Denton Firefighter Amputee competing in hit TV show American Ninja Warrior – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Gary Weiland has set himself a new goal: to become an American ninja warrior.

Weiland is a Denton firefighter who thwarted the odds by returning to work 10 months and 6 days after his leg was amputated.

He’s a full-time Denton firefighter and father of four, and he’s now up for a spot on American Ninja Warrior!

“I’m going to the show in a few weeks on March 23 in San Antonio,” Weiland said.

To become a ninja, you must train as one.

“People are like, man, you trained three hours a day, seven days a week to prepare for American Ninja Warrior,” Weiland said. “And I’m like, man, I’m 42! I’ve been training for two hours and exhausted for three days! What do you mean?”

Gary’s leg was amputated in 2018 due to a post-operative complication.

He has since become a motivational speaker and author of children’s books.

“You won’t believe this, but this is about a firefighter who gets injured on the job and goes back to duty,” Weiland said of his book.

He is working on his next chapter and hopes it ends with a win.

“If I win it, great,” Weiland said. “A million dollars. I could pay a few bills with that. But honestly, I’m thrilled to be able to get on the big stage and share with people a little bit of my story and how I was able to adapt and overcome.”

He hopes to progress through the rounds and qualify for the final to be held in Las Vegas in May.


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