Kacy Catanzaro: America’s First Female American Ninja Warrior?

If you haven’t seen this video yet that has been going around, you should totally check it out.

I remember watching American Ninja Warrior sometimes when Dominic was little and I was nursing him a lot still. I had never heard of it before then, but it was very intriguing. The courses were difficult and to watch people do them was incredible. Not only did it take strength, but it took coordination, timing, and many other skills as well. It’s more than just a strong man competition.

And until recently, until Kacy Catanzaro, no woman had ever made it this far. I’ve seen a lot of men try it and fail sooner. On top of that, she makes it look pretty easy too, like it’s nothing to her. And to me, that’s pretty cool. I think our culture sends us a lot of messages about what women are and are not capable of. And too often the message is that women are not strong. That message is ridiculous for a number of reasons, but yet it continues to exist. Women are viewed more often as delicate, fragile creatures than they are viewed as people of strength. It’s kind of mind-boggling to me, as women and men are different, but that doesn’t mean that women can’t be strong. They can do immensely strong things – sometimes obvious feats of strength, like Kacy Catanzaro, and sometimes less obvious feats of strength, moments that can be more private like childbirth or advocating for your child with special needs. Not all strength is outward or seen.

But some strength is and sometimes it can be measured. And women can do remarkably more in sports than they are ever given the credit for. In writing this blog I’ve come across women who have made firsts in the world of sports – like Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Look at where we’ve come since then and how many women run the Boston Marathon now. Sometimes you just need to be given a chance to shine, but so many of our cultural ideas work against us in that respect. Women, in history and in the present day, are repeatedly told they can’t do something and very often are never even given the chance at trying. How do you know that someone can’t do something if you never even let them try to do it? That goes for all people.

It makes me think of this Always commercial.

Girls can be strong. They can do amazing things. They just need to be given a chance to show what they can do. I’m sure there are many people who told Kacy that there was no way she could make it this far in American Ninja Warrior, that she should just give up, but she didn’t, she kept going and she did it. I would not be surprised at all if she was the winner at the end of it. If she doesn’t win, I expect that she’ll come very close.

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