Mother-of-three Zhanique Lovett became the latest in a long line of female competitors — think Kacy Catanzaro, Jessie Graff, Meagan Martin, Jesse LeBreck, et al. — to demonstrate her elite athleticism on NBC’s popular obstacle-racing show American Ninja Warrior.
On a challenging Los Angeles course, the ANW rookie out-performed more seasoned female competitors to make it past the penultimate Battering Ram obstacle and guarantee herself a spot in the City Finals in a few weeks. As tough as the obstacles were, they were nothing compared to what Lovett faced in childhood.
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Growing up, Lovett could not have imagined the life she leads today. Raised by a drug-addicted single mother, the pair lived in a series of rough neighborhoods, moving from apartment to apartment following each seemingly inevitable eviction.
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Pregnant at 17, Lovett was buoyed by the birth of her first child and over time her life stabilized.
Now 30 years old, Lovett works as a personal trainer and lives in Visalia, California with her kids and husband of nine years.