by Lauren Rooney
Dan and Sean Galiczynski have been active all their lives. In fact it runs in their blood; Sean explains, “My Mother and Father actually first met when they won separate awards from PAL (Police Athletic League). My mom was a soccer and softball player while my dad excelled mostly in football and baseball.” So it is no surprise that after childhoods spent practicing separate sports, Dan excelling in gymnastics and Sean preferring sports like soccer, later becoming a collegiate runner, they would go on as adults to compete to be the the next American Ninja Warrior.
Dan became interested in ANW after his 13 year career as a competitive gymnast culminated in becoming 2010 national champion in the floor exercise while at Penn State. “After I was done competing I needed a new avenue to focus my competitive nature. People had been telling me for a while that I should try American Ninja Warrior, so I made an entry video and got accepted” Dan explains. He began competing in season 2 and has completed the city finals and gone on to the competition in Las Vegas 3 out of his 5 times thus far, including in this current season. His brother Sean was quick to follow in his footsteps, “The sole reason I got into American Ninja Warrior was because of my brother Dan. He began training, and having success with it years ago while I was still a collegiate runner. After graduating, I found a mutual interest in working out and competing alongside my brother for once since we had always been interested in different sports” says Sean.
The family has even more to celebrate since Dan has been hard at work, not only attempting to be an American Ninja Warrior, but also opening a brand new gym on September 2nd called The Gravity Forge, aimed at gymnastics and Ninja Warrior Training. Dan explains, “We focus on recreational gymnastics for any age, competitive gymnastics for boys and girls, Ninja Warrior training on real replica obstacles, personal training, and group fitness.”
The Ninja Warrior Competition is more that just winning or losing, it’s a community Sean explains, “Any individual that feels different, out of place, or picked on can find comfort within this community. Everyone is amazingly supportive and wants to see others succeed as much as they want to experience success themselves.”
While Sean did not make the finals his first time around he can attest to his brothers excellent training, “This year was my first time competing and unfortunately I did not do as well as I would have liked but lucky for me I’ve had a great coach along the way in my brother.” Dan will be seen on the Esquire Network in the Las Vegas finals of American Ninja Warrior on September 1st.