American Ninja Warrior
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|American Ninja Warrior|
|Directed by||Patrick McManus|
|Presented by||Matt Iseman
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Executive producer(s)||Arthur Smith
Holly M. Wofford
|Running time||60-85 minutes|
|Production company(s)||A. Smith and Company
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
Lake Paradise Entertainment
|Distributor||G4 Media (2009-2013)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (2014-present)
|Original channel||G4 (2009–2013);
Esquire Network (2014-present)
|Original run||December 12, 2009– present|
|Preceded by||American Ninja Challenge (2006–08)|
American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty called "stages". The series began on December 12, 2009, in Los Angeles, with the top 10 competitors moving on to compete at "Mount Midoriyama"[note 1] in Japan. American Ninja Warrior succeeded G4's American Ninja Challenge as the qualifying route for Americans to enter Sasuke.
Beginning with the fourth season in 2012, regional finalists and wild card competitors competed on a nearly identical Mount Midoriyama course in Las Vegas, Nevada, rather than traveling to Japan to compete on Sasuke. NBC (who owns G4) announced in September 2013 that it would air a special USA versus Japan series later that year wherein top American and Japanese competitors would go head-to-head on the Las Vegas Mount Midoriyama course.
The sixth season premiered on May 26, 2014 on Esquire Network. As of September 15, 2014, no one won the grand prize.
- 1 Season 1 (2009)
- 2 Season 2 (2010)
- 3 American Ninja Warrior Season 1 and 2: Format changes from Sasuke
- 4 Season 3 (2011)
- 5 Season 4 (2012)
- 6 Season 5 (2013)
- 7 Season 6 (2014)
- 8 Season 7 (2015)
- 9 ANW Specials
- 10 Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers
- 11 Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Finals
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Season 1 (2009)
The first season of American Ninja Warrior was held in Los Angeles, where hundreds of competitors came to challenge themselves against the course and qualify for a shot at making it to Japan to compete in Sasuke 23 later in the year. The special premiered on December 12, 2009, on G4 TV and was hosted by G4's Blair Herter and Alison Haislip.
|1st||Brian Orosco||73*||Unstable Bridge|
|3rd||Travis Furlanic||44||Jumping Spider|
|4th||Paul Darnell||43||Half-Pipe Attack|
|5th||Rich King||42||Unstable Bridge|
|6th||Caine Sinclair||41||Timed Out Rope Ladder|
|7th||Shane Daniels||Timed Out Tarzan Rope|
|8th||Geoff Iida||Warped Wall|
|9th||Joop Katana||Timed Out Slider Jump|
|10th||Rick Huelga||Timed Out Slider Jump|
- Despite Orosco finishing first overall, Meeuwenberg received a higher number due to his SASUKE experience.
Sasuke 23 (Mount Midoriyama)
Stage 1: only Rich King, Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco successfully completed this stage. The majority of the American Ninja Warrior competitors ran out of time.
Stage 2: Levi Meeuwenberg was the only American competitor to complete this stage.
Stage 3: Levi Meeuwenberg was the only American competitor to advance to this stage, but he fell on the "Shin-Cliffhanger".
Season 2 (2010)
The second season called American Ninja Warrior 2 began on December 8, 2010 in Venice Beach, California where 300 competitors took on the course. The 15 semi-finalists moved on to the "Ninja Warrior Boot Camp" in the remote California mountains, where they competed in a series of team challenges. Then the final moved on to compete in the season finale of American Ninja Warrior 2 as a part of Sasuke 26 at Mount Midoriyama in Japan.
The 15 semi-finalists headed to "Ninja Warrior Boot Camp" where they were broken down into three teams: Red Dragons, White Tigers, and Blue Monkeys. From then on, 5 were eliminated from competition and 10 moved onto Mount Midoriyama in Japan to compete in the season finale of American Ninja Warrior 2 for a chance to win $250,000 and be the first "American Ninja Warrior".
The 10 finalists earned the chance to compete at Sasuke 26 (Ninja Warrior) which aired on January 2, 2011 on G4.
Final 10: In order they received their American flag "colors" (bandannas):
Season finale in Japan
None of the American Ninja Warrior season 2 competitors were able to complete stage 3, but half (5 out of 10) completed stage 1 and progressed onto stage 2, where 4 out of 5 made it onto stage 3.
