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Tucsonan Nadi Carey Battles in Episode of Titan Games Season 2

Tucsonan Nadi Carey showed some impressive competitive fire in tonight’s episode of the Titan Games Season 2, but she came up short in her quest for Mount Olympus against CrossFit athlete Dani Speegle.

If it’s any consolation for Carey, Speegle went on to win the Mount Olympus competition against Titan Chantae McMillan.

In the Nuts and Bolts competition, Speegle focused on emptying her wall of all the weight quickly. Carey did not have time to pull off the last two 100-pound weights. That forced Carey to run for the rope with 200 pounds still attached when Speegle was able to pull down the victory chain.

Nadi Carey gets encouragement from “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson (NBC video capture)

In the Lunar Impact, Carey made a dramatic comeback after Speegle nearly forced her to the edge. It came to a stalemate as they traded the advantage back and forth. Speegle was able to make a final move to reclaim the offensive position by pushing forward and ended the match. That cleared the way for Speegle to face McMillan in the Mount Olympus competition.

When the Lunar Impact started, Carey ran fast to the wall and collided hard trying to resist against Speegle.

“Nadi just took that on the chin; she is tough,” Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” said in the broadcast.

Carey, the older sister of former Arizona football standout Ka’Deem Carey, entered the competition for the Titan Games after her aunt LaToya McCord applied for her without her knowing. After a mandatory phone interview, Nadi was one of 60 out of the more than hundreds of thousands of applicants to be invited to the combine to take part in the drills to make the show.

Nadi Carey (NBC video capture)

After a month-long arduous process of daily training and competing in the combine, Nadi made the cut as one of the 18 female competitors to be featured in the Season 2 of the show. Impressive for a college basketball referee who excelled as a player at Flowing Wells, CDO and Pima College.

“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, you got picked for the Titan Games out of all these people in the world You were part of that little slim percentage of people who got picked.’” Nadi said. “Little old referee, Tucson Nadi got picked. Amazing.”


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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