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Virgilio (Billy) Garcia
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Adam Nichols, writing for the New York Daily News
September 10, 2006: Adam Nichols, staff writer for the New York Daily News, profiles Billy (along with the other New York-linked contestants, Rebecca and Yul):

Virgilio (Billy) Garcia, a heavy metal guitarist and former Marine, might have the look of a tough guy, but to his New York friends the Hispanic team member is a big softy.
   'He is a really nice guy, a sweetheart,' said friend Todd Macaluso, 25. 'One of the nicest guys you'll meet.'
    But behind the friendly guy persona lurks a hardcore survival instinct Macaluso says will give the Hispanic team a definite boost. A karate, judo and wrestling expert, Inwood resident Garcia, 36, served as a Marine in the first Gulf War.
   'He's extremely well trained to handle anything Survivor throws at him,' said Macaluso, who works in the Astoria studio where Garcia's band, Forsakken, rehearses. 'He's going to be really hard to beat. If I was in a Survivor-type situation, he would definitely be on a short list of people I would want on my team.' "

Official CBS site for Survivor: Cook Islands
August 23, 2006: Officially revealed as a Survivor: Cook Islands contestant on CBS's The Early Show. From his official CBS bio:

   "Virgilio "Billy" Garcia was born in New York and moved to Miami when he was seven years old. He began studying karate, judo and wrestling at age 12. While lying sick in bed when he was 15, he heard the song "Juke Box Hero" on the radio and began to entertain the idea of becoming a rock and roll musician. He saved his lunch money and eventually bought his first electric guitar.

When he was 22 years old, Garcia sold most of his belongings and returned to New York to pursue a career in music. While playing in several local bands, Garcia was also pursuing a career in wrestling and, in 1997, won a silver medal at the Amateur Athletic Union Wrestling National Championships.
    Garcia is currently a heavy metal guitarist and songwriter with the band Forsakken. He also continues to pursue professional wrestling under the name "Spanish Fly." He previously worked as a manager of a video store, a club bouncer and a music store sales representative. He attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is a former U.S. Marine.
    Garcia is trained in the martial arts. His hobbies include playing guitar, wrestling, karate, softball and judo. He is most proud of winning his AAU National Championship medal. His hero is Kurt Angle for winning an Olympic gold medal in wrestling with a broken neck.
    Garcia currently resides in New York. His birth date is April 22, 1970."
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