American Ninja Warrior

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American Ninja Warrior
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Genre Documentary
Sports Entertainment
Directed by Patrick McManus
Presented by Matt Iseman
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
Kristine Leahy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 98[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Holly M. Wofford
Vittoria Cacciatore
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 42-85 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)
Release
Original channel G4 (2009–2013);
Esquire Network (2014-present)
NBC (2012–present)
Original release December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12) – present
Chronology
Preceded by American Ninja Challenge (2006–08)
Related shows Sasuke
External links
Website

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" 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.

The seventh season premiered on May 25, 2015 on NBC. As of September 15, 2014, no one has won the grand prize.

Through 6 seasons of the show, no one has advanced past the 3rd of 4 stages in the final round. Fans of the show have only seen brief glimpses of the mysterious final stage rather than a full explanation since no contestants have actually gotten there. Although the number of competitors trying out has increased over time, producers have added more difficult obstacles over the seasons, making the possibility of someone actually winning the grand prize seem even more remote.[2] Producers have twice increased the prize, from $250,000 to $500,000 to $1,000,000.

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.

Notable competitors included: famed freerunners Levi Meeuwenberg and Brian Orosco, mixed martial artist Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Hollywood stuntman Rich King.

Finalists

Season 1 (Sasuke 23) finalists
1st Brian Orosco 73* Unstable Bridge (Stage 2)
2nd Levi Meeuwenberg 95* Shin-Cliffhanger (Stage 3)
3rd Travis Furlanic 44 Jumping Spider (Stage 1)
4th Paul Darnell 43 Half-Pipe Attack (Stage 1)
5th Rich King 42 Unstable Bridge (Stage 2)
6th Caine Sinclair 41 Timed Out Rope Ladder (Stage 1)
7th Shane Daniels Timed Out Tarzan Rope (Stage 1)
8th Geoff Iida Warped Wall (Stage 1)
9th Joop Katana Timed Out Slider Jump (Stage 1)
10th Rick Huelga Timed Out Slider Jump (Stage 1)
  • 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.

This season was hosted by Matt Iseman and Jimmy Smith, with G4's Alison Haislip as a sideline reporter.

Notable competitors this year included: professional freerunner Brent Steffensen, former American Gladiator Evan Dollard, and former Survivor contestant Ozzy Lusth.

Finalists

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" (bandanas):

Red Dragons:

Order # Competitor
1 Brent Steffensen
2 Travis Furlanic
3 Paul Kasemir
4 David Campbell

White Tigers:

Order # Competitor
1 Shane Daniels
2 Levi Meeuwenberg

Blue Monkeys:

Order # Competitor
1 Brian Orosco
2 Patrick Cusic
3 Adam Truesdell
4 Evan Dollard

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.

Stage 1

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle/time
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

Stage 2

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle/time
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

Stage 3

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
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.
  • Results: Rather than between 0 and 100 competitors achieving total victory, the top 10 competitors of ANW were sent to compete on Mount Midoriyama in Japan, with the original course restrictions.

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.

The final episode aired on August 22, 2011 as a two-hour primetime special on NBC.[3][4]

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).

Stage 1

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brent Steffensen Completed
2 Paul Kasemir Completed
3 David Campbell Completed
4 James McGrath Completed
5 Drew Drechsel Failed Warped Wall
6 Travis Furlanic Completed
7 Travis Rosen Completed
8 David "Flip" Rodriguez Completed
9 Ryan Stratis Completed
10 Jake Smith Completed

Stage 2

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 Brent Steffensen Failed Metal Spin
2 Paul Kasemir Completed
3 David Campbell Completed
4 James McGrath Completed
5 Travis Furlanic Failed Metal Spin
6 Travis Rosen Failed Metal Spin
7 David "Flip" Rodriguez Failed Slider Drop
8 Ryan Stratis Completed
9 Jake Smith Failed Double Salmon Ladder

Stage 3

Order # Finalist Outcome Obstacle
1 James McGrath Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger
2 Ryan Stratis 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 had been collected since January 25, 2012.[5] The entire format was changed as well - regional qualifiers in different parts of the country were aired and the Mt. Midoriyama course was recreated just off the Las Vegas Strip for the national finals. The regional qualifiers would narrow down its selections down to 30 contestants who finished its qualifying course in the fastest time as well as the contestants who finished the furthest the fastest. Qualifying obstacles would include common Stage 1 obstacles such as the Quintuple steps and the Warped wall, but its contents would change from city to city. The 30 contestants were then cut in half in the regional finals where the course would extend to include common Stage 2 and Stage 3 obstacles such as the Salmon Ladder, Cliffhanger and Body Prop. The 90 contestants who qualified (including wild cards) earned tickets to Las Vegas to challenge Mt. Midoriyama.