|1||Adam Laplante *||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|2||Patrick Cusic||Failed||Rolling Escargot|
|3||Paul Kasemir||Completed||Time: 129.15|
|4||Adam Truesdell||Failed||Giant Swing|
|5||Evan Dollard||Failed||Rolling Escargot|
|6||Brent Steffensen||Completed||Time: 121.29|
|7||Travis Furlanic||Completed||Time: 115.27|
|8||Shane Daniels||Failed||Timed Out Final Climb|
|9||David Campbell||Completed||Time: 108.49|
|10||Brian Orosco||Completed||Time: 109.04|
* alternate, replaced Levi Meeuwenberg who broke his wrist during a taping of Jump City: Seattle
|1||Paul Kasemir||Completed||Time left: 2.57|
|2||Brent Steffensen||Completed||Time left: 21.64|
|3||Travis Furlanic||Failed||Balance Tank|
|4||David Campbell||Completed||Time left: 23.43|
|5||Brian Orosco||Completed||Time left: 5.76|
|1||Paul Kasemir||Failed||Doorknob Grasper|
|2||Brent Steffensen||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
|3||David Campbell||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
|4||Brian Orosco||Failed||Roulette Cylinder|
American Ninja Warrior Season 1 and 2: Format changes from Sasuke
The first and second seasons of American Ninja Warrior has a few notable differences from the Japanese ("Sasuke") version. They are:
- Stage 1: in the American version competitors compete against each other for the 30 fastest times to advance to stage 2, while in Japan competitors are required to complete the course in a designated time limit. Consequently, the American version sets a fixed, predictable number of 30 competitors advancing to stage 2, while in the Japanese version, the number of qualified competitors could technically range from any number between from 0 to 100, making the result highly unpredictable. There's no official limit of competitors for stage 1 stated, whereas in Japan, only 100 competitors can attempt stage 1.
- Stage 2: in the American version, it is an expanded version of stage 1 (a repeat of Stage 1 with a few additional obstacles at the end), while in Japan, Stage 1 and 2 are entirely different. Again, in the American version, competitors are competing against the course and each other, only 15 competitors with the best times advance to stage 3, whereas in Japan competitors are competing against a rigid time limit.
- Stage 3: In stage 3, competitors have to complete 4 different tasks with the lowest combined time (consisting of carrying 10 bricks across a beach while being held back by bungee cords, carrying barrels over logs, hopping through tires, etc.). Only the 10 competitors with the lowest times win a trip and a chance to compete at Mount Midoriyama in Japan. As such, there is no "final" stage in the American version.
note* this is a description of the qualifying rounds to compete at the Mount Midoriyama course. Top ten finishers of ANW attempted Stages 1, 2, and 3 of Japanese course with same time restrictions and results are listed above.
Season 3 (2011)
The third season began airing on July 31, 2011 on G4. Tryouts took place in May 2011 at Venice Beach, California. After the tryouts, the top 15 competitors competed in Ninja Warrior Boot Camp with the top 10 moving on to Japan for the finals of the competition as a part of Sasuke 27 and a chance at becoming the first American to conquer the course and win a $500,000 endorsement deal with K-Swiss. No competitors made it beyond stage 3.
This season was once again hosted by Matt Iseman and Jimmy Smith, with Haislip as a sideline reporter.
Notable competitors this year included: Denver Broncos wide receiver Matt Willis, professional freerunners Tim "Livewire" Shieff (2009 World Champion) and Michael "Frosti" Zernow (who competed in Survivor: China and Jump City: Seattle).
|5||Drew Dreschel||Failed||Warped Wall|
|8||David "Flip" Rodriguez||Completed|
|1||Brent Steffensen||Failed||Metal Spin|
|5||Travis Furlanic||Failed||Metal Spin|
|6||Travis Rosen||Failed||Metal Spin|
|7||David "Flip" Rodriguez||Failed||Slider Drop|
|8||Jake Smith||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|1||Ryan Stratis||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
|2||James McGrath||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
|3||Paul Kasemir||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
|4||David Campbell||Failed||Ultimate Cliffhanger|
Season 4 (2012)
The fourth season of American Ninja Warrior began airing on May 20, 2012 on both G4 and NBC. There were six regional competitions held in three locations: Venice Beach, CA (Southwest and Northwest), Dallas, TX (Midwest and Midsouth), and Miami, FL (Northeast and Southeast) that determined the 100 competitors to participate in the qualifying rounds. The winner of the ANW Season Four competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. The season finale, held in Las Vegas, NV, was the first time that Mount Midoriyama was held on U.S. soil. Submission videos for American Ninja Warrior Season 4 have been collected since January 25, 2012.
Notable competitors this year included: British film actor William Moseley, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, stuntman Dan Mast, "Roam" (a.k.a. A.J. Amores) and "Chairman Platinum" from MMO video game company Artix Entertainment, freerunners from Jump City: Seattle David "Young Flip" Rodriguez and Drew Drechsel, and Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Bull Bullard.
100 finalists made it out of the regional competitions and were invited to Las Vegas.
