Lincoln Park Performing Arts student competes on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’
Dance major Abby Richert, 14, of Bethel Park, will take part in the next-generation competition, which puts young contestants through a timed course of physically demanding obstacles, such as a warped wall and hanging rings, according to school officials.
Richert filmed the episode in Los Angeles last summer, following her selection from a pool of about 50,000 applicants, school officials say.
Richert met show co-hosts, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, and was interviewed after the race by gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
“It was really fun. We were out there for about four to five days just filming. They also came here to Pittsburgh for a hometown visit. That was in August. They came here for a day and they basically followed me around and filmed me,” she says.
In preparing for the show, Richert said she took a few private lessons with a trainer at Movement Lab, a gym in Ohio.
She also is a contortionist, aerialist, hand balancer, foot archer and unicyclist.
Richert trains at the Iron City Circus Arts studio in Pittsburgh and hopes one day to perform with Cirque du Soleil.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .