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'Wheel of Fortune' contestant loses the game, wins the audience over

'Wheel Of Fortune' Contestant Loses The Game, Wins Everyone's Hearts

An Arizona man became a Wheel of Fortune favorite this week.

21-year-old Trent Girone has Tourettes and Asperger's Syndrome. He's also survived nine brain surgeries and open-heart surgery. The contestant started strong, winning $1,000 after successfully guessing the first puzzle.

Trent says he's been following the game show since he was just 2 years old, so it's no surprise he could answer a little unexpected trivia successfully, as well.

Pat: "They tell me you know pretty much anything there is to know about Wheel of Fortune."

Trent: "Well pretty much anything yeah."

Pat: "Ok, I'm gonna try ya. Can you name a category that we used to have that we no longer have on the show?"

Trent: "Mega Word!"

Pat Sajak was delighted, and he told Trent that he really couldn't stand that category.

Trent was even a smashing success on social media. Throughout the night, the hashtag "#TeamTrent" was trending.

Trent went on to guess one more puzzle correctly, but then spun bankrupt with just three letters to go on the final puzzle.

He also offered some advice to future contestants on his profile, saying, "... relax and have a good time. It is a lot of fun, whether you win big or not. That is my number one guarantee."

The Huffington Post notes that Trent is the first contestant with special needs in the show's 6,000-episode history.

Check out Trent's entire blog post below:

I decided to be a contestant because I have been a fan of the show since I was at least two years of age. I love the show and wanted to be part of its history. I thought I would do a great job at solving puzzles.

I have applied to be on the show at every opportunity, from "Face of the Fan" to the recent Wheelmobile event at the University of Phoenix Stadium in March 2013. I believe I was chosen from that event when I enthusiastically solved the slogan "L'eggo my Eggo".

After being notified that I would be a contestant after my final May audtition at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, I watched every single episode I could, incluing Saturday morning reruns of the past season episodes. I also played the game on every available platform as often as possible.

The first thing my family and friends said when I found out I was going to be on the show was of course, congratulations, and they also asked when it would air. Then they told me that I would do great, and that they were very proud of me.

Meeting Pat, during the third taping of the day I was on the show, was as awesome and amazing as it could be. I even mentioned the infamous category, "Megaword". However, I did not get to talk to Vanna, but sure wish I had been able to!

While on camera, I was very relaxed and focused the whole time, and did my best to be myslef and make sure not to call any lettrs already called.

My best advice to future contestants is to relax and have a good time. It is a lot of fun, whether you win big or not. That is my number one guarantee.

I want to thank all of the contestant staf for taking the time to help me, and would like to thanks Pat Sajak for his assistance, as well. I have some physical challenges that they were aware of and they made sure I was safe and comfortable.

February 27, 2014 was one of the BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE! Thanks, Wheel of Fortune!

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Char May 02 2014 at 10:43 AM

I give Wheel of Forune a lot of credit for having Trent on the show. He is a hero for just going on the show. Good job, Trent!

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vincent.barnes1 May 01 2014 at 9:55 PM

Keeping it calm and cool .great job

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corvetime May 01 2014 at 9:37 PM

I have a 30 year old daughter that is very impared, can't talk, hear, walk, talk, but gives me a beautiful smile everyday.my wife and I love he SO much, To see someone on the wheel with a small disability having fun was FANTASTIC Thanks robert

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wlh1923 corvetime May 02 2014 at 12:03 AM

Yeah, but does she have a bad bowl cut as bad as that one?

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sakwyc wlh1923 May 02 2014 at 12:30 AM


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dpell37 May 01 2014 at 9:30 PM

congratulations to Wheel of Fortune to offer a special person like Trent to be on their show.We want to see real people of all kinds to play the game. He was great. I only
wish he could have won more money. I think he would have solved the final puzzle
if he had the opportunity. Keep up the good work Trent. Your personality is contagious.

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BwoodBobCat May 01 2014 at 9:29 PM

You were an awesome contestant. I am sorry you did not win. You were a bright spot in my day.

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Angela May 01 2014 at 8:29 PM

A young man with a great personality! =)

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Dr. Cal Harris May 01 2014 at 8:15 PM

I saw the show last night and the joy in this young man's face and actions. I thought Pat was fantastic in his interaction with this young man.

This young man is a winner and I pray that he continues to challenge himself.

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mattliss May 01 2014 at 8:05 PM

thought trent was so lovable...just awesome....very bright young man..loved by all

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slloyd414 May 01 2014 at 7:47 PM

I am sorry I missed that episode!

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George slloyd414 May 01 2014 at 10:48 PM

Watch it on youtube.

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mexicanjuan36 May 01 2014 at 9:59 PM

very cool-watched the show-great to have variety on there-loved how respectful Pat was...

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spanker mexicanjuan36 May 01 2014 at 10:09 PM

Pat, like your friends with the man. Have a taco

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