Meagan Martin, the top American Ninja Warrior mountaineer, is ready to present the new program The Climb. It’s a new program created by Aquaman’s Jason Mamoa and famed rock climber Chris Sharma. Meagan grew up doing gymnastics and pole vaulting, but her true passion has always been climbing. After her studies, she decided to make a career out of climbing. She will be seen on HBO Max’s The Climb after starring in series like American Ninja Warrior for seven seasons.
Meagan Martin, the host of The Climb, competed on American Ninja Warrior.
Meagan, who was homeschooled, started gymnastics when she was five years old. When she was in elementary school, her mother made her read to her for an hour every day. Meagan began reading while climbing trees, which fueled her passion for the sport as she grew older. Meagan said that as a gymnast growing up, she often found herself climbing objects in the gym while “driving the hell out.”
Meagan started climbing at the Aiguille Rock Climbing Center at the Orlando Gym. Meagan joined the gym’s climbing team with eight other youths. When she was in her freshman year of high school, she also tried pole vaulting for the first time.
Sharing her own story, she said she wasn’t very interested in pole vaulting, but did it because her mother felt she should. Meagan went on to say that she ultimately enjoyed it and that climbing and gymnastics both helped her transition into pole vaulting.
“Gymnastics gave me the body awareness, speed, strength and acrobatic skills necessary to be a successful pole vaulter. I believe climbing kept me strong after I quit gymnastics, so I had extra strength to devote to pole vaulting.
Meagan realized she wanted to get back into competitive climbing and make it a profession after graduating from college at the end of her junior year. Meagan’s personal highlights in 2020 included her fiancé proposing to her while rock climbing. Her boyfriend at the time proposed to her at the aptly named Lover’s Leap. She showed off her new ring in an Instagram photo and her hands were covered in climbing chalk. Meagan and her now-husband got married in 2021 after eloping. Here’s what Jason Mamoa had to say about Meagan Martin ahead of her debut on HBO’s new show:
“We decided to launch a competition to motivate the next generation of climbers. We also recruited champion climber Meagan Martin.”
Meagan Martin’s American Ninja Warrior Journey
Meagan Martin won American Ninja Warrior in 2014, the first rookie to complete a qualifying course and only the third woman to climb the warped wall. At that year’s National Finals, she also made history by becoming the first girl to successfully complete Stage 1’s jumping spin and halfpipe attack. Meagan has competed in ANW every year since then, making history in the sport. Her career highlights include reaching the national finals each year and earning three consecutive qualifying buzzers. Throughout Season 10, Meagan was offered several opportunities, including acting as the season’s official poster girl. After playing five seasons on American Ninja Warrior and three seasons on Team Ninja Warrior, Meagan Martin was offered the opportunity to serve as a coach on American Ninja Warrior Jr.
About HBO The Climb, the new program from Max
Jason Mamoa, the man who plays Aquaman, and Chris Sharma have teamed up to develop a new competition series where amateur climbers compete for a $100,000 grand prize and prAna sponsorship. The Climb, an eight-episode series, will air on January 12, 2023.