A New Breed of 'Gladiator'

Air Force Academy grad joins cast of resurrected classic

By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User

Posted Jan 7, 2008 4:13 PM CST

(Newser) – "American Gladiators" muscled its way back onto TV last night with a former cheerleader in the cast. But fear not a dumbed-down version of the classic guilty pleasure—Tanji Williams is an Air Force Academy grad ranked fourth nationally by the International Federation of Body Building for fitness. Like the vintage version, "Gladiators" pits musclemen and -women against amateur athletes.

Onscreen, Williams goes by "Stealth"—a nod to both her physical skills and the Air Force bomber. She already has a rep for her performances on the Wall, an event that involves a race up a rock-climbing wall, the Military Times reports. Hulk Hogan and boxer Laila Ali co-host the jazzed-up NBC series.

ESPN visits the new American Gladiators
ESPN visits the new American Gladiators   (siouxcountry (YouTube))
Tanji Johnson, a former US airman and bodybuilder, will appear tonight in NBC's resurrected American Gladiators.
Tanji Johnson, a former US airman and bodybuilder, will appear tonight in NBC's resurrected American Gladiators.   (NBC)
Tanji Johnson, a former US Air Force airman ranked fourth by the International Federation of Body Building, is among the cast of NBC's resurrected classic, American Gladiators.
Tanji Johnson, a former US Air Force airman ranked fourth by the International Federation of Body Building, is among the cast of NBC's resurrected classic, American Gladiators.   (NBC)
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