Only the best of the best all-around athletes are able to succeed on the gravity-defying courses of American Ninja Warrior, and even folks who spend all their free time training can be defeated by certain obstacles. One American Ninja Warrior hopeful is gaining an edge on all future competition by getting in the game early. 5-year old Lylah MacCall is already conquering courses right in her own backyard, and it's pretty darn cute. Check it out!
Young Lylah MacCall has what must be the coolest yard in the neighborhood thanks to her dad constructing an elaborate obstacle course just for her. Gavin MacCall evidently pulled out all the stops when building the various challenges, most of which are smaller versions of actual American Ninja Warrior challenges. Even after watching Lylah power through almost the entire course, I had my doubts that she could possibly make it up the Warped Wall. It was definitely a performance that American Ninja Warrior all-star Jessie Graff would have cheered on. The superhero stuntwoman spent 2016 breaking records and speaking out about her hopes for more women conquering courses. Who knows? Maybe in a couple of decades, Lylah MacCall will be the next Jessie Graff.
Gavin MacCall isn't messing around with his efforts to craft more and more elaborate courses for his daughter. In addition to posting Lylah's Denver City Finals on his Facebook page, he has set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of raising enough money to build some scaffolding elements for new training techniques. I'm not sure how he's going to find much more room in his backyard for additional obstacles, but he's clearly gotten pretty creative thus far.
The video is certainly reaching enough of an audience that the MacCalls will probably have no trouble reaching their fundraising goal. Lylah's latest race through an obstacle course has been viewed nearly 900,000 times on her dad's Facebook page, and more than 450 Facebook users have shared it. The race was even posted on the official American Ninja Warrior Facebook page. It's already caught the eye of American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, who tweeted a fantastic response:
Girls are superstars indeed, Lylah! She's definitely much more accomplished than I was at the age of five, so good for her that so many people are impressed by her enthusiasm and accomplishments. If she ever extends invites to any outside of her immediate circle of stuffed animals, she can be sure of a big cheering section. If only there was such a thing as Junior American Ninja Warrior.
Hopefully Gavin MacCall will be able to expand the backyard course to challenge Lylah more than ever. She may only be one growth spurt away from outgrowing some of the existing obstacles, and those stuffed animals deserve a good show. Sadly, we have no way of knowing when we might get another look at the future champ, and American NInja Warrior will be off the air for a while until next season. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch on the small screen in the meantime.