogaliftersandra

Sandra is a mother of four whose passion for fitness has pushed her to be a yoga and strength training coach for NFL athletes. She took up Olympic-style weightlifting at 41 despite being only 5’4” and 115 pounds. In the 10 years since, she has broken six Masters American records.

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Shannon Decker

Age: 34

Occupation: Personal Trainer/Model

Hometown: Aberdeen, WA

Resident: Santa Monica, CA

Instagram: @shannonshape

It was in 2005 that Shannon’s brother, Colin, fell in a rock-climbing accident that would transform her into who she is today. After Colin’s tragic death, she used fitness as a way to cope and ultimately to celebrate his life. It helped her push herself in ways she never thought possible. Now everything positive in her life revolves around fitness – his memory, meeting her boyfriend and now “The Titan Games.”

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Steven Hoppe

Age: 38

Occupation: Firefighter

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Resident: Mesa, AZ

Instagram: @steven_hoppe14

As if fighting fires and raising children isn’t heroic enough, Steven, who is a father of four, has a miraculous survival story. In 2016, he was involved in a motorcycle accident and while in the hospital, doctors discovered a mass in his chest that turned out to be Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After undergoing chemo, Steven is now cancer free. He is competing to show his kids what’s possible if you never stop fighting.

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Thong La

Age: 25

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Resident: Tampa, FL

Instagram: @ThongLaOfficial

Thong feels that he represents the nerds. While he might sit at a desk during the day, Thong doesn’t hold back in the gym and is a force to be reckoned with. Since he met his fiancé while powerlifting, Thong romantically proposed to her while she was in the middle of her squat set. The two of them are “swole-mates.”

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Tina Rivas

Age: 26

Occupation: Architectural Sheet Metal Worker

Hometown: Nayarit, Mexico

Resident: Seattle, Washington

Instagram: @tinarivasfit

Tina is an architectural sheet metal worker and the only woman on the construction crew. She works on the exterior of skyscrapers, facing the elements for 10 hours at a time. Dedicated to staying strong, Tina gets an average of four hours of sleep a night so that she can spend at least two hours in the gym before work. Tina is ready to put her work ethic to the ultimate test to become a Titan.

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Tyler Lucas

Age: 25

Occupation: United States Air Force

Hometown: State College, PA

Resident: Germany

Instagram: @twlucas13

Tyler grew up as a military brat and has lived all over the world. In college, he walked on the Penn State football team to become a quarterback. Soon after, he followed in his family’s footsteps by joining the Air Force and is currently stationed in Germany. Tyler is traveling thousands of miles back to the States to prove he is a world-class athlete.

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