Kacy Catanzaro was the first female to conquer the Warped Wall and qualify for the finals of the sports challenge show American Ninja Warrior last season. It was a huge achievement for her personally but as she said, “I had no idea how much the world would care.” Although she didn’t win the competition (damn you, Jumping Spider!), she said “It’s been an awesome ride since then.” The former gymnast will try it again at the Houston qualifiers on June 8 (8pm, ABC).
She might be small (4’11”) but she’s strong! The 25-year-old graduate of Towson University is nicknamed ‘The Mighty Kacy.’ And on top of her strength is genuine inspiration. She recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “When someone comes up to me in an airport or grocery store and says that I’m the reason they’re getting up off the couch, that’s my favorite kind of feedback. If you can inspire just one person, then I feel like you’ve done a good job.” American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8pm on NBC.