PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Power Triumph Games, a TV series in which 10 U.S. military veteran athletes competed to win a $50,000 cash prize and prove they are triumphant, concluded last night with Army vet Michael Gallardo taking first place overall and Marine vet Lakin Booker winning the "Character Does Matter Award."
In the three-part mini-series which aired on CBS Sports Network, the athletes - each of whom has risen above catastrophic injuries to excel in their sports - demonstrated that their military training is at the core of their extraordinary ability to adapt, overcome and succeed. The competition was staged at the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, where the athletes faced eight physical and mental challenges, each designed based on challenges that West Point cadets must complete to graduate. The challenges were not modified, and challenged the athletes to dig deep and show they can compete at an extraordinary level. The challenges were PT Challenge, Underwater Challenge, The Rock Wall Challenge, Indoor Obstacle Course Test, Terracross Race, Outdoor Obstacle Course Challenge, Courage and Strength Challenge, and West Point Race. Retired Army Sgt. Michael Gallardo, 31, of San Antonio, TX, won first place and a cash prize of $50,000 after completing all eight challenges and finishing with the top score.