15-year-old Addy Herman is a former ANW Junior competitor who was one of the teen competitors featured in the current season of ANW13. In this episode, Addy shares her experiences with NNL, competing as a teen against adults, grip gauntlets, and why she has really been focusing on honing her mental game.
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Ninja moms, moms-to-be, or future moms: this episode is for you! Ever wondered how you can balance motherhood and family life with the demands of Ninja training? Lindsay Eskildsen did, and she’s here to talk with Cara about how she took a break from Ninja to focus on family and motherhood, her return to competition and ANW, her life as a new mom, and her advice to women and moms who still want to pursue their passions and dreams.
This presentation was given by Cara Mack and Mary Leighton at the National Ninja League World Finals in partnership with NinjaWorks. Our presentation discusses data that we have seen this past season in NNL season 6, as well as thoughts of how to progress the sport of ninja for females.
We encourage questions, comments, and feedback. Cara is actively discussing with NNL to express the opinion and concerns of the female community and to propose changes for next season.
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Meet Megan, the axe-throwing ninja! Megan’s first season on ANW was Season 11, and she’s been involved with ninja for 3 years. In this episode, we’ll talk about her experiences on the show, her axe collection & how she got into axe throwing, defining your worth as an athlete and as a ninja, and the importance of growing the sport outside of the show.
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Isabella Wakeham has been a part of the ninja community for a while, both on ANW Jr. and on ANW season 13. In this episode, Cara and Isabella talk about how delaying from season 12 to 13 affected her, her relationship with her ninja brother, the story behind her outfit, dealing with disappointment and failure, what was going through her mind while she was on the course, and her advice to teenage ninjas.
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Megan Budway is an elementary school music teacher and a rookie on American Ninja Warrior season 13. Megan grew up singing in chorus and theater and later became a classical vocalist singing opera. Besides discussing Megan's musical life, Cara talks to Megan about athlete identity and why it is important to understand who you are as a person outside of ninja.
Zuri Hall has been the sideline host on American Ninja Warrior for 3 seasons. Learn how she landed her spot as host and what it's like interviewing for Access Hollywood.
In this episode, Zuri shares all the behind-the-scenes secrets from American Ninja Warrior about wardrobe, the interview process for ANW, what is in her on-set trailer, her favorite ninjas, and more!
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Meagan Martin is an 8-time competitor on American Ninja Warrior who has LOT to say about females crushing it on the course. Today she shares her passion for supporting girls and women in sports.
We discuss her article on ESPN from 2019 about retaining girls in sports, what she values about coed competition on ANW, what is special about competing female-only, and advice to other ninjas.
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Ready to crush the competition and looking forward to the National Ninja League New England Regionals?!
Ultimate Obstacles is setting up a competition experience to remember. Today we talk with Robert Perry, Mary Leighton, Beth Gionfriddo from the UO team about their course design philosophy and what to expect at regionals.
This is MORE than just a competition; it's an event you don't want to miss!