Why women's basketball great Tamika Catchings tested herself on 'American Ninja Warrior'

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Former Lady Vols star: ‘I just love coming back here’
Dan Fleser

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings tested herself in a new way this year by competing on “American Ninja Warrior.”

Catchings, who played for the Lady Vols from 1997-2001, said she joined the NBC obstacle course show because she wanted to have fun and take on a challenge.

“In a sense, I wanted to see how well I could do,” said Catchings, who retired in 2016 after a 15-year WNBA career with the Indiana Fever and four Olympic gold medals.

“One of the things when I retired, people were like ‘Aw man how are you going to get your competitiveness and competitive edge, and what are you going to do? ‘Cause I can’t just see you not doing anything,’ … I just feel like every single year I’ve had another challenge put in front of me,” she said. “And this was a challenge for this year, but … it was awesome. I had a blast.”

“American Ninja Warrior” features competitors who individually race through courses with challenging…

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