Never a fan of team sports, I did gymnastics until high school and then started diving. I dove for Dartmouth until my senior year and joined an Egyptian parkour team when I moved to Cairo after graduating in 2011. One day, training on a playground outside the city, I flipped off an eight-foot ledge, over-rotated, and broke my neck. After 75 days in a plastic brace, I took my doctor's advice and retired from parkour, though I still fool around from time to time. As a grad student at the University of Iowa, I was lucky enough to be selected for Season 7 of "American Ninja Warrior," and I currently practice yoga, play squash and tennis, and do CrossFit. 

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How I Conquered 'American Ninja Warrior'

I didn't think my first attempt on the Monkey Pegs or the Rotating Log or the Double Salmon Ladder would be during the competition. Read more at Rolling Stone

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How to Fail Big on "American Ninja Warrior"

So even now, two months later, if asked how I feel about my performance on “Ninja Warrior,” I’d give the same answer I gave that night when I climbed out of the safety pool, skulking along the sidelines, dripping wet, the cameras following behind me: disappointed. Read more at The Cauldron.


Why Competitive Indoor Skydiving Is the Workout of the Future

It's gloriously adrenaline-charged, it's airborne, and it's challenging for even an accomplished athlete. Here's what happened when our correspondent attempted the workout of the future. Read more at Men's Fitness