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This record-breaking ‘American Ninja Warrior’ climb will make you feel inadequate

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Michelle Jaworski


Published Jun 9, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 3:30 pm CDT

American gymnast Jonathan Horton has set plenty of records in his long career, but now he has one on a different playing field.

After failing to finish the course last year, he competed on American Ninja Warrior in Houston Monday night as a walk-on contestant, and he easily showed the advantage of being a gymnast as he made his historic run through the course.

At just 5 feet 1 inches tall, Horton’s height might be seen as a disadvantage (as with fellow record-setting contestant Kacy Catanzaro), something the commentators mentioned at just about every possible chance they could. But while Catanzaro failed to qualify this year, Horton made it look easy as he used the skills he’s perfected to get ahead and become the shortest man to scale the warped wall.

Screengrab via American Ninja Warrior/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 9, 2015, 11:42 am CDT