Picabo Street to again earn her stripes


NBC has announced a new competition series “Stars Earn Stripes,” featuring former U.S. Ski Team member Picabo Street, among others.

The special operatives will train their celebrity teammate and compete alongside them in a fierce competition that will benefit national veterans, service and first-responder charities.

Hosted by General Wesley Clark (retired) and Samantha Harris, “Stars Earn Stripes” is an “action-packed competition show that pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services,” according to NBC.

Street won gold medals in super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and in downhill at the 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. She also won World Cup downhill season titles in 1995 and 1996, and in doing so was the first American woman to accomplish such a feat.

In addition to Street, the cast includes four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (Out of Time, Five Days of War), actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews (The Expendables 2, The Newsroom), celebrity Nick Lachey, Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince and WWE Diva Eve Torres.

The eight celebrities will gather at a remote training facility, where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into water to long-range weapons fire, the contestants will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally, according to NBC.

Each will be paired with a special operative from a military branch or one of our first-responder forces, including former U.S. Army Delta Force and Green Berets, U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Marines and police officers, who train alongside their partners and compete in the missions with them.

“We are honored to have such an extraordinary gathering of our nation’s military and first-responders join us on ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ to participate, mentor and challenge our celebrity competitors,” said Paul Telegdy, a spokesperson for NBC. “It is humbling to think what these men have endured in their efforts to protect us and we cannot thank them enough for their service to this country.”

Each of the teams is competing for a cash prize on behalf of a military, veterans or first-responder charity. The series will air on Mondays and is set to premiere Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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