September 25, 2022


healthy part of faith

Local sports producer overcomes health crises to compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

By Charlie Walters

SAN FRANCISCO — A area sports activities radio producer overcame much much more than just the issues of rigorous schooling to turn into an “American Ninja Warrior.”

Sports activities are a supplied in Chris O’Connell’s everyday existence, regardless of whether he’s creating athletics at 95.7 the sport, or training for the competition-based mostly fact exhibit. It is really straightforward to see his like for athletics.

Having said that, it is what you can’t see about his previous that completely tells his tale.

“When I was three decades previous I located out — my mothers and fathers discovered out — I experienced a congenital coronary heart problem,” O’Connell explained.

As a youngster, sporting activities were being a forbidden fruit for O’Connell, nevertheless he admits he “was generally a sporting activities enthusiast.” The only dilemma was his doctor advised him to hold his heart amount down, which saved him absent from any arduous physical activity till adulthood.

“I hardly did any workouts prior to I was 21,” stated O’Connell. That is how previous he was when a new medical professional he’d observed gave him the inexperienced light to begin doing the job out. 

“For the very first 50 percent of my existence they explained to me to slow down,” reported O’Connell. “So if I’m heading to exercising, I am likely to teach for American Ninja Warrior and do that.”

"American Ninja Warrior" contestant Chris O'Connell
“American Ninja Warrior” contestant Chris O’Connell.


Chris trained for his possibility at a location on the show for three many years right until he was all set to deliver in his audition tape, correct about the time his wife geared up to start their initially child….

“Inside two months, my everyday living transformed fully. I wanted to try out for ‘ANW.’ Rather, I uncovered out I’d want my next coronary heart surgery,” O’Connell reported. “I was intended to be in there [the hospital] for 3 days I was in there for 11. My wife stayed by my side the entire time, sleeping on a cot when she was three months pregnant.”

Following surgical treatment, Chris experienced to recuperate for 12 months. It was all through that time his son Cavin was born, major to another problem everyday living threw his way.

“At his two week checkup, that is when we observed out he needed heart surgical procedure also,” he mentioned.

Like Chris, Cavin was a coronary heart warrior too…

“I have to gradual him down. He is also my very little ninja. He swings on the ropes and operates up the wall,” O’Connell stated.

Eight many years immediately after the beginning of his son, the two shared the countrywide phase collectively on “American Ninja Warrior.” O’Connell arrived up an obstacle quick, but if his story has taught us anything at all, conquering road blocks is what he does best…  

” Even now have however to strike the buzzer. Subsequent yr I want to strike that buzzer and be on best of that wall,” he reported.