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Troutdale's Caiden Madzelan takes fifth in the ages 10-13 division at Nationals

OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT RAWLINGS - Caiden Madzelan trains on an obstacle set his family built in their backyard. He placed fifth at the age group nationals last week.The television show 'American Ninja Warrior' has attracted many fans from around the world.

NBC's hit program is currently in it's ninth season and is averaging more than 6 million viewers per episode. But for Caiden Madzelan, it became something more than something to watch on TV every week. It became a passion.

The 12-year old from Troutdale first saw the show three years ago and decided that it was something that he wanted to try.

"My dad's Crossfit coach showed me Ninja Warrior on the TV and from that point on, I was hooked. I watched the show every night," Madzelan said.

In the American Ninja Warrior TV show, contestants attempt to complete challenging obstacle courses in cities across the country. As the competition progresses, competitors continue toward the national finals in Las Vegas for cash prizes.

"When I first got it to it, I was just doing stuff like hanging from the monkey bars at my school. But as the weeks and months went on, I decided that I wanted to become more serious about it," Madzelan said.

After winning a Regional tournament during the spring, Madzelan qualified for the ages 10-13 nationals last week in Dallas, Tex., where he came in fifth out of more than 40 contenders.

"I want to be on TV on the actual show someday," Madzelan said. "I just need to keep training. I want to be able to do stuff that I can't do right now so that I know that I am being pushed."


Look for our expanded story ahead in our Tuesday, Aug. 1, print edition.

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