Katie Bone had the diabetes community in awe of her drive and competitive spirit as she dominated the third ever American Ninja Warrior Women’s Championship. In this episode we discuss a T1D family history, incremental boluses, teenage hormones, when to compete in wet shoes, and her motivation to continue a strict workout regimen.
Katie Bone is originally from Bernalillo, New Mexico. This 17-year-old is already a nationally-ranked rock climber; member of the 2022 Speed Youth National Team; a member of the 2023 Speed National Team; and an American Ninja Warrior competitor from Season 14 of the hit competition NBC TV series and now the Champion of the third ever American Ninja Warrior Women’s Championship. She is recognized as one of the youngest females to ever earn a coveted spot in ANW Finals in Las Vegas and is not only the youngest female to ever win the championship, but is the only female in the history of the show to complete a Stage 2 Finals course in Las Vegas.
Bone does all of this while conquering her school and social commitments and living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). When diagnosed at the young age of 11, Katie’s first question to her doctor was, “When can I climb again?” She chooses daily to thrive and grow, all while managing her T1D. Bone has chosen to strive for more, chase her dreams, and not let her T1D hold her back from chasing her dreams. In addition to her personal goals, she is an advocate for representation, education, and support for those also battling type 1 diabetes. Katie is a beacon amongst organizations to help build awareness around the research towards a cure for T1D.