News: MCAS Miramar fitness guru wins game show
Story by Lance Cpl. Erica Kirsop
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRIMAR, Calif. -- “It was just so surreal, I couldn’t believe I had won,” said Mike Relucio, the fitness coordinator for the High Intensity Tactical Training Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “I had really just won “The Price is Right” and was going to be on [television].”
Relucio won the long-standing game show Nov. 29, after receiving an invitation to be part of the audience during his 10-year Sweetwater High School reunion in National City, Calif., Oct. 17.
“One of my friends asked if I wanted to join him and about 20 others to go on the show,” said Relucio. “I never thought I would be picked to participate, let alone win. I tried to be motivated and loud, because those are the people that usually get chosen, but I wasn’t even the loudest one.”
Relucio guessed the price of a high definition camcorder on the first attempt and was then sent to spin the show’s infamous wheel. The contestant with the spins closest to or equaling without exceeding the $1 amount advances to the Showcase Showdown portion of the television show.
After winning the wheel-round, Relucio then competed for both a new car and a trip to see the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships held in both France and Canada.
“I managed to spin the wheel for the highest amount and make it to the Showcase Showdown, where I just kept thinking this is crazy,” said Relucio. “While I didn’t win the car, I did win a seven-day trip for two to Nice, France and [Vancouver, British Columbia] in March. I plan on taking my wife and buying an extra ticket for my daughter so she can come too.”
While many might find the prize to be the best part of any game, Relucio claims being part of the show that he grew up watching was by far the most rewarding.
“Even if I hadn’t won, the coolest part was definitely just being on the same show I used to watch with my grandparents as a kid,” said Relucio. “It is crazy how the [The Price is Right] is one of those few shows you never get tired of. You watch it when you are little and when you get old. I never expected to get to be part of that. It was just incredibly surreal to know that I was going to be able to say I was on the same TV show I watched when I was a younger.”
The episode is set to air Jan. 27. Relucio cannot claim his prize until the episode is released, but is already planning the trip for himself and his family in the upcoming months.