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Buffalonian to compete in reality survival series 'American Tarzan'

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Colden’s Mark Bouquin recently won $250,000 after being a co-winner of the Fox reality series “American Grit.”

Can another Western New Yorker become “American Tarzan”?

Jeremy Guarino of Buffalo is one of seven challengers competing on the remote Caribbean Island of Dominica in the Discovery Channel series, “American Tarzan,” that premieres at 10 p.m. July 6. It arrives five days after another Tarzan movie, "The Legend of Tarzan," premieres in movie theaters.

Discovery described Guarino as a small business owner from Buffalo with a superpower of “super agility.”

If his name sounds familiar, Guarino was the first winner of the Buffalo Ninja Warrior contest in July of 2014.

Jeremy Guarino climbs a tree in a publicity shot from Discovery Channel.

Jeremy Guarino climbs a tree in a publicity shot from Discovery Channel.

In a September, 2014 story, Buffalo News reporter Scott Scanlon wrote that Guarino “embodies the obstacle model. Strong, flexible and sinewy, his Build a Machine Fitness center on Niagara Falls Boulevard offers a mix of training styles that includes interval, circuit, Olympic weightlifting, small gymnastics, parkour and yoga. He excels on the 'Salmon Ladder,’ an obstacle that for many ‘American Ninja Warrior’ contestants is the most challenging of them all."

A Discovery release noted that  Guarino "is a jack-of-all-trades, who competes in Ninja Warrior, practices yoga, does parkour, runs, swims, bikes, practices martial arts, and all kinds of climbing. He’s a well-rounded athlete."

"Family is important to Jeremy. He lives with his mother, where he helps to raise his two teenage brothers. He does everything he can to be good role model. After his best friend passed away when he was 22, Jeremy acquired a new outlook on life.  His motto is, 'Give it your all –you may never have a second chance.' Jeremy had intense survival training through SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School. It prepared him to survive in any situation, and survive without food for three days. He says, 'The body won’t quit – only the mind will, if you let it.'"

The Discovery release added that challengers in “American Tarzan” "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.”

Guarino is bound to get much more air time on "American Tarzan" than Dan Liburd did on “American Ninja Warrior” on Monday night.

Liburd, a member of the Buffalo Bills strength and conditioning staff, was on for about 10 seconds of the two-hour NBC program. He must have done pretty well to get to the fifth and hardest obstacle, but the program only showed his fall.

It is difficult to understand some of the editing decisions of the program.

At the start Monday night, it showed a pair of wrestling twins identified as being from Fayetteville, Ark. One brother, Max Soria, said being a twin “is like having a built-in best friend. We are always there for each other.”

You might have expected Max and his brother Mike would have performed on the program. They didn’t.

During the program, the University at Buffalo athletic department tweeted that the Sorias wrestled for UB.

After the program ended, UB Athletics tweeted that Mike Soria finished 12th and qualified for the next round. Maybe we’ll see him then and hear more of the twins’ story.

Evander Kane coverage update: Channel 4 continues to ride the celebrity story about the accusations against the Buffalo Sabres star, leading its 11 p.m. newscast Monday with it. Since details of the accusations by two women became available from police reports, the update was needed. Of course, any accusation in which a pro athlete is accused of misbehavior involving women is news.

But you can question its placement at the top of the newscast, especially after hearing what attorney Terry Connors, who serves as Channel 4’s legal expert, said about the situation.

As speculated here Monday, Connors said the accusations are a violation and not a crime. He added that very often when “such a low-level offense is being alleged,” complainants don’t want to be involved.

At 11 p.m. Monday, Channel 2 placed the story third and had anchor Maryalice Demler read a brief voiceover.


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