Student competes in American Ninja Warrior finals

Amy Pajcic in American Ninja Warrior, St. LouisAmy Pajcic, a student in her final year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, recently competed in the American Ninja Warrior finals in Las Vegas, which will air August 11 on NBC.

Pajcic found out in June that she received a wild card entry to the finals. In addition to the top 15 competitors from each region, wild card entries are also selected. Most often, these are competitors that the event organizers would like to see have another try.

Michelle Warnky, Pajcic’s fellow classmate, introduced her to the reality show. After extensive training, Pajcic submitted her video application and kept her fingers crossed.

“I had seen the show and always thought it would be amazing to compete,” Pajcic said. “But I never imagined I could actually do it."

Pajcic was studying in her favorite spot, the Recreational and Physical Activity Center hot tub, when she got the call inviting her to compete in the St. Louis region. There are nearly 20,000 applicants and only 100 get to compete in each of the five regions. She said she was very lucky that she didn't have major tests or labs during the competition.

“It was an incredible experience hanging out with the other ninjas; I was with my own species,” Pajcic said. “We would all walk around town, climbing walls and jumping over things, it was so much fun!”

Aside from participating in American Ninja Warrior, she’s an avid runner and rock climber. Exercise has always been her primary method of relieving stress, and veterinary school can be quite stressful!


Posted August 8, 2014