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Two New Mexicans compete on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Erica Zucco
May 30, 2018 06:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico could be in the spotlight Wednesday night as "American Ninja Warrior" hopefuls put their skills to the test. At least two contestants from Albuquerque gave it their all at the Dallas qualifiers for a show that airs May 30.

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Garrett Takach, for one, said he's been beating ninja obstacles for years. He uses what he's learned to coach athletes with autism. He said he shared that story and the need for awareness in his interviews with "American Ninja Warrior" producers.

"Being able to take that mission to that kind of scale and get it in front of that many people," Takach said.

That's one of the reasons Takach gave the course a go.

"Spreading awareness and understanding of autism and teaching the kids how with practice, perseverance and determination, any obstacle can be conquered – in and outside of the gym," Takach said.

Takach isn't the only one trying to show how the Duke City shines and serves. Favia Dubyk cares for the community as a doctor for UNM Hospital, a role she earned after battling cancer and choosing to give back.

"Going through med school I had cancer myself and I just took baby steps to get back on my feet, back to the gym, and just never stopped working toward my main goal," she said.

Dubyk's latest goal is showing she is more than back on her feet and that others with health-related obstacles can be, too.

"I hope people will be inspired to work really hard and keep trying and you can get your dreams," she said.

Takach and Dubyk couldn't share how they did yet, but everyone can find out at 7 p.m. on KOB 4.

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