Video: Why a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Has Gone Viral

May 2, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune” hosted a contestant whom the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker calls the show's “first inspirational contestant in quite awhile.”

The contestant is Trent Girone, a 21-year-old resident of Peoria, Arizona, who describes himself as a “Wheel of Fortune” fanatic. Girone is said to be "Wheel's" first special needs contestant.

“Girone has had nine brain surgeries and has both Asperger's and Tourette's syndromes, but that didn't stop him from taking early control of the wheel by successfully guessing the first puzzle, ‘a smashing success,’” the article notes.

It continues, “Girone ultimately didn't win the game — he hit the dreaded Bankrupt slot — but he won viewer hearts. He became a Twitter trend with #TeamTrent that made his appearance into a viral sensation.”

Here's a video report from ABC News:

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