Natalie's Open Road
Clinical Researcher/Professional Athlete
This is my chance to show people all around the world that women are stronger than people make them out to be.
- 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.