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||27|
|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. The series began on December 12, 2009, in Los Angeles, with the top 10 competitors moving on to compete at "Mt. 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 an identical Mt. 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 Mt. Midoriyama course.
The sixth season premiered on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9/8c on NBC and Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8/7c on Esquire Network.
- 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 USA vs Japan (2014-Present)
- 8 Season 6 (2014)
- 9 Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 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.
|Place||Name||SASUKE #||Failed obstacle|
|1st||Brian Orosco||75*||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 (Mt. 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 Mt. 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 Mt. 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 Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. As such, there is no "final" stage in the American version.
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 Mt. 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 Strasser||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|
|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 fourth 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 Mt. 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||Idoko Abuh||Failed||Doorknob Grasper|
No one defeated Stage 3, but Brian Arnold fell on the last obstacle, the Flying Bar, making him the farthest-going American on the Mt. 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.
USA vs Japan (2014-Present)
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 Mt. 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 - called the event for NBC. Already, the next match in this series has been scheduled for the original Mt. Midoriyama course at the Tokyo Broadcasting System lot in Aoba-ku, Yokohama in 2015.
Inaugural Match (Las Vegas, 2014)
|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 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
American Ninja Warrior Team Champions: United States
Season 6 (2014)
Regional competitions were held in the following five locations to determine the 100 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.
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 and 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 Gymnasts Jonathan Horton and Terin Humphrey , 4-time ANW Veteran Brent Steffensen, professional wrestler Matt Capiccioni, 5-time ANW Veteran Jamie Rahn (aka "Captain NBC"), Karson Voiles, and Travis Rosen, , 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 Veterans Drew Drechsel and 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, and Brian Arnold, the only American to make it the farthest at Mount Midoriyama.
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 first woman to not only attempt the finals course but also 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.
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.
Before Catanzaro, Warnky, and Martin, the only woman to have beaten an American Ninja Warrior or Sasuke stage 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.
Truss builder Stephen France made ANW history when he became the first amputee ever to compete with a prosthetic limb in the quailfying 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.
- Brent Steffensen- Competed since season 2 failed the qualifying round on the 5th obstacle on the Ring Toss.
- David "The Flip" Rodriguez- Competed since season 3 failed the qualifying round failed on 4th obstacle on the Jump Hang.
Top people in Las Vegas
- James "The Beast" McGrath
- Kevin Bull
- David "The Godfather" Campbell
- Kacy Catanzaro
- Travis Rosen
- Joe Moravsky
Obstacles in American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers
|ANW Season||Qualifying Round||City Finals|
|1||Quintuple Steps||Rope Swing||Spinning Log||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||Mine Field||Spider Climb|
|6 (Denver Qualifiers)||Quintuple Steps||Cat Grab||Spinning Log||Spikes into Cargo||Devil Steps||Warped Wall||Salmon Ladder||Doorknob Grasper||Spider Climb|
- The name used on the American show redundantly includes both "Mount" and "Yama," the suffix meaning "mountain" in Japanese.
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