Stage 1 Heat 1
Four stages... 12 years... Over 2200 world-class
athletes... One word... SASUKE. At the base of the famed Mt. Midoriyama in
Japan, the world-famous SASUKE obstacle course rests, waiting for those who are
brave enough... or foolhardy enough... to take on its four stages. The only way
to win is to complete all four stages, including a half a minute of hell
climbing up the metal monolith that overlooks the entire course. So far, in the
decade-long history of the competition, only two have achieved total victory.
Now as a new tournament prepares to begin,