Kate Staples holds numerous athletic accolades. Ranked 9th in the world for pole vaulting, she broke 29 British and Commonwealth records. Staples won the AAA pole vault championship in Germany. Gladiator Zodiac was a tough competitor whose agility and quickness glittered in Skytrak, Pyramid, and Hang Tough. Yet, by far, Pendulum was Zodiac’s strength.
Staples was a successful Gladiator for three seasons until a serious neck injury in the 1996 Gladiators series led to surgery that was thankfully successful. Needless to say, it ended her career. Her daughter Ella’s dad is Gladiator Trojan and she has two children with former husband rugby player Chris Sheasby.
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.
Mike Harvey was a special ops underwater warfare expert trained by the Royal Navy before becoming the Gladiator known as Bullit. Agile, reliable, and quick as lightning, Bullit shined at Atlaspheres in the 1993 Live show. He proved his strength by winning two bodybuilding titles in 1990.
His celebrity son MC Harvey of So Solid Crew was a Gladiator too. Watching his son compete inspired Bullit to get back to the Arena for the 2008 Gladiators Legends 2 episode. Mike Harvey is also an actor who has been in "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Ghost in the Darkness."
Titan the Gladiator had a short but memorable stint. As a very aggressive competitor, he excelled in Powerball and Human Cannonball. David Nelson's temper may have ended it for him after Season 1. Tough as nails, he came to A.G. from the NFL. The Vikings signed him in 1984. He made many television and commercial appearances.
He filled roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Martin," and "Sister, Sister," as well as a part in a Wyclef Jean music video. Returning to bodybuilding in 1998, he clinched the sixth place in the Super-Heavyweight NPC USA Championship in Las Vegas. He has a net worth in $2 million.
Debbie Clark took "American Gladiators" by storm in 1991. The talented track and field athlete trained as an Olympic hopeful at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Assistant producer Gary Parker scouted her out and recruited aggressively, naming her Storm for 'blowing them all away.' With a degree in psychology and a certificate in culinary arts, she went with showbiz.
Tragically, in 2008, Clark found herself homeless with her son. Fleeing domestic violence, she had nowhere else to go and lived at a shelter. A fundraising effort led by celebrities freed her. She got an apartment and free knee surgery; now, she's an advocate for the homeless.