Peoria man makes 'Wheel of Fortune' history


by Jaime Cerreta

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Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 12:22 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- One of Peoria's own made history on "Wheel of Fortune."

Trent Girone became the very first special needs contestant on the show.

"I was really excited," Girone said.

He's a lifelong "Wheel" fan and has been watching since he was 2.

"Obviously, since I was 2 because of all the pretty colors, lights and sounds and hosts," Girone said.

He loved watching "Wheel of Fortune" whenever he could and some of that time was when he was recovering from surgeries. He's had nine brain surgeries in his 21 years and one open-heart surgery. He has Asperger's syndrome and Tourette's syndrome, but that's not stopping him from pursuing his dream.

"I wanted to be on so I could be part of Wheel's 31-year history," Girone said.

He won the puzzle at his audition at the University of Phoenix Stadium last year. Then in February, he was invited to be part of the show. That show aired Wednesday night. He won a puzzle and gained Twitter support with #teamtrent.

"I have to say thanks," Girone said. "It means a lot to me."

He walked away with $2,150.