“DWTS” Season 24: First Cast Members Announced!
Lawrence Tureaud aka Mr. T
Born May 21, 1952 is an American actor and retired professional wrestler known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s-television series “The A-Team” and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. Mr. T is known for his distinctive African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. In 2006 he starred in I Pity the Fool, a reality show shown on TV Land. The title of the show comes from the famous catchphrase used by his character, Clubber Lang.
While he was in his late twenties, Tureaud won two tough-man competitions consecutively. The first aired as “Sunday Games” on NBC-TV under the contest of “America’s Toughest Bouncer” which included throwing a 150-pound (68 kg) stuntman, and breaking through a 4-inch (10 cm) wooden door. For the first event, Tureaud came in third place. For the end, two finalists squared off in a boxing ring for a two-minute round to declare the champion. Making it to the ring as a finalist, his opponent was a 280-pound (130 kg) Honolulu bouncer named Tutefano Tufi. Within twenty seconds “Mr. T” gave the six foot five competitor a bloody nose, and later a bloody mouth. He won the match and thus the competition. The second competition was aired under the new name “Games People Play” on NBC-TV. When interviewed by Bryant Gumbel before the final boxing match, Mr. T. said, “I just feel sorry for the guy who I have to box. I just feel real sorry for him. This fight was scheduled to last three rounds, but Mr. T finished it in less than 54 seconds. Sylvester Stallone’s line, “I don’t hate him but…I pity the fool” in the movie “Rocky III” is reputed to have been inspired by the interview.
Simone Arianne Biles
Born March 14, 1997 is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medalist. She was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the “Final Five” at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also won the bronze medal for the balance beam during the Olympics. Biles is a three-time world all-around champion (2013–15), three-time world floor champion (2013–15), two-time world balance beam champion (2014, 2015), four-time United States national all-around champion (2013–16), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014 and 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, taking over from Shannon Miller, who had held this record since 1996. With her win in Rio, Biles became the sixth woman to have won an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. With four Olympic gold medals, Biles set an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games.
Written By Mr. Ballroom
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