Sometimes, when you go home to visit, you end up reading the Wikipedia page for “American Gladiators” and discovering that Danny Manning appeared on a special gold medalists episode of the show that aired on June 1, 1993. That leads you to realize that this was during the summer in between his two All-Star appearances, making you think this could be one of the most impressive 24 month runs of athletic achievement in the history of sport, even though he was only a bronze medalist when the other two male competitors had taken home gold.

But then you find out that said appearance is on YouTube and that Danny Manning is garbage at Atlasphere and that his true peak was probably that time he was an NCAA All-American three straight seasons then won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics. That definitely sounds more peak-y, but I think we can all agree that whooping Nitro, Gemini and the rest of the gang would have been Danny’s crowning achievement.

Comments (6)

  1. Especially since Danny Manning didn’t win the gold medal at the 1988 olympics. (Unless he plays a sport other than basketball.)

  2. I felt like danny really left a lot on the table out there… could have easily had 3 scores…danny should have went on GUTS instead.

  3. Those were also the two years the Clippers got into the playoffs, and had a better record than the Lakers during that post-Magic, pre-Shaq era. So yeah, probably is the greatest time period in his life.

  4. I had no idea that Danny Manning was Russian.

  5. Good catch, guys. Vacation has dulled my senses. Updated.

  6. I want to see a 1993 Shaq in one of those.

    In fact, I’d like to see the NBA add this to the All-star weekend.

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