This season was again hosted by Matt Iseman, with a new host, skier Jonny Moseley, and newcomer Angela Sun as the sideline reporter.

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.[6] 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 Venice Beach, CA; Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL; and Denver, CO. Tryouts for the season began in February 2013,[7] and ended with the last of the regional rounds taking place the following May.[8] The finale was once again held in Las Vegas, NV.

The season is again hosted by Matt Iseman, while two newcomers joined the panel; co-host Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and sideline reporter Jenn Brown.

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.

Season 6 (2014)

The sixth season of American Ninja Warrior premiered on May 25, 2014 on NBC with subsequent shows airing on Monday nights at 9:00pm EST[9] and Tuesday nights at 8:00pm EST on Esquire Network.[10] Regional competitions were held Venice Beach, CA, Dallas, TX,St. Louis, MO, Miami, FL and Denver, CO. The season finale was again held in Las Vegas, NV, the permanent home of the U.S. version of Mount Midoriyama. This season was hosted by commentators Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, with Jenn Brown as the sideline reporter. Notable competitors this season included The Biggest Loser personal trainer Kim Lyons, U.S. Olympic gymnasts Jonathan Horton and Terin Humphrey, among others. Again, no competitor achieved "total victory."

Season 7 (2015)

Fastest Qualifiers

Kevin Bull of Venice Beach had the fastest time on a qualifying course.

City Qualifier Time
Venice Beach Kevin Bull 0:56.40
Kansas City Lorin Ball 0:58.34
Houston Daniel Gil 1:30.78
Orlando Jon Alexis Jr. 1:37.75
Pittsburgh Elet Hall 1:22.71
San Pedro Robin Pietschmann 3:05.51

Fastest Finalists

James McGrath had the fastest time on a City Finals course.

City Fastest Time Time
Venice Beach Nicholas Coolridge
(Coolridge was the only finisher)
6:06.89
Kansas City Lance Pekus 5:38.44
Houston Jeremiah Morgan 6:16.68
Orlando James McGrath 5:30.50
Pittsburgh Geoff Britten 6:44.81
San Pedro Dustin Mckinney
(Mckinney was the only finisher)
9:48.75

ANW Specials

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.[11] The two-hour special premiered on January 13, 2014 at 8pm EST on NBC 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. The special featured American Ninja Warrior's regular broadcasting crew: analysts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila along with sideline reporter Jenn Brown.

Rosters

United States (American Ninja Warrior) Japan (Sasuke)
  • Brent Steffensen
    First American to complete Ultimate Cliffhanger
  • Paul Kasemir ("Mr. Consistency")
    4-time Midoriyama veteran
  • James McGrath ("The Beast")
    3-time Midoriyama veteran
  • Travis Rosen ("The Tennessee Trader")
    3-time Midoriyama veteran
  • Brian Arnold
    Top finisher at ANW 5 (Flying Bar)
  • Shingo Yamamoto ("The Godfather")
    All-Star, veteran of every Sasuke season
  • Yuuji Urushihara ("The Grand Champion")
    New Star, two total victories in Sasuke
  • Ryo Matachi ("The Superfan")
    New Star, reached Final Stage once
  • Hitoshi Kanno ("The Muscle")
    New Star, reached Final Stage once
  • Kazuma Asa ("The Speed Demon")
    New Star, Stage 1 world record holder (at the time.)

Scoring

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.

Stage 1

  • 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

Stage 2

  • 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

Stage 3

  • 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 (0:38.54) 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. .[12] 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.

Rosters

Team rosters were revealed late summer 2014.[13]

