Kacy Catanzaro Qualifies For Mt. Midoriyama
By Space Coast Daily // July 18, 2014
American Ninja Warrior first woman to qualify
Champion collegiate gymnast Kacy Catanzaro crushed it on American Ninja Warrior earlier this week, conquering the finals course in Dallas, Texas to become the first woman in history to qualify for “Mt. Midoriyama,” a 70-foot steel structure that only the top competitors get the chance to conquer.
The 5-foot, 100-pound, Catanzaro is a former Towson University gymnast, and has had an impressive run on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
“I would say that my weight is an advantage because I’m light, so I don’t have to hold up as much weight,” she told Vulture.
“But I think that my height and my size is definitely a disadvantage because my arms are a lot shorter when it comes to reaching things, my legs are a lot shorter when it comes to jumping to things, stuff like that.”
Catanzaro will face other competitors in Las Vegas as she tries to become the first person to win “American Ninja Warrior.”
No one has ever completed the Mt. Midoriyama course in the five-season history of the U.S. program, which is based on the Japanese competition known as “Sasuke,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
During her time as a gymnast at Towson, Catanzaro was named the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year.