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Athena Lazo from "The Hero" is one of the contestants in the TNT action-packed reality competition series. She is a former NFL cheerleader who currently serves as a community relations director for a fitness academy. She says her motto in life is "Love, laugh and breathe, because you're never stuck in any place or situation."

Some might wonder what could possibly make a former professional cheerleader a hero. But dig a little deeper. Athena Lazo has been taking care of her brother ever since they
Athena Lazo in "The Hero"
Athena Lazo The Hero
were kids, and she's not going to let anyone or anything stand in her way. She believes she is a hero because she puts aside her problems in order to be there for others during their struggles. Athena faced adversity at a young age and that experience has made her more independent.

Here is an interview with Athena ("The Hero"):

What do you think it means to be a hero?

A hero never quits. A hero starts at the bottom and earns his/her way to the top. When a hero gets knocked down, they get back up. They are solid in their principles and their decisions and they never live their days with regret. A hero will give the shirt off of their back despite what they need at the time.

What's the most important quality that a hero must possess?

A hero must be self-sacrificing. A hero will always be willing to take a beating for the benefit of others.

When did you first realize you have what it takes to be a hero?

My brother was diagnosed with a brainstem tumor at the age of 4. He was not supposed to live past the age of 9 … He turned 26 this year. He fought; he fights every day. I became his guide; his stability. I've always been my brother's protector and guardian. When my brother suffered a stroke a couple months ago, I realized at that point that I needed to be his hero. I proved to myself that I had what it took to stay strong; to not cry in front of him. I had what it took to feed him and help him walk again. His entire life, he's looked up to me, expecting me to show him the ways and lead him, but he has taught me more than he will ever know about life and bravery. He is the most solid man I know. I realized I was a hero when the hero in my life needed aid from me.

What's your biggest strength?

My selflessness.

What's your biggest weakness?

My inability to love myself judgment free. I am my own worst enemy.

You vs. The Rock: What would be the outcome?

He'd give in and fall in love with my charming personality and witty sense of humor, and if that didn't happen, I'd willingly throw myself into his big man arms.

If your life was an action movie, what would it be called?

"Fist of Fashion."

What are three things you couldn't live without?

Love, family and music.

What's your biggest fear?

Being abandoned; left alone.

What's your guilty pleasure?

Ben and my main man, Jerry!

What accomplishment in life are you the most proud of?

I am most proud of my retirement from the NFL. At times, I never thought I'd be able to get through my years as a New England Patriots Cheerleader, but when I received my retirement ring, I knew I had done it!

What's your biggest motivator?

I never give up because my brother, mother and grandparents taught me to never give up. I am motivated by family, love (the most complete and important emotion) and education. The thought that you can never stop learning is pure amazement to me.

Who's your hero?

My big brother, Dhosi, is my hero.

What would be your theme song?

"TNT" by AC/DC

Why did you want to be on this show?

I wanted to be my big brother's legs and voice on "The Hero." He is the most heroic man I know, and after he suffered from a brainstem tumor, medical complications & a stroke before the age of 26, I knew I had to do this for him.

What gets your adrenaline pumping (e.g. are you a skydiver? Whitewater rafter? Afraid of public speaking, etc.)

New love gets my adrenaline pumping. You can't beat that on-top-of-the-world feeling.


Where does Athena Lazo live? Find out here.

Age: ∼28 years old
Current Residence: Worcester, MA

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