|1||Tom Hutchman||Failed||Giant Swing|
|2||David Money||Failed||Final Climb|
|3||Cade Halada||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|4||Ronnie Shalvis Sr.||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|5||Michael Pericoloso||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|6||Marcus Ramos||Failed||Giant Swing|
|7||Alan Connealy||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|8||Ben Wicks||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|9||Michael 'Frosti' Zernow||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|10||Nick Kostner||Failed||Rope Ladder (Time Out)|
|11||Matt Mings||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|12||Andres De La Rosa||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|13||Tremayne Dortch||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|14||Paul O' Connor||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|15||Ronnie Shalvis Jr.||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|16||Nathaniel Aye||Failed||Giant Swing|
|17||John Sapsoto||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|18||Gunner Bahn||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|19||James Wyatt||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|20||Tony Reddick||Failed||Giant Swing|
|21||Dylan Curry||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|22||Andrew Lowes||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|23||Natalie Strausser||Failed||Rolling Log|
|24||Phillip Pirollo||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|25||Brian Kretsch||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|27||Niko Bogucki||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|28||Kelvin Antoine||Failed||Fell Off Course after Giant Swing|
|29||Ryan Thompson||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|30||Joshua Grant||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|31||Bradley Smith Jr.||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|33||Selena Laniel||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|34||Bob Pondrom||Failed||Giant Swing|
|35||Adam Grossman||Failed||Giant Swing|
|36||Dan Mast||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|38||Ryan Saegert||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|40||Kevan Reoli||Failed||Rolling Log|
|41||Jake Smith||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|42||Brendon Kelly||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|43||Patrick Cusic||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|45||Ryoga Vee||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|46||Scott Robinson||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|47||Andrew Wood||Failed||Step Slider|
|50||Thomas Hall||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|51||Dorian Cedars||Failed||Rope Ladder (Time Out)|
|52||Jonathan Morin||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|53||Risa Scott||Failed||Step Slider|
|54||Christopher Digangi||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|55||Justin Walcker||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|57||William Brown||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|58||Joyce Shaboz||Failed||Rolling Log|
|60||Nickolas Stephen||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|61||Jesse Villarreal||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|62||Nathan Sausedo||Failed||Rolling Log|
|64||Sean Morris||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|65||Chad Simpson||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|66||Michael Silenzi||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|67||Travis Graves||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|68||Joshua Horsely||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|69||Sat Khalsa||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|70||William 'Bull' Bullard||Failed||Final Climb (Time Out)|
|72||Arthur Skov||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|74||Justin Sweeney||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|75||Kevin Klein||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|76||Michael Eckert||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|78||Stephen Volcko||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|80||Kyle Cochran||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|81||Jaret Salas||Failed||Warped Wall|
|82||Jared Woods||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|84||Jack Morgan||Failed||Giant Swing|
|85||Dan Galiczynski||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|89||Jesse La Flair||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|90||Andrew Karsen||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|91||Luis Moco||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|92||David Campbell||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|96||Matthew Derouen||Failed||Step Slider|
|97||Tim 'Livewire' Sheiff||Failed||Spin Bridge|
|1||Nathaniel Spencer||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|2||Ben Snead||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|3||Will Dodd||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|4||Danny Johnson||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|5||Paul Darnell||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|6||J.B. Douglas||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|7||Lorin Ball||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|8||Josh Lobeck||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|9||Derek Nakamoto||Failed||Metal Spin|
|10||Ahmed Toure||Failed||Balance Tank|
|12||Elet Hall||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|13||Remi Bakkar||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|14||Chris Wilczewski||Failed||Slider Drop|
|15||Kole Stevens||Failed||Slider Drop|
|16||Sean Noble||Failed||Unstable Bridge (Dismount)|
|17||Brian Arnold||Failed||Balance Tank|
|18||Travis Rosen||Failed||Balance Tank|
|19||Brandon Douglass||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|20||Drew Drechsel||Failed||Unstable Bridge (Dismount)|
|21||Evan Dollard||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|22||James McGrath||Failed||Slider Drop|
|23||Paul Kasemir||Failed||Metal Spin|
|24||David Rodriguez||Failed||Balance Tank|
|1||Brent Steffensen||Failed||Hang Climb|
Season 5 (2013)
The fifth season of American Ninja Warrior premiered on June 30, 2013 on G4 with subsequent shows airing on NBC and G4. Notably, the sideboard advertising along the course listed Esquire Network as the broadcaster as the fifth season was to premiere after G4's transition to Esquire on April 22, 2013. The network switch was eventually delayed to September 23, 2013 and Esquire took over Style Network's channel space instead. Because of this, additional reruns of the season aired on Saturday nights on NBC through the summer, to maintain ratings momentum due to G4's lame duck status, with ANW being their only new program since they wound down all their original programming in January 2013.
Regional competitions were held in the following four locations to determine the 100 competitors to participate in the other stages: Venice Beach, CA; Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL; and Denver, CO. Tryouts for the season began in February 2013, with the last of the regional rounds taking place the following May. The winner of the ANW Season Five competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. Like the previous season, the season finale will be held in Las Vegas, NV, making the U.S. version of Mount Midoriyama its permanent home.
Notable competitors this year included: Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux, freerunners from Jump City: Seattle Brian Orosco, Michael "Frosti" Zernow, David "Flip" Rodriguez, Drew Drechsel, Jake Smith and Brent Steffensen (the first American to complete stage 2). His run ended on stage 3 the "Ultimate Cliffhanger" obstacle, Sasuke (TV series) & ANW veteran David Campbell, stunt-woman Jessie Graff (first woman in ANW history to make it to a regional finals ), personal trainer/former American Gladiator "Venom" Beth Horn, world champion freerunner Tim "Livewire" Shieff, Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard, "Artix" (a.k.a. Adam Bohn) from the video game studio Artix Entertainment, Olympic Gold Medalist runners Dee Dee Trotter and Lauryn Williams, Olympic Silver Medalist heptathlon athlete Hyleas Fountain, 7th grade English teacher Colby Frontiero, Emergency Room physician Noah Kaufman, MD who reduced another competitor's dislocated shoulder  (Alan Connealy,) former National Guardsman & ANW veteran Ryan Stratis, professional MMA fighter Jason Soares, Olympic silver medalist gymnast Terin Humphrey, former professional snowboarder Graham Watanabe, professional UFC MMA fighter and The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner John Dodson, and former NFL player Shawne Merriman.
