Isaac Caldiero, the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, has decided he’s not going to splurge after winning the US$1 million first prize.
“I might buy myself a nice shirt,” he told MarketWatch, a financial new website.
Caldiero managed to jump, twist, swing, and climb his way through the four-stage obstacle couse in the fastest time to become the inaugural winner of an event that has captured the attention of fans around the world.
But he clearly hasn’t let the prize go to his head, “You’re not going to see us driving around in a brand-new Ferrari. I’m going to be smart with the money and invest it.”
Only time will tell if the investment was a smart idea or a rip-off. But 33 year-old Caldiero will likely give up his job as a busboy.
“For the past six years, my girlfriend and I have lived on less than $10,000 a year.
“There have been times I’ve had less than $20 to my name. There were times I’d eat cereal and water for breakfast and live on ramen noodles and potatoes, and sleep in fhe front seat of my car or in the RV.
“Who needs all that consuming anyway?
“It’s a lot of sacrifice but it’s worth it to have the ultimate freedom we have.”
Caldiero and his girlfriend are avid rock climbers and search around the US for the most exciting climbs.
“This (prizemoney) is going to enable us to do some amazing things and go to some amazing places.”
Caldiero was only one of two people to finish all four stages of the obstacle course. It then became a race to scale a 23 meter rope in the fastest time.
Caldiero shot up the rope in 26.14 seconds; nearly a whole four seconds faster than his British opponent Geoff Britten.