One contestant courageously proved that a condition such as Parkinson’s Disease cannot hinder whatever challenge he decides to take on “American Ninja Warrior” last Monday, July 3.
Jimmy Choi, a 41-year old tech consultant from Bolingbrook, Illinois set out on his journey to the said competition as he set forth with the Kansas City qualifiers and run throughout the obstacles presented.
“Once you take that first step, the rest of it comes easy.” Choi said.
In a video tape recording (VTR) before his run, Choi revealed how he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s at 27.
A chronic and progressive movement disorder, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) symptoms continue and worsen over time. Almost one million people in the U.S. lives with the said condition. Despite the recent technology, the cause remains unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.
After 14 years of battling Parkinson’s and trying to cope with his condition, Choi discovered that exercise helped him manage his bodily functions and he’s since run 13 marathons, cycled several 100-mile rides and competed in multiple triathlons.
“My goal is to go out there and show everybody out there, no matter what they’re faced with, the hardest step is that first step,” Choi said on the game show.
In the said competition his hands were visibly trembling throughout his spirited run but Choi willfully endured his tremors and managed to complete the first two obstacles, the floating steps and the tricky hang glider.
Unfortunately, at some point, he was not able to regain his footing and fell off the challenge on the broken pipes level.
“American Ninja Warrior,” the sports game show in which contestants must battle their way through a challenging obstacle course, complete with bicep-testing hang-gliders and treacherous balancing tests, might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to moving, emotionally charged television.
His inspiring words and impressive performance were also a hit on Twitter.