This was the first season where females attempted the Warped Wall (obstacle #6) of a course. Nika Muckelroy made it to the Warped Wall in the Denver qualifying course. Jessie Graff fell in the Flying Nunchucks (obstacle #5) during Venice qualifying but advanced in 30th position and reached the Warped Wall of the Venice finals. Both were unable to get up the wall in the 3 attempts given.
|Order #||Competitor||Time Left|
|6||Jesse La Flair||00:26.97|
|18||Andres De La Rosa||00:07.60|
|Order #||Competitor||Time Left|
|1||Brian Arnold||Failed||Flying Bar|
|2||Travis Rosen||Failed||Floating Boards|
|3||James McGrath||Failed||Floating Boards|
|4||Joe Moravsky||Failed||Floating Boards|
|5||Travis Weinand||Failed||Doorknob Grasper|
|6||Casey Finley||Failed||Roulette Cylinder|
|7||Idoko Abuh||Failed||Roulette Cylinder|
No one defeated Stage 3, but Brian Arnold fell on the last obstacle, the Flying Bar, making him the farthest-going American on the Mount Midoriyama course since Kane Kosugi reached the final stage on SASUKE 8. He also made it farther than any competitor in American Ninja Warrior history, surpassing Brent Steffensen, who failed on the Hang Climb in Stage 3 the previous season.
Season 6 (2014)
Regional competitions were held in the following five locations to determine the 90 competitors to participate in the other stages: Venice Beach, CA, a return to Dallas, TX, new location St. Louis, MO, Miami, FL and Denver, CO. Like the previous season, the winner of the ANW Season Six competition receives $500,000 and the coveted "American Ninja Warrior" title. The season finale will be again held in Las Vegas, NV, the permanent home of the U.S. version of Mount Midoriyama.
- School Teacher Alex Kane
- U.S. Olympic luger Kate Hansen
- 5-time ANW veteran David Campbell
- The Biggest Loser personal trainer Kim Lyons
- former Ukraine Olympic gymnasts Vadym Krasnenko and Vadym Kuvakin
- ANW veteran and stuntman Brian Orosco
- 3-time ANW veteran Alan "The Beast" Connealy
- James "The Beast" McGrath
- U.S. Olympic Rower Susan Francia
- former American Gladiator Evan "Rocket" Dollard
- U.S. Olympic bobsledder Johnny Quinn
- U.S. Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton
- U.S. Olympic gymnast Terin Humphrey
- 4-time ANW veteran Brent Steffensen
- professional wrestler Matt Capiccioni
- 5-time ANW veteran Jamie Rahn (aka "Captain NBC")
- Karson Voiles
- Jared Gurney
- Travis Rosen
- Danny Goler
- professional wakeboarder Shaun Murray
- returning 5-year ANW veteran Brett Sims
- retired-MLB baseball player Rich Thompson
- U.S. Olympic luger Preston Griffall
- 5-time ANW veteran Ryan Stratis
- 3-time ANW veteran Drew Drechsel
- 3-time ANW veteran David "Flip" Rodriguez
- Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard
- professional BMX rider Morgan Wade
- professional MMA fighter Michelle Waterson
- U.S. Olympic snowboarder Faye Gulini
- 4-time ANW veteran Paul Kasemir
- Brian Arnold, farthest going American in Mount Midoriyama history, since Kane Kosugi made it to stage four in SASUKE 8.
This season, the women who attempted the Warped Wall (obstacle #6) from last season competed. So far three women out of 60 have completed the course. Former NCAA gymnast Kacy Catanzaro made ANW history when she became the first woman to complete the qualifying course, making it up the warped wall on her second try at 5:26.18 at the Dallas qualifiers, ranking her 21 out of 30; this also makes her the first woman to make it up the Warped Wall. Catanzaro became the second woman to attempt the finals course and the first to complete it, which she did with a time of 8:59.53, ranking her 7th out of 15. This made her the first woman to advance to Mount Midoriyama in Las Vegas.
ANW event coordinator Michelle Warnky became the second woman to finish the qualifying course, making it up the Warped Wall on her first try in a faster time (3:08.94) than Catanzaro at the St. Louis qualifiers, ranking her 19th out of 30. She also became the second woman ever to attempt the Salmon Ladder in the finals, coming up just inches short. She did receive a wild-card spot in Las Vegas, but she overshot on her dismount to the landing pad on the Silk Slider.
Rock climbing instructor Meagan Martin became the third woman to finish the course, making it up the Warped Wall on her third and final try at 4:46.29 at the Denver qualifiers, ranking her 22nd out of 30; she also became the first woman in ANW to complete the Devil Steps. However, in the Denver Finals, she came up short and fell at the Spikes into Cargo. She received a wild-card spot in Las Vegas, and became the first woman to complete the Jumping Spider, but ran out of time on the Warped Wall.
Before Catanzaro, Warnky, and Martin, the only woman to have beaten an American Ninja Warrior or Sasuke stage, trial, or qualifier was former Super Sentai stuntwoman Chie Nishimura (who beat Sasuke Stage 1 in 1998). Not even Kunoichi champions Rie Komiya or Ayako Miyake had managed it.
