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Najee Richardson will miss season 13 with an ankle injury

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The Flying Phoenix dislocated his ankle earlier this month.

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Earlier this month, Najee Richardson shared on Instagram that he had dislocated his ankle, calling it the “most painful injury” he’s ever experienced. But in true Najee fashion, the Flying Phoenix remained optimistic and continued training as best as he could.

“I’ve learned over time the best ways to fight that battle is to focus on the little victories and let them motivate you towards other little victories, those bad boys will add up! making a lot of progress in a short time after dislocating this ankle 2 weeks ago. Little victories, that’s all it takes,” he said.

But sometimes, difficult decisions have to be made when it comes to taking care of our bodies, and Najee will not be participating in season 13 due to his ankle injury. You can read the announcement in his words below:

While fans of American Ninja Warrior will surely miss seeing Najee compete, we know this will only motivate him to come back better than ever. Rest up and we hope you are feeling better soon, Najee!