On Monday’s season premiere of “American Ninja Warrior,” Rookie contestant Nate Hansen inspired viewers with his amazing performance on the obstacle course. Hansen suffers from a growth hormone deficiency which stunted growth at age 12. As a result of being small, Hansen was bullied quite a bit. “Growing up in middle school and all throughout high school, I was bullied and always called names,” said Hansen. “It was really difficult going through that because people were always underestimating me.”
Despite only being 5’2”, Hansen became the first contestant of the season to climb the 14.5 ft warp wall and hit buzzer.