DALLAS, TX (PIX11) — A New Jersey native shocked and inspired the country with her performance on American Ninja Warrior, proving anyone, no matter how small, can pull off incredible athletic feats if they only put their mind to it.
Kacy Catanzaro is only 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, and the first woman to complete the competition’s final formidable obstacle course.
Six million people watched her awesome achievement on live TV. Video of it online has nearly 7.5 million views as of Monday at noon.
“I want to do these things to prove to myself, but … I also wanted to make these big steps for everyone, for all the women out there and for everybody else that thinks that they can’t do something or that they have an excuse,” she told Vulture. “I’ve worked so hard and it’s been a dream come true.”
American Ninja Warrior is a TV competition of athletic skill in which contestants try to complete a vigorous obstacle course. The competition is a spin-off of the original Japanese show “Sasuke.”
Catanzaro previously competed as a gymnast at Towson University. After she graduated, she dedicated her time training for the fierce competition of American Ninja Warrior.
She trained for the next two years to compete as a Ninja, enlisting the help of her now-boyfriend Brent Steffensen, who also competes in ANW.
Her regimen included training four to six times a week, and practicing on her own obstacle courses at night.
She limited intake of any processed foods, grain and gluten. She loaded up on seafood and protein to make herself as light and strong as possible.
Watch her in action in the video above.