As an IFBB Miss Australia Heavyweight, Linda Byrnes, also known as Flame, crushed the Strongest Women competition record, and she’s still winning contests. These days, she hits the gym five days a week and works as a personal trainer and a fully accredited financial planner.
She humiliated financier David Koch in a televised arm-wrestling match on the Australian T.V. show “Where are They Now?” Later, Flame assuaged his ego saying, “He was tough . . . not at all easy to beat.” Prior to her bodybuilding career, Byrnes was an Advanced Life Support officer in the all-male Rescue Squad. Flame’s a natural when it comes to emasculating men.
Tonya Knight discovered weightlifting in high school. Bodybuilding was huge in the '80s, and many Gladiators embraced the sport. After winning national and international bodybuilding competitions, Gold clocked in as one of the top professional female bodybuilders in the world.
She was a formidable competitor when she first threw her hat into the "American Gladiators" contest. A knee injury kicked her off the show. Now the IFBB Professional Bodybuilder is a licensed cosmetologist and a proud mother to her 15-year-old son Malachi. Atlas' twin brother, John Poteat, is the dad. Knight's motto is, "Train hard, win easy!" She has a net worth of $250,000.
Backflipping into the Arena to the tune of Madonna's "Vogue," this fan-favorite started out as a gymnast at a youth club. Suzanne Cox also excelled at track and field and aerobic competitions. In aerobic competition, she made U.K. Champion from 1991 through 1994 and was ranked 7th in 1993 at the World International Championships in Las Vegas.
Cox was a firm favorite with Gladiator fans, dazzling them with a display of backflips upon entering the arena. Together with Gladiators Saracen and Panther, Cox runs a fashion retail shop called COR. She also records fitness videos. She and her husband, 1997 Gladiators Quarter-Finalist Mark Roberts share two children.
All-State athlete in swimming and a formidable force in water polo, wrestling, and football, Scott Berlinger's natural athleticism sparkled since childhood. He took on weightlifting at college while working on a marketing degree. Winning the Mr. USC Bodybuilding title, he was grabbed by "American Gladiators" for seasons three and four. He rocked it at Hang Tough and Powerball.
Viper grabbed tons of attention when he ripped up a fan sign: "Viper Needs a Diaper." His bad-boy image smacked headfirst into reality in 2014. Cycling too fast in Central Park, he "flattened" a fellow triathlete and she nailed him with a lawsuit.
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.