From Sherman to American Ninja Warrior
Hometown boy Joe Moravsky morphs into TV celebrity
Hometown boy, proud graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, internationally known TV celebrity,.. a logical progression?
For Sherman's Joe Moravsky, 25, that's been the timeline in rapid-fire fashion.
And lest it be considered anything other than the high priority it is in his life, Joe married Stephanie Silveira in June and now happily resides in Bridgeport.
The personable son of longtime Sherman residents Joseph and Robin Moravsky takes it all in stride as he reflects on his second successful season as a main man on NBC TV's hit show, "American Ninja Warrior."
"It's so much fun to have so many great things happening all at once," Moravsky said. "I married Stephanie this past June and also had the best attempt at beating American Ninja Warrior the very weekend after."
"Since I came so close to beating American Ninja Warrior two years in a row," he reflected, "I have seen changes in my friends' attitudes, as well as my family, from my success."
"It's funny, some of my friends tease me about being famous"but I don't really think they know how big of a following I have this year," he added. "Each episode of American Ninja Warrior pulls in around six million viewers... needless to say, a lot of people know who Joe Moravsky is now."
He is known to his many fans as "The Weatherman" because he was headed into a career as a meteorologist before "Ninja Warrior" came calling.
Perhaps the most recognizable and popular competitor of those who have advanced to Stage 3 of 4 in the "Warrior" series, Moravsky is already looking ahead to next season.
After all, the person able to complete the qualifying courses and then conquer Las Vegas' version of Mt. Midoriyama, the ultimate challenge derived from Japan's original Ninja Warrior course, would win a cash prize of $500,000.
In the meantime, he's busy with his marriage, with his job as a gymnastics instructor in Newtown, and fulfilling many opportunities for public appearances, speaking engagements and the like.
While Moravsky does travel for some of his gigs, he certainly hasn't forgotten his roots.
On Sept. 20, the "American Ninja Warrior" smiled, signed, posed and even power lifted his way through a very busy "Meet and Greet" hosted by his hometown market, Sherman IGA (see photos).
Often Moravsky is asked about his performances on the show and he's consistent in his responses.
"This year was definitely more enjoyable because I knew what to expect," he said, "not only on the course (even though they changed some obstacles), but behind the scenes as well."
"Some things people may not know is that we stay up until around 7 a.m. to finish filming," he noted. "Ww would stand around for hours to take action shots, hero shots, and interviews, etc.
Still, Moravsky looks back with a smile on the 2014 season.
"I had so much family to come and cheer me on," he remarked.
He does, however, rue the fact his friends haven't yet been there to support him.
"I guess it's difficult to make the trip," Moravsky said. "Maybe next year they can show up."
Down the road, Moravsky plans to open his own gym, and also pursue that career in meteorology.
For the moment, the focus is on prepping for the 2015 season of "American Ninja Warrior."
"I will be back in 2015, I will make it to Vegas," Moravsky said with conviction, "and I will be the first American Ninja Warrior."
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