Broomfield ninja Taylor Greene scales competitions, ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’

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Becca Greene remembers every time she took her daughter Taylor to the playground when she was younger. Taylor would immediately climb to the highest point possible.

Other kids would follow Taylor up, but then get stuck, Becca said.

Taylor, who turns 14 Wednesday, recently competed in the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association world championships and over the summer filmed for the third time a run on “American Ninja Warrior Junior.” She’s in her fourth year competing in ninja after getting hooked on the activity at a birthday party she went to when she was 9.

“When I look back at baby pictures now, if we would have known what ninja was, we would have known she was a ninja,” Becca said Wednesday as she watched Taylor spring around the Ninja Nation training facility in Lafayette.

Taylor Greene, 13, climbs a wall using only the pegs in her hands at the Ninja Nation Lafayette location on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Videos of Taylor swinging, jumping and climbing through ninja courses have gone viral, and she’s defeated ninjas several years older than her in competitions.

The Broomfield High School freshman grew up doing gymnastics, but after the ninja birthday party asked her mom to sign her up for classes.

“It was just a really cool experience for me because it’s nothing I’d ever done before,” Taylor said. “I thought it was the most fun thing in the world, and a year later I started competing and training.”

When asked when she realized her potential as a ninja, Taylor said, “it’s kind of weird in your first competition, you podium. That’s not very normal in most sports. That was kind of my realization, I guess.”

Becca said someone initially reached out to them about Taylor competing on the “American Ninja Warrior Junior” TV show following a video of 9-year-old ninja Taylor beating a 16-year-old boy on a course. The show is broken into divisions based on age: 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14, and Taylor has competed in all three divisions. When Taylor turns 15 she’s going to try to compete on “American Ninja Warrior,” which recently lowered the minimum age to compete to 15.

In a normal competition, Taylor explained the ninjas are competing against themselves.

Taylor Greene, 13, hangs onto the edge of the traverse box at the Ninja Nation Lafayette location on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

“And in the (TV) show, you’re competing actually next to another person,” she said. “You’re competing side-by-side with the other person racing them. It’s a whole different mindset you have to go through. The whole TV experience is just so much different.”

But after filming for her third time on the show, Taylor said she’s gotten used to it. She filmed for the TV series this summer, which is scheduled to air Thursday on Peacock TV.

“I just want to keep with it because I love it so much right now,” Taylor said of ninja. “I don’t really have any other sports that I’m doing. It’s kind of my whole life; I don’t want to give that up any time soon.”

Becca said her favorite part is seeing Taylor’s persistence and determination.

“I’m just proud that she had the guts to choose to compete at the pro level,” Becca said. “She started competing pro when she was 11 in the local competitions and did really, really well with that. … This year she (competed) all pro and decided to compete pro in finals and ended up winning. That was pretty darn cool as a 13-year-old to win in the pro division. It was exciting; she was up against some pretty big names.”