Other Notable Accomplishments
Truss builder Stephen France made ANW history when he became the first amputee ever to compete with a prosthetic limb in the qualifying round in Miami. Also ANW Trainer Drew Drechsel sets the second fastest time in any quailifer with 0:44.24 run, only seconds behind Michael "Frosti" Zernow who had the fastest time on season three in the Venice quailifers. At 52 years old, Jon Stewart became the oldest person to complete a Finals Course.
Brian Orosco - Competed since Season 1. Failed the qualifying round on the 2nd obstacle on the Spinning Wheel during Venice Qualifying.
Brent Steffensen - Competed since Season 2. Failed the qualifying round on the 5th obstacle on the Ring Toss during Dallas Qualifying
David "Flip" Rodriguez - Competed since Season 3. Failed the qualifying round on 4th obstacle on the Jump Hang during Miami Qualifying
Drew Drechsel - Competed since Season 3. Failed during the 2nd obstacle on the Downhill Pipe Drop during the Miami Finals.
Lorin Ball - Competed since Season 2. Failed the Salmon Ladder during the Denver Finals.
Idoko Abuh - Competed since Season 5. Disqualified when he touched Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.
Jesse La Flair - Competed since Season 4. Disqualified when he touched the Slack Ladder at the end during the Venice Qualifying.
Evan "The Rocket" Dollard - Competed since Season 2. Failed Cannonball Alley during the Venice Finals.
Dan Mast - Competed since Season 3. Failed Salmon Ladder during the Venice Finals.
James Sclar - Competed since Season 4. Failed Salmon Ladder during the Venice Finals.
Michael Bernardo - Competed since Season 2. Failed Bridge of Blades during the St. Louis Qualifier.
Travis Weinand - Competed since Season 3. Failed Rolling Escargot during Venice Qualifying.
Luis Moco - Competed since Season 2. Failed on the second obstacle the Rolling Log during the St. Louis Qualifying.
Brett Sims - Competed since Season 1. Failed the Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.
William Brown - Competed since Season 4. Failed the Dancing Stones during the Miami Finals.
Brendan Kelly - Competed since Season 4. Failed the Rope into Cargo Net during the St. Louis Qualifier.
Kyle Sinacori - Competed since Season 5. Failed the Quintuple Steps during the Denver Finals.
Matthew Laessig - Competed since Season 2. Failed the Ring Toss during the Dallas Finals.
David Money - Competed since Season 1. Failed the Monkey Peg during the Venice Finals.
Dan "Hotdog" Moschella - Competed since Season 5. Failed the Rope into Cargo Net during the St. Louis Qualifier.
Notable Run Achievements
Robert Ing - First man to complete the qualifying course this season
Kacy Catanzaro - First woman to make it up the Warped Wall
Michelle Warnky - Second woman to make it up the Warped Wall
Drew Dreschel - Second fastest Qualifying Run in history
Meagan Martin - Third woman to make it up the Warped Wall, first woman to complete the Jumping Spider.
Kevin Bull - First man to defeat Cannonball Alley, a high elimination rate obstacle
Kacy Catanzaro - First woman to complete the City Finals and punched her ticket to Mt. Midoryama without being a wildcard
Michelle Warnky - Second Woman to reach the Salmon Ladder
Joe " The Weatherman " Moravsky - Broke the Rumbling Dice and completed the course with the fastest time of the night
Jon Stewart - The oldest man to complete the City Finals
|1||Karsten Williams||Failed||Silk Slider|
|2||Dustin McKinney||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|3||Kevin Klein||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|4||Melanie Hunt (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|5||Sam Sann||Failed||Giant Cycle|
|6||David Gilbert||Failed||Silk Slider|
|7||Connor Moyer||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|8||Brian Kretsch||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|9||Luciano Acuna,Jr.||Failed||Silk Slider|
|10||Dan Entmacher||Failed||Silk Slider|
|11||John Vogt||Failed||Silk Slider|
|12||Joel Brady||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|13||Tremayne Dortch||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|14||Noel Reyes||Failed||Silk Slider|
|15||Karson Voiles||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|16||Travis Brewer||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|17||James McGrath||Failed||Silk Slider|
|18||Brandon Pannell||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|19||Lance Pekus||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|20||Andrew Karsen||Failed||Silk Slider|
|21||Stephens Nunnally||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|22||Amy Pajcic (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|23||Michelle Warnky (Wild Card)||Failed||Silk Slider|
|24||Dustin Rocho||Failed||Silk Slider|
|25||Derek Nakamoto||Failed||Silk Slider|
|26||Mario Mendoza (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|27||Alex Kane||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|28||Solomon Harvey||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|29||Meagan Martin (Wild Card)||Failed||Warped Wall (Time Out)|
|30||Courtney Venuti (Wild Card)||Failed||Giant Cycle|
|31||Michael Needham||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|32||Robert Ing||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|33||Aaron Himelright||Failed||Silk Slider|
