Meet Kacy Catanzaro, who is not only a real-life ninja, but the first woman to qualify for the national finals round of ”American Ninja Warrior,” a series that challenges athletes/ninjas to attempt the toughest obstacle courses in the world. After killing it in the regional finals in Dallas (above), she’s headed to Las Vegas for the show’s national challenge, where she’ll take on a four-stage obstacle course modeled after Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.
At only five-feet tall, Catanzaro, who is nicknamed “Mighty Kacy,” tops her small size with sheer strength (as a fellow short girl I’m totally swooning). Beyond qualifying for finals, she’s also the first female competitor to scale the “Warped Wall” obstacle on the series. The wall requires athletes to scale a 17-foot-high curved wall — a pretty epic challenge for someone less than a third as tall! Keep reading »
As anyone who has ever not been able to pull a pair of jeans up higher than their knee can tell you: skinny jeans and most current cuts of denim are certainly not made for people whose thighs are larger than, say, a salami. Athletes, especially, struggle with finding flattering, comfortable jeans that properly fit their muscular legs. A group of gym rats in Nevada decided to do something to change that, so they started Barbell Apparel, a premium denim company that makes what they call, “the anti-thigh gap jeans.” Made specially to accommodate muscular thighs, with a bit of stretch and quality construction, Barbell tested the demand for their product with a Kickstarter page. Their goal was to raise $15,000 to get things up and running. So far, they’ve raised $312,000 and counting. Hmm … apparently this was a long overdue idea or something? I’m very excited to see the finished product and how, if at all, mainstream denim brands will respond to Barbell’s instant popularity. Want to know more? Check out Barbell’s Kickstarter video after the jump!
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Today in “headlines that prove that God exists”: Jose Canseco was pulled over in Nevada while transporting a couple of diaper-wearing goats. Canseco tweeted a photo of the incident today, insisting the cops got a kick out of the whole thing. When questions began arising about, you know, why on earth he was driving around with a car full of diapered goats, he clarified the situation as eloquently as possible: Keep reading »
Sometimes I think about how cool it would be to do a back handspring, but then I get kind of dizzy and I have to sit down and swear to myself I won’t think about it again for a long time. An Atlanta high school cheerleader named Mikayla Clark has a very different approach to thinking about back handsprings: she thinks about them, and then she does them, and then she thinks about breaking the Guinness World Record for most consecutive back handsprings, and she does it. Last week, 16-year-old Clark shattered the world record by doing 44 back handsprings in a row — I repeat, IN A ROW — at Westlake High School’s homecoming football game. You must watch this video of her feat, because it’s insane. Like a much bouncier and more flexible Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going and going… [People]
Boobs are great for a lot of things. But as anyone who has at least average-sized breasts has probably noticed, sports are not one of those things. Breasts pose a problem for athletes for several reasons. First, they are extra weight to slow down competitors. Boobs can get in the way of a golf, tennis, or volleyball swing. They also bounce and accelerate at a different speed from the rest of the body. This bouncing is not only painful, but can also be embarrassing, especially for girls going through puberty. That’s probably one reason why there is such a decline in female athletic participation from the beginning of middle school to the end of high school.
Take ESPN’s tale: Katherine Switzer became the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon in 1967 when the sports bra had yet to be invented. She was warned that the repetitive motion could cause her breasts to atrophy and her uterus to fall out of her vagina. Yikes! Obviously, this was a pile of crap. Neither of these things happened, but she was certainly uncomfortable running in just a standard fashion bra under a T-shirt. Nearly 50 years later, we have yet to perfect the sports bra so that women with larger cup sizes can compete in the sports that they love without complication.
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“I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that. What people overlook is that this isn’t a sex issue, it’s a love issue. There’s no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.”
–UFC fighter Rashad “Suga” Evans has added his name to a brief filed by NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo urging the Supreme Court to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. He also issued this beautiful statement to Outsports to show his support for marriage equality and equal rights. Huge props to Evans for taking such a powerful stand, and here’s hoping more athletes follow his lead! [Outsports]