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Cleveland.com's Printer-Friendly Page: "Local bodybuilder hits the big time as a regular on NBC's American Gladiators'
Local bodybuilder hits the big time as a regular on NBC's athletic-contest show
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Evelyn Theiss
Plain Dealer Reporter

Valerie Waugaman is used to showing off her ripped-yet-feminine physique at figure-bodybuilding competitions around the country.

But starting Sunday night, the whole country can tune in to view not only her strength, but her tough-girl sexiness as she portrays Siren, one of television's new 'American Gladiators.'

Waugaman's body has landed her in the spotlight a few times. The 29-year-old, a co-owner of downtown Cleveland's healthy Octane Cafe, has been a cover model for such magazines as Flex and Oxygen. She's also competed in top national figure-bodybuilding contests, such as the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus and the Figure Olympia, held in Las Vegas in 2007.

This re-invention of the 'American Gladiators,' which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on WKYC Channel 3 (NBC), pits amateur contestants against Gladiator athletes in a variety of challenges. Events include the Joust, the Wall and Hang Tough (a series of rings strung on a cable over water; contestants try to get to the other side while fighting off the Gladiators.)

After Sunday's debut, the show will air at 8 p.m. Mond"

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