Natalie's Open Road
Women Are Just As Strong (1:14)
Get Scared And Explore (1:08)
I Fell In Love With Rock Climbing (0:59)
First Climbing Experience (0:29)
Role Models (0:33)
Women In STEM
Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Researcher/Professional Athlete
athletes, athletics, competition, confidence, education, exploration, facing fears, fun, growth, health, motivation, pain, perseverance, pressure, pushing boundaries, pushing yourself, rock climbing, science, social norms, strength
- Has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside.
- Works as a medical researcher at UCLA, doing clinical research in gastroenterology and studying inflammatory bowel diseases.
- Whenever school or work got hard, she always found an outlet in two things: vlogging and exercising.
- She’d been rock climbing for three years when she first saw American Ninja Warrior.
- She realized that although she knew a lot of strong women who’d have fun and do well on the show, there weren’t many women actually featured on the show.
- As someone who was already comfortable in front of a camera, she saw an opportunity to blaze a trail for women on the show.
- She’s competed on American Ninja Warrior twice; on her second attempt, she became one of the first women to advance to the finals.
- Her advice for academic and physical training is: always take the time to explore new things, and find yourself a good, strong support base.