|34||Matthew Schumann||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|35||Jamie Rahn||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|36||Kyle Cochran||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|37||Dorian Cedars||Failed||Silk Slider|
|38||Alan Conneally||Failed||Silk Slider|
|39||Ben Melick||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|40||Cass Clawson||Failed||Rope Ladder (Time Out)|
|41||Justin Kydd||Failed||Silk Slider|
|42||Adam Grossman||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|43||Matt Wilder||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|44||Vadym Kuvakin||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|45||David Campbell||Failed||Silk Slider|
|46||Daniel Larson-Fine||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|47||Rob Moravsky (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|48||Thaddeus Robeck||Failed||Silk Slider|
|49||Kevin Bull||Failed||Silk Slider|
|50||Samantha Guthrie (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|51||Jaret Salas||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|52||Todd Bourgeois||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|53||Brian Wilczewski||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|54||Kavon Sadler (Wild Card)||Failed||Silk Slider|
|55||Jon Stewart||Failed||Silk Slider|
|56||Kacy Catanzaro||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|57||Geoffrey Lancaster||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|58||Jonathan Morin||Failed||Silk Slider|
|59||TK Klengdong||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|60||Dan Polizzi||Failed||Silk Slider|
|61||Kenneth Niemitalo||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|62||Michael Eckert||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|63||Leila Noone (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|64||Sean Morris||Failed||Rope Ladder (Time Out)|
|65||Geoff Britten||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|66||Evan Dollard (Wild Card)||Failed||Silk Slider|
|67||Idako Abuh (Wild Card)||Failed||Jumping Spider|
|68||Michael Bernardo (Wild Card)||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|69||Joseph Rosello||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|70||Jeremy Morgan||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
|71||Dillon Gates (Wild Card)||Failed||Half-Pipe Attack|
|72||Keith Peters (Wild Card)||Failed||Spinning Bridge|
Stage 1 Clears
|2||Lorin Ball (Wild Card)||Cleared||00:35.29|
|6||Joshua Cook (Wild Card)||Cleared||00:23.71|
|9||Jo Jo Bynum||Cleared||00:17.85|
|15||Dr. Noah Kaufman||Cleared||00:07.98|
|1||J.J. Woods||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|2||Brian Arnold||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|3||Yen Chen||Failed||Butterfly Wall|
|4||Dr. Noah Kaufman||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|5||Dan Galiczynski||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|6||Ryan Stratis||Failed||Metal Spin|
|7||Andrew Lowes||Failed||Metal Spin|
|8||Isaac Caldiero||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|9||Travis Rosen||Failed||Metal Spin|
|10||Joseph "Jo Jo" Bynum||Failed||Unstable Bridge Transition|
|11||Abel Gonzalez||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|12||Chris Wilczewski||Failed||Metal Spin|
|13||Joshua Cook (Wild Card)||Failed||Butterfly Wall|
|14||Ian Dory||Failed||Metal Spin|
|16||Paul Kasemir||Failed||Unstable Bridge|
|17||Lorin Ball (Wild Card)||Failed||Double Salmon Ladder|
|1||Elet Hall||Failed||Floating Boards|
|2||Joe Moravsky*||Failed||Hang Climb|
Note: * Moravsky was only the third competitor to complete the "Ultimate Cliffhanger".
Season 7 (2015)
NBC has Renewed American Ninja Warrior for a 7th Season.
The qualifying cities will be TBA in season 7.
USA vs Japan (Las Vegas, January 2014)
During the Season 5 finale of American Ninja Warrior, NBC announced that a special USA vs. Japan matchup would take place, the first-ever team competition in American Ninja Warrior's history. The two-hour special premiered on January 13, 2014 at 8pm EST and matched five Japanese Sasuke All-Stars and New Stars - heroes of the original Ninja Warrior - against five American stars representing American Ninja Warrior at the American reconstruction of the Mount Midoriyama course in Las Vegas. At stake was the United States vs. Japan championship; also branded as the first world championship for Sasuke/American Ninja Warrior, and a trophy to match. American Ninja Warrior's regular broadcasting crew: analysts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila along with sideline reporter Jenn Brown.
|United States (American Ninja Warrior)||Japan (Sasuke)|
The teams faced off on each stage in turn, with each stage hosting its own round of five one-on-one matches and no competitor allowed to run the same stage twice. The first national team to win three matches out of five earned the point(s) for that stage. Stage One was worth one point, while Stage Two was worth two points and Stage Three was worth three. In the event of a 3-3 tie after the first three stages, the tiebreaker would be a one-off showdown where each country would pick one team member for a race to the top of the Final Stage.
