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Kennewick High Grad Competes in American Gladiators

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Los Angeles - Kennewick High Grad Christi Philips was one of twelve women chosen out of 10,000 to be a contestant on the new American Gladiators. The 39-year-old now lives in California where she does martial arts, and is a model/actress. Her episode of American Gladiators aired Tuesday night, and unfortunately, she was knocked out in the first round by a contestant from Virgina, Siene Silva.

"All the women that compete were pro athletes in some form or another, and the men were amazing," said Philips. "After watching it last night, I got to say it looks so much easier on TV than it really is. People were throwing up after the events because they tried so hard and they were exhausted."

All the episodes were taped over a three week period at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. "we had to be sequestered and couldn't tell anyone what was going on."

Philps graduated Kennewick High in 1986 and was a standout track and field athlete, but still never figured to be competing like this.

"Never in a million years would I think I would go from Kennewick High to being on American Gladiators. In high school I was shy and there was no way I was gonna get out there and do and try stuff. But it changed and I realized 'why not' and I have a good time and I'm glad I do."

She's now a huge fan of the show, which is two episodes into it's second run. She calls it bigger and better than the original series. "The men we're gigantic. There's Wolf, there's Justice, and Mayhem. One of the women, Helga, you see her sitting on me."