Former ‘Figure It Out’ Host Summer Sanders Says She Found Out About Reboot on Twitter

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Despite a successful run as host of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out, Olympic champ Summer Sanders said she actually found out the network was reviving the popular ’90s game show on Twitter.

“I heard about Figure It Out coming back through Twitter,” Sanders told Celebuzz exclusively from London, while promoting Duracell’s Virtual Stadium, an online event that allows fans to communicate with the American athletes competing at the Summer Olympics. “I wasn’t notified that it was coming back. Which was a bit of bummer, because I loved that show; it was my favorite show I ever hosted.”

Figure It Out originally ran for four seasons on Nick, and featured a panel of four celebrity guests who would try to determine a contestant’s hidden talent, based on hidden words.

For years after it ended, in 2000, the show remained a point of nostalgia for many children of the ’90s — that is, until Nick announced in March that it would be bringing back the show with a new host, Jeff Sutphen.

Although Sanders — who won two Gold medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona — admits she was initially bummed about the news, she still looks back on her experience fondly. In fact, as she told Celebuzz, she’s totally up for a Figure It Out reunion.

“I would love to go back on!” she said. “I think they should have a reunion with Lori-Beth [Denberg] and Danny [Tamberelli] and all who have been slimed way too many times. We loved every second!”

In the meantime, Sanders is keeping very busy across the Pond, where she has teamed up with Duracell for its Virtual Stadium, a program she describes as “really exciting.”

“It’s really a chance for America to cheer on Team USA,” she said. “Although we’re a pond away, it’s an opportunity for Team USA to feel as if they have the home-court advantage.”

“It’s really easy: You go on and click on the Virtual Statdium. Or [you can] go on YouTube and send your text, your picture, your video — get creative. You can win a prize, the biggest prize knowing that you’re making an impact on the life of an Olympic athlete and getting them one step closer to their dream of winning a Gold medal.”

As for the London games itself, Sanders — who admits she still gets nostalgic every time she attends the Olympics — has high hopes for Team USA as it prepares to take on the pool.

“The international [swimming] competition has gotten really, really good over the past four years,” she said, “So I do think that Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps all have a chance to take home at least six medals each, and that is a crazy, incredible medal haul.”

“But they’re a lot of surprises,” she added. “Cullen Jones, I think, he even surprise himself with how well he did at the Olympic Trials, in the 50 and the 100-m [freestyle], and he can do that same thing over in London. So, it might be tougher this go-around, because the world has caught up a bit. But you’ll see USA on the podium quite a bit!”

For more on the Duracell Virtual Stadium, visit its official Facebook page.

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