- This stage was worth one point
|Match-up||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Point|
|1||James (The Beast) McGrath||1:16.67||Shingo Yamamoto||Failed on Warped Wall||USA|
|2||Paul Kasemir||1:24.80||Hitoshi Kanno||1:25.43||USA|
|3||Brent Steffensen||1:14.53 (new record)||Kazuma Asa||Failed on Giant Cycle||USA|
- This stage was worth two points
|Match-up||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Point|
|1||Brian Arnold||1:14.63||Ryo Matachi||Failed on Double Salmon Ladder||USA|
|2||Travis Rosen||Failed on Metal Spin||Yuuji Urushihara||Failed on Double Salmon Ladder||USA|
|3||James McGrath||1:15.00||Kazuma Asa||Failed on Double Salmon Ladder||USA|
- This stage was worth three points
|Match-up||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Point|
|1||Brian Arnold||Failed on Flying Bar (3:56.53)||Ryo Matachi||Failed on Flying Bar (3:55.03)||Japan|
|2||James McGrath||Failed on Floating Boards (0:37.53)||Yuuji Urushihara||Failed on Floating Boards (0:37.54)||USA|
|3||Brent Steffensen||Failed on Hang Climb||Shingo Yamamoto||Failed on Floating Boards||USA|
|4||Paul Kasemir||Failed on Flying Bar||Hitoshi Kanno||Failed on Ultimate Cliffhanger||USA|
Final Score: United States 6-0 Japan
Winners: American Ninja Warrior Team Champions: United States
USA vs. The World (Las Vegas, September 2014)
During the Season 6 finale, NBC announced that another special entitled USA vs. The World matchup would take place in Las Vegas under a new format. On September 15, Team USA competed against a returning Team Japan, and a new team, Team Europe. This was the "Second Annual International Competition" that pitted top competitors from the United States 'American Ninja Warrior', Japan Ninja Warrior (Sasuke),and also European All Stars. . The three-hour special aired on September 15, 2014 on NBC with an encore to air September 16, 2014 on Esquire. The special once again was hosted by hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila as well as sideline reporter Jenn Brown.
Team rosters were revealed late summer 2014.
|Team USA||Team Japan||Team Europe|
Similar to the original USA vs. Japan special, teams run multiple heats in each stage, with one competitor from each of the three teams participating in each heat. There are three heats per stage. The team that completes the heat in the fastest time or fails at the furthest obstacle will receive points for that heat. For Stage 1, each heat is worth one point (3 points total), Stage 2 is worth two points per heat (6 total), and Stage 3 is worth 3 points per heat (9 points total). In the event of a tie in points between two or three teams Stage 4 will be used as a tiebreaker with the team climbing the fastest winning it all.
Each heat winner received one point for his team.
|Heat||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Europe||Finish Time||Point|
|1||Joe Moravsky||1:12.72 (new record)||Shingo Yamamoto||Failed - Jumping Spider||Vadym Kuvakin||Timed Out - Final Climb||USA|
|2||Elet Hall||Failed - Silk Slider||Hitoshi Kanno||Failed - Warped Wall||Tim Shieff||1:02.70 (new record)||Europe|
|3||Paul Kasemir||1:17.21||Kazuma Asa||Failed - Jumping Spider||Miska Sutela||Timed Out - Warped Wall||USA|
Each heat winner received two points for his team.
|Heat||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Europe||Finish Time||Point|
|1||Brian Arnold||2:55.57||Yusuke Morimoto||Failed - Butterfly Wall||Stefano Ghisolfi||Failed - Double Salmon Ladder||USA|
|2||Travis Rosen||1:48.00||Ryo Matachi||Failed - Rope Jungle||Tim Shieff||Failed - Metal Spin||USA|
|3||Elet Hall||2:06.32||Hitoshi Kanno||Failed - Rope Jungle||Sean McColl||1:46.51||Europe|
Each heat winner received three points for his team.
|Heat||United States||Finish Time||Japan||Finish Time||Europe||Finish Time||Point|
|1||Paul Kasemir||Failed - Cannonball Incline||Kazuma Asa||Failed - Cannonball Incline||Vadym Kuvakin||Failed - Hang Climb||Europe|
|2||Joe Moravsky||Failed - Hang Climb||Yusuke Morimoto||5:38.91||Stefano Ghisolfi||4:46.89||Europe|
|3||Brian Arnold||4:39.90||Ryo Matachi||5:04.67||Sean McColl||Failed - Flying Bars||USA|
Whomever climbs the rope the fastest wins the tiebreaker and the championship trophy for his team.
|United States||Finish Time||Europe||Finish Time|
|Travis Rosen||0.35.77||Sean McColl||0:35.46|
Final Score: USA 9, Europe 9, Japan 0
Winners: American Ninja Warrior Team Champions: Europe
Joe Moravsky beat Brent Steffenson's record (from ANW4) for the fastest time in Stage 1, beating Steffenson's time of 1:14.53 with a time of 1:12.72. However, Tim Shieff beat Moravsky's time in a subsequent heat by finishing in 1:02.70 - the fastest time ever on Stage 1 in ANW history.
Travis Rosen achieved the fastest time by an American on Stage 2 with 1:48.00, but Sean McColl finished with a time of 1:46.51, the fastest of the season. All three Americans (Travis Rosen, Elet Hall, and Paul Kasmir completed Stage 2, with Sean McColl also completing it for Team Europe).
Yusuke Morimoto made ANW history by becoming the first athlete to ever finish Stage 3 with a time of 5:38.91. Stefano Ghisolfi also completed Stage 3 in the same heat, beating Morimoto's time finishing in 4:46.89. Ryo Matachi followed by becoming the third athlete to complete Stage 3 with a time of 5:04.67. In the last run of Stage 3, Brian Arnold became the first American athlete to complete the stage with a time of 4:39.90, the fastest time of the four finishers. Arnold's finish dramatically moved the USA into a tie with Team Europe, forcing a deciding tiebreak on Stage 4.
