Watch Kacy Catanzaro Make History On American Ninja Warrior

by Adam Smith
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Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman ever to not only best the qualifying course, but the finals course as well. Catanzaro, who was both a Division 1 gymnast and Gymnast of the Year at Towson University, is at a significant disadvantage from the get-go, mostly because of her size the course requires frequent maneuvers that involve using only your arms to progress, and at 5 feet tall (and 100 pounds), Catanzaro doesn’t have much of a wingspan. All that said, watching her absolutely demolish this course (seemingly without breaking a sweat) is one of the most inspiring things you’ll ever see.

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Catanzaro told reporters that she’s been training with her boyfriend (and fellow Ninja Warrior competitor) Brent Steffensen for the course specifically for about two years, doing a lot of body weights and circuit training, four to six days a week. To that, she adds casually: “And we’ll always try and do obstacles at night for a couple hours.” “It was just … overwhelming happiness,” Catanzaro says of her experience. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

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