WNBA star Tamika Catchings plans on running the American Ninja Warrior course and she’s not going to take on this challenge unprepared!
BREAKING NEWS!!! I got the call to try out for @anwnation! Can't wait to test the skills I've been able to garner thru my @ladyvol_hoops & @indianafever @wnba days on the course!! S/O to my trainer Danny & @trainyard317 for getting me ready. THIS is going to be AWESOME pic.twitter.com/8aEEkakpKf— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) April 8, 2019
Catchings shared the news on her Twitter account, along with a video of her practicing a course at Train Yard 317 in Indianapolis, IN. (We see you training the new Shrinking Steps. Smart move, Tamika!)
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Catchings, prepare to have your mind blown. Ninja Warrior is about to have a real-deal superstar on the obstacles. We’re not even sure how to summarize all her accomplishments in this article.
Catchings was a forward with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for 15 seasons. She retired after the 2016 season, but then hopped on down to Rio and snagged a gold medal in the Olympic game there. (Oh, that’s her FOURTH gold medal as part of Team USA.)
In her time with the WNBA, Catchings managed to accomplish just a couple of things.
She’s the No. 3 scorer in WNBA history (7,380, behind Diana Taurasi and Tina Thompson), the No. 2 rebounder (3,316, behind Rebekkah Brunson) and No. 1 in steals (1,074).
Currently, no one else has scored more points in WNBA playoff games than Catchings (1,141). She also leads in postseason rebounds (598), steals (158), and is second in minutes played (2302, behind Lindsay Whalen).
Not sold yet? Okay, here’s some more from WNBA.com. “The first man or woman in recorded basketball history to record a quintuple-double (Duncanville High School in 1997), Catchings’ leadership, tenacity and all-around skills have led the Indiana Fever to becoming one of the WNBA’s elite franchises.” The Fever reached the playoffs 13 times in Catchings’ 15 seasons, including a WNBA-record run of 12-in-a-row.
Oh, that’s not all... she’s one of only two players to appear in 10 WNBA All-Star Games, along with Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird.
And guess what? She’s a super awesome person off the court as well. Catchings is the, “recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2015 and an 11-year run of community service by her Catch The Stars Foundation.”
She was also recently named the Vice President of Fever Basketball Operations.
It would be entirely fair if she approached Ninja Warrior as just a fun thing to try out. She’s accomplished more than enough for a lifetime already. But nope, that’s not how Catchings is going to play this. She is real-deal training. Check out this second video she posted while working out on an I-Beam.
Yeaaaaa Monday vibes! Last week I couldn't even do one and now ! Super pumped up!! 2 weeks til @anwnation time!! Let's get it! #StayOUTofthe #Inspire #IMPACT #ChangingLives #SoBlessed ❤️ pic.twitter.com/raesP3tvO3— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) April 15, 2019
Judging by the “2 weeks” comment in her caption, we think Catchings is heading to the course in Baltimore. Honestly, we are more than a little bit excited to see this inspirational superstar get on the obstacles!