If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. That fight and determination is exactly what female gymnast Olivia Vivian displayed when she made history on the first episode of Ninja Warrior 2018 last night.
The 28-year-old completely stole the show when she became the first woman to make it up the warped wall during a heat on Sunday night’s episode of the Channel Nine show.
And she did it with the most epic move ever.
Having already wowed the crowd with her strength and athletic ability to work her way through the course with ease, she lined up to face her nemesis – the warped wall.
She had failed to make it up the wall three times during her first appearance on season one of the show, but said she spent the last year practicing to beat it this time around.
And beat it she did. Olivia stunned hosts Ben Fordham and Rebecca Maddern, when she reached up and grabbed the ledge of the wall on her second attempt. She then let go with one hand, spun around and did a backflip to land at the top.
Yes a backflip. Ben Fordham put it best: “What? What? What are you doing!?”
Olivia, who represented Australia in gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said she’d been working on the backflip for a while.
“There’s an American Ninja Warrior called Jake Murray, he’s done the backflip and I thought to myself, I want to be the first girl to do a backflip up the wall,” she told News.com.au.
“I felt the pressure of a whole year on my shoulders and I knew the Warped Wall was waiting for me. I was more nervous walking up to that starting podium than I was in the 2008 Olympic Games.”
To put things into perspective, only one woman made it up the wall last season. Rockclimber Andrea Hah did it during a semi-final.
It took six seasons on the US version of the show for a woman to make it up the wall, so it’s an incredible feat.
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