Team USA Team Japan Team Europe
  • Brian Arnold - 36, Brighton, CO - American athlete who has gone the furthest on the Las Vegas Mt. Midoriyama course.*
  • Elet Hall ("The Natural") - 24, Cavetown, MD - one of only two men to make it to Stage 3 this season.
  • Paul Kasemir ("Mr. Consistency") - 28, Longmont, CO - the M.V.P. of the team that defeated the Japanese last year.
  • Joe Moravsky ("The Weatherman") - 25, Sherman, CT - went further than anyone else this past season.
  • Travis Rosen (The Tennessee Trader") - 40, Franklin, TN - A part of Team USA last year and captain of this year's all-star group.
  • Hitoshi Kanno ("The Muscle") - 29, Kashiwa, Japan Reached Sasuke Final Stage, ten-time Sasuke veteran
  • Kazuma Asa ("The Speed Demon") - 32, Amagasaki, Japan - Stage 1 world record holder
  • Ryo Matachi - 25, Kawasaki, Japan - Reached Sasuke Final Stage
  • Yusuke Morimoto - 22, Tosa, Japan - Sasuke rising star, competing seven times, first competing at age 15
  • Shingo Yamamoto ("The Godfather"), - 40, Tokyo, Japan - Captain of Team Japan and only athlete to compete in all 30 seasons of Sasuke
  • Tim Shieff ("The Livewire") - 26, London, England - Captain of Team Europe, world champion professional free runner, ANW veteran, competing on three seasons.
  • Sean McColl - 27, Chambery, France - Canadian professional World Champion rock climber and current overall climbing champion
  • Stefano Ghisolfi - 21, Turin, Italy - Professional World Cup rock climber, number one ranked Italian climber
  • Miska Sutela - 23, Oulu, Finland - Ninja Warrior superfan, has trained all over the world, including Japan, trained with the Sasuke All-Stars. Built 35 NW obstacles in his parent's backyard to train on.
  • Vadym Kuvakin - 29, Kherson, Ukraine - Former Olympic gymnast, current member of the Cirque du Soleil cast for "La Reve" in Las Vegas

Note: * Kane Kosugi is the American who has gone the furthest on Mt. Midoriyama, reaching the final stage in Japan in Sasuke 8.

Scoring

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.

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

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

Stage 4

Whomever climbed the rope the fastest won 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

Season Highlights

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 Brian Arnold 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 second American athlete to complete the stage (after Kane Kosugi did it in Sasuke 8) with a time of 4:39.90, the fastest time of the four finishers. Arnold's finish 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. Rosen missed on his first attempt at hitting the buzzer at the end of the rope climb.

Best American Results

Rank Competitor Stage Obstacle Competition
1 Kane Kosugi Final Failed final obstacle: Rope Climb (about 18m up) Sasuke 8
2 Brian Arnold Third Failed 8th/final obstacle: Flying Bar American Ninja Warrior 5
3 Brent Steffensen Third Failed 6th obstacle: Hang Climb American Ninja Warrior 4
3 Joe Moravsky Third Failed 6th obstacle: Hang Climb American Ninja Warrior 6
4 Travis Schraeder Third Failed 5th/final obstacle: Pipe Slider Sasuke 4
5 Paul Terek Third Failed 4th obstacle: Cliff Hanger Sasuke 17
5 Levi Meeuwenberg Third Failed 4th obstacle: Shin-Cliffhanger Sasuke 20 and Sasuke 23 (ANW 1)
5 Drew Drechsel Third Failed 4th obstacle: Crazy Cliffhanger Sasuke 30
6 Morgan Hamm Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Curtain Cling Sasuke 15
6 David Campbell Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Ultimate Cliffhanger Sasuke 27 (ANW 3)
6 Ryan Stratis Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Ultimate Cliffhanger Sasuke 27 (ANW 3)
6 James McGrath Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Ultimate Cliffhanger Sasuke 27 (ANW 3)
6 Paul Kasemir Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Ultimate Cliffhanger Sasuke 27 (ANW 3)
6 Travis Rosen Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Floating Boards American Ninja Warrior 5
6 Elet Hall Third Failed 3rd obstacle: Floating Boards American Ninja Warrior 6
7 Shane Kosugi Third Failed 2nd obstacle: Body Prop Sasuke 7
7 Brian Orosco Third Failed 2nd obstacle: Doorknob Grasper Sasuke 25
7 Travis Weinand Third Failed 2nd obstacle: Doorknob Grasper American Ninja Warrior 5
8 Casey Finley Third Failed 1st obstacle: Roulette Cylinder American Ninja Warrior 5
8 Idoko Abuh Third Failed 1st obstacle: Roulette Cylinder American Ninja Warrior 5
9 Paul Hamm Second Failed 6th/final obstacle: Wall Lifting Sasuke 14
10 Travis Furlanic Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin Sasuke 27 (ANW 3)
10 Chris Wilczewski Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin American Ninja Warrior 6
10 Andres de la Rosa Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin American Ninja Warrior 5
10 Andrew Lowes Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin American Ninja Warrior 6
10 Ian Dory Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin American Ninja Warrior 6
10 Derek Nakamoto Second Failed 5th obstacle: Metal Spin American Ninja Warrior 4
10 Ahmed Toure Second Failed 4th obstacle: Balance Tank American Ninja Warrior 4

Awards

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