For the first time in ANW history, the athletes competed on Stage 4. Travis Rosen was selected as the first competitor on ANW to attempt the final stage and he made it all the way up Mt. Midoriyama's 90-foot tower with a 77-foot rope with a time of 0:35.77. However, Sean McColl beat Rosen's time by 3/10th of a second (0:00.31), winning the competition for Team Europe as they became the World Champions of ANW.
Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers
|ANW Season||Qualifying Round||City Finals|
|1||Quintuple Steps||Rope Swing||Rolling Barrel||Jumping Spider||Pipe Slider||Warped Wall||Tarzan Swing||Jumping Bars||Cargo Climb|
|2||Quad Steps||Rope Swing||Bridge of Blades||Jumping Spider||Jumping Bars||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Circle Slider||Cargo Climb|
|3||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Bridge of Blades||Jump Hang||Jumping Bars||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Unstable Bridge||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Southwest Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Spinning Log||Jump Hang||Devil Steps||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Arm Rings||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Midwest Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Bridge of Blades||Jump Hang||Curtain Slider||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Lamp Grasper||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Northeast Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Bungee Bridge||Jump Hang||Jumping Bars||Wall Lift||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Cycle Road||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Northwest Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Spinning Log||Jump Hang||Pipe Slider/Devil Steps||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Arm Rings||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Mid-South Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Bridge of Blades||Jump Hang||Rope Junction||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Lamp Grasper||Cargo Climb|
|4 (Southeast Regional)||Quad Steps||Log Grip||Bungee Bridge||Jump Hang||Swing Circle||Wall Lift||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Cycle Road||Cargo Climb|
|5 (Venice Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Frame Slider||Domino Hill||Floating Chains||Flying Nunchucks/Trapeze Swing||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Rope Maze||Cliffhanger||Spider Climb|
|5 (Baltimore Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Downhill Jump||Prism Tilt||Swing Jump||Circle Cross||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Spider Climb|
|5 (Miami Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Utility Pole Slider||Balance Bridge||Slider Jump||Monkey Peg||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Ledge Jump||Rolling Steel||Spider Climb|
|5 (Denver Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Rolling Log||Rotating Bridge||Jump Hang Kai
(8 1/2-9 1/2 ft)
|Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Floating Stairs||Pole Grasper||Spider Climb|
|6 (Venice Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Spinning Wheel||Slack Ladder||Jumping Bars/Cargo Net||Monkey Peg||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Cannonball Alley||Body Prop||Spider Climb|
|6 (Dallas Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Log Grip||Tilting Table||Swing Jump||Ring Toss||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Swinging Frames||Pole Grasper||Spider Climb|
|6 (St. Louis Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Rolling Log||Bridge of Blades||Rope Swing/Cargo Net||Double Tilt Ladder||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Rumbling Dice||Crazy Cliffhanger||Spider Climb|
|6 (Miami Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Downhill Pipe Drop||Dancing Stones||Jump Hang||Curtain Slider||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Minefield||Floating Stairs||Spider Climb|
|6 (Denver Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Cat Grab||Spinning Log||Spikes into Cargo||Devil Steps||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Arm Rings||Doorknob Grasper||Spider Climb|
Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Finals
|Comp #||Stage 1 Obstacles||Time Limit|
|1||Twelve Timbers||Curtain Slider||Log Grip||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Slider Jump||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||120s|
|2||Step Slider||Hazard Swing||Rolling Escargot||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Giant Swing||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||130s|
|3||Step Slider||Rolling Escargot||Giant Swing||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Spinning Bridge||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||125s|
|4||Step Slider||Rolling Log||Giant Swing||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Spinning Bridge||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||130s|
|5||Twelve Timbers||Giant Cycle||Rope Glider||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Spinning Bridge||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||125s|
|6||Piston Road||Giant Cycle||Silk Slider||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall (14 feet)||Spinning Bridge||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder||125s|
|Comp #||Stage 2 Obstacles||Time Limit|
|1||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Unstable Bridge||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||70 s|
|2||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||95 s|
|3||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||90 s|
|4||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||105 s|
|5||Hang Slider||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||125 s|
|6||Rope Jungle||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Butterfly Wall||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||125 s|
|Comp #||Stage 3 Obstacles|
|1||Arm Rings||Descending Lamp Grasper||Devil Steps||Shin Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Hang Climb||Spider Flip||Gliding Ring|
|2||Roulette Cylinder||+||Doorknob Grasper||Cycle Road||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Jumping Rings||Bungee Rope Climb||Flying Bar|
|3||Arm Bike||Flying Bar||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Jumping Ring||+||Chain See-Saw||Bungee Rope Climb||Bar Glider|
|4||Roulette Cylinder||+||Doorknob Grasper||Floating Boards||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Bungee Rope Climb||+||Hang Climb||Spider Flip||Flying Bar|
|5||Roulette Cylinder||+||Doorknob Grasper||Floating Boards||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Bungee Rope Climb||+||Hang Climb||Spider Flip||Flying Bar|
|6||Cannonball Incline||+||Doorknob Grasper||Floating Boards||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Propeller Bar||+||Hang Climb||Spider Flip||Flying Bar|
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