'Wheel of Fortune’s' first special needs contestant Trent Girone, proves an inspiration to viewers as he fulfils his dream on the game show.
There’s been a few 'Wheel of Fortune' contestants recently that have caught the mainstream attention, (remember ‘new baby buggy’ guy), but none have captured viewer's hearts quite like Trent Girone.
Pat Sajak, the long running show's host
The 21 year old got to fulfil one of his dreams on Wednesday night when he became the first ever special needs contestant on the long running game show. Girone, an Arizona native, suffers from both Asperger's and Tourette's syndromes and has had nine brain surgeries in his life so far. A long time viewer, he described himself as a 'Wheel of Fortune' fanatic, having been watching the show since the age of two.
Although ultimately he didn't win the game, viewers rallied behind him as #TeamTrent trended on Twitter. He started out strong, solving the first puzzle, ‘a smashing success’, but eventually hit the dreaded bankrupt slot. Girone also proved his 'Wheel of Fortune' superfan status when host Pat Sajak asked him to name category that was no longer featured on the show. Correctly Girone answered ‘megaword’, which Sajak called the “worst category ever”.
In his blog post on the show’s website Girone wrote “I love the show and wanted to be part of its history. I thought I would do a great job at solving puzzles." Girone not only did a great job at solving puzzles, he also made history and inspired viewers along the way.
After his appearance Girone wrote it had been "one of the best days" of his life and thanked his fellow contestants and the show saying, “I have some physical challenges that they were aware of and they made sure I was safe and comfortable.”