Debbie Banaian


NICKNAME: Banaianator
HEIGHT: 5’3” / 160.02 cm
WEIGHT: 132 LBS. / 59.928 Kg
OCCUPATION: Middle School Teacher

PROFILE
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Debbie Banaian

NICKNAME: Banaianator

HEIGHT: 5’3”

WEIGHT: 132 LBS.

HOMETOWN: Manchester, New Hampshire

FAVORITE ARMWRESTLING TECHNIQUE: Toproll

RIVALRIES: Valerie Beach

YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: 3 years

FAMILY: She’s been married for 27 years with two smart and beautiful daughters.

WAL TITLES: WAL 2014 Finalist

EMPLOYMENT: She works at Merrimack Valley Middle School

HOBBIES: Powerlifting, hiking, and gardening

FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Static holds

INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: “I learned early if I wanted something, I had to work hard, because the golden platter just wasn’t in the cards.  Armwrestling kind of was a byproduct of my quest to be on CBS’s Survivor. I have tried out about 50 times over the last 13 years.  I’ve traveled over 30,000 miles to auditions across the country.  About 5 years ago, I decided to pump up my resume, and I fell back on my natural strength and entered a bench press contest.  After a couple of years I’d earned three RAW Powerlifting world records and decided to try something new.  I walked into a bar in Portland Maine and entered my first armwrestling tournament. That's where my journey begun. Although I love armwrestling and expect to continue until I can no longer, my quest for Survivor continues."   

UNIQUE FACT: “I am persistent and persevere! I want to be the Rhonda Rousey of armwrestling by leveling the playing field for women armwrestlers, equal opportunities and endorsements. The MMA rating soared after they took the risk and contracted women. Although winning has given me hope, my motivator is the mental image of losing. She is my own private trainer at the gym screaming ‘ONE MORE REP!’”

MOTTO: “Quitting is for losers, and as long you keep trying you haven’t failed.”

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