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.
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.
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.
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.
Jazz (the Second)
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.