Kacy Catanzaro Talks ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Accomplishment, Future Aspirations
Kacy Catanzaro made history July 14 when she became the first woman to complete the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, landing herself a spot in the finals.
The former NCAA gymnast told Entertainment Weekly the outpouring of support she’s received following her victory has been amazing.
Fans and celebrities have been giving shout-outs to the triumphant athlete — including a congratulatory video from her gymnastics hero, 2008 Olympic All-Around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.
But there is still one person Catanzaro would love to hear from — Arrow star Stephen Amell, a self-proclaimed Ninja Warrior superfan, who has worked out with Catanzaro’s boyfriend and trainer Brent Steffensen. Catanzaro said she loves Amell’s Superhero Workout workout video, noting that “his form is just tip-top. Maybe he could teach me some things. I wouldn’t hate that.”
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The nearly 10-minute finals course included balancing obstacles, the salmon ladder and the much-dreaded spider climb.
Catanzaro said she dreams of becoming a stuntwoman.
“Definitely,” said Catanzaro. “My boyfriend Brent, he’s been a stuntman for like five years. Every time I watch him, I’m like, ‘I would love to do that,’ but it is so hard to get into.”
She admitted it’s not easy to become a stuntwoman, noting that some people can be in Hollywood for up to 10 years and still not crack into the competitive stunt industry.
“I do hope that some people will notice me and this might get me in that world. I want to do that sometime soon,” she said.
Catanzaro also suggested she might marry Steffensen in Vegas if she wins the final, maybe using an Elvis impersonator.
“I’m not going to say we didn’t joke about it,” she said.
Image via Kacy Catanzaro, Twitter