Aggie wins "American Gladiators" and puts health degree to the test

American Gladiators Season 2 winner Tim Oliphant '97 talks with co-host Hulk Hogan after setting a second record in the Eliminator event. Credit: NBC Network
Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: August 07, 2008

While many Aggies still patiently await the day their school will bring home a national championship, one Aggie is celebrating his own “American Gladiator” championship.

Tim Oliphant ’97, who earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise technology from the Department of Health and Kinesiology, took home the top prize Monday (Aug. 4) in season two of the American Gladiators.

“I have always loved to compete,” he says. “I live for it!” 

“As a student in the health and kinesiology department, I became much more aware of my body and what I could do with it.” Tim adds. “I learned ways to push it harder and to more efficiently maximize results. I apply my education on a daily basis when training.”

Tim, a 33-year-old media director for Kanakuk Kamps in Branson, Mo., admits that he was always the little guy while growing up, but because of his size, he was constantly out to prove himself to others.

ot only was he the first Aggie on the show, but he had his hand in a number of other firsts as well, setting two speed records in the Eliminator and defeating the undefeated Titan in the Pyramid event.

Competing against top athletes in American Gladiators was like a dream come true,” Tim says. “The show was the most fun thing yet the hardest thing I've ever done, but every time I got on the arena floor, my adrenaline would drown the anxiety, and I'd be free to perform as best I could.”

Besides winning the competition for himself, Tim wanted to win the competition for the entire Aggie family.

"There is no school anywhere that has more loyalty and dedication to its students and former students than Texas A&M University,” he says. “It's just awesome to know that I have hundreds of thousands of supporters backing me up and cheering me on. No other school can hold a candle to the greatness of the 12th Man!”

Tim and fellow female winner, Ally Davidson from Dallas, Texas, will each receive $100,000 and a new Toyota Sequoia. Both will be back next season not as contenders, but as the newest American Gladiators.