Kacy Catanzaro completes the wall challenge on American Ninja Warrior's July 14 episode.
Peter Larsen—NBC
By Joan E. Greve
July 16, 2014

Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to qualify for the final round of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior on Monday night, dropping jaws around the world.

The 5-feet-tall, 100-pound gymnast passed four intense obstacles that tested her upper body strength and her small frame to the maximum, including the “log grip” and the “salmon ladder.”

“I’ve seen greatness during my NFL career,” said ANW host and former NFL defensive end Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. “And I’ve been in awe of people, but I am really in awe of Kacy.”

“We are seeing one of the greatest competitors—man or woman—we have ever seen in America Ninja Warrior,” added his co-host Matt Iseman.

The hashtag #mightykacy trended worldwide on Twitter, and Catanzaro herself tweeted her thanks to friends and fans.

Catanzaro will next compete in the ANW final in Las Vegas.

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