Discovery Searches for the Next "American Tarzan"

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02 July 2016
American Tarzan
Courtesy of Discovery
"American Tarzan"
Premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 10 PM ET/PT on Discovery
          On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature’s most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it. 
         There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every resource within reach to stay alive. That era may be gone but there are still men and women who blaze though the forest, swim the raging rapids, and spend their days in the treetops.
          In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth.  They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.
          After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them.  Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.

          Seven will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica, but only one will become American Tarzan.
The competitors include:

Brandon Morrison Brandon Morrison
HOMETOWN:  Seattle, Wash.
JOB: Personal Trainer
SUPERPOWER: Super Strength – Can lift over 600 pounds.
Derek Knutson Derek Knutson
HOMETOWN:  Hayward, Wis.
JOB:  Professional Timber Sports Athlete
SUPERPOWER: Speed Climber – Can climb a 6 story tree in 14 seconds.
Kim Liszka
Kim Liszka
HOMETOWN:  Macungie, Pa.
JOB:  Emergency Room Nurse
SUPERPOWER: Super Stamina. Can run 26 miles uphill without stopping.
Maria Herrera
Maria Herrera
HOMETOWN:  San Diego, Calif.
JOB:  Bartender
SUPERPOWER: Upper Body Strength – Can climb two story rope in under 20 seconds.
Tom Olsen Tim Olsen
HOMETOWN:  Boulder, Colo.
JOB:  Stay at Home Dad
SUPERPOWER: Super Endurance– can run 100+ miles without stopping.
Tim Reames Tim Reames
HOMETOWN:  Austin, Texas
JOB:  Security Contractor
SUPERPOWER: Feels No Pain – Military training taught him to overcome through mental conditioning.
Jeremy Guarino
Jeremy Guarino
HOMETOWN:  Buffalo, N.Y.
JOB:  Small Business Owner
SUPERPOWER: Super Agility – Parkour Master

American Tarzan
Courtesy of Discovery

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