October 04, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
Last One Standing takes six athletes (three American and three British)
and immerses them in the most remote tribes in the world. The six
athletes live alongside and train with indigenous tribespeople as they
prepare to represent their host tribe in raw and intense competition.
From death-defying Zulu stick fighting in South Africa to an arduous
foot race in the Mexican mountains (wearing only handmade sandals)
these men push their physical and mental limits to see who will be the
last warrior standing. This new 12-part series premieres Thursday,
October 4, at 9:00PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.
The diverse group of athletes includes a BMX rider, a strongman competitor, an Oxford University sportsman, a hiker and endurance athlete, a kickboxer, and a British all-rounder and fitness professional. Together they compete in an array of tribal games and rite of passage ceremonies, where competition is frequently a metaphor for war. Completely immersed in a tribal culture, the adventurers live among the village warriors to train and prepare for the battle that lies ahead, no concessions are made.
The competitors travel to Kalapalo, Brazil (wrestling); Zulu, South Africa (stick fighting); Tarahumara, Mexico (endurance running); Mongolia (wrestling); Trobriand Islands (tribal cricket); Sumi, Nagaland (Akikiti kickboxing); Senegal (wrestling); Papua, New Guinea (canoe racing); Brazil (Kraha log racing); Peru (glacial challenge); Java (martial arts); and Vanuatu (canoe racing).
The six competitors are Rajko, 29, a British all-rounder and former world record holder; Jason, 21, the 2006 Florida State BMX Champion; Richard, 21, an Oxford University sportsman who plays cricket, Rugby and croquet; Brad, 28, an American professional lightweight strongman; Mark, 26, a British salsa dancer and kickboxer; and Corey, 22, a hiker and endurance athlete.
The six athletes are from dramatically different regions and cultures themselves, and while forced to compete against each other, they also formed an unlikely brotherhood. For most of them, the journey was spiritual and emotional as well as competitive. As Corey from Alaska observes, "We came into this as a competition ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” we put on our game faces during the matches. But as soon as we’re done with that, we’re family." As well, the competitors formed strong bonds with their host tribal families. Brad from Oklahoma remarks of the Mongolian villagers, "They took us in like family and treated us like their adopted sons."