Victoria Gay was a 1984 Olympic contender. By 1986, she took on bodybuilding, winning several cup competitions. When she tried out as an A.G. Contender, she found herself invited back to be a Gladiator. Taking the name Jazz, she would become the fiercest, most tenacious Gladiator to compete. She showcased her aggressive and speedy style for three seasons of “American Gladiators.”
The Joust event was her favorite. Coming on board for Season 5, Jazz went on to do a Live show and International Gladiators. She passed her athleticism down to her son Barry Bowman who played basketball at Southwestern Louisiana.
Salina Bartunek, aka Elektra, got her start on the A.G. Live Tour as "Shadow." Making it to the series, she debuted in 1992 as Elektra on Season 4 of "American Gladiators." As a nationally ranked gymnast with titles in speed-climbing and dance and acrobatics, Elektra made it look easy. However, in the Hang Tough event, she broke her nose by taking down a fellow contender.
Fluid in many fields, Bartunek is a professional dancer and choreographer, a sports model, and a Broadway star. She's a fitness instructor at AntiGravityFitness.com and a competitive rock climber. Still not impressed? She speaks five languages: Italian French, Spanish, German, English, and she also knows ASL.
This German-born Gladiator boasted diamond-cut muscles forged from training as a bodybuilder for many years. Erika Andersch excelled at many sports but got hooked on bodybuilding and eventually won the New England Bodybuilding Championship in 1988. As a Gladiator, Breakthrough was Diamond's best event, and she brought it for two seasons of A.G.
But her fame didn't stop in her role as a Gladiator. She appeared on T.V. and in movies and starred as The Knifethrower Dame in "Batman Returns." She was also featured in Playboy. These days she's a personal coach in Southern California. These days, Erika Andersch has a net worth of $25,000.
Lee Reherman played football at Cornell University and tried out with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive lineman. He earned an MBA at the UCLA business school and was working on a doctorate in economics when his television career kicked off. He appeared in several movies and television shows but hit it big as Hawk.
He also enamored audiences performing in two series of International Gladiators. Hawk went on to do even more television and film. Reherman was living in Manhattan Beach when, sadly, he died at 49 due to complications of a hip replacement surgery. Lee had a net worth of $50,000.
Christy Skoglund had a pretty successful career, both as a Gladiator and as a general entertainer. This South African Gladiator was an original of both South Africa's MTN Gladiators and England's International Gladiators. Both shows hosted an arena for Sahara, Queen of the Desert.
The athletic prodigy also modeled professionally. Always a beloved contender at her home stadium in South Africa, fans were devastated when the news hit the Telly. The tall blonde Gladiator suffered a brain aneurism at the gym while working out. It took her life four days later. Skoglund was just 33 years old and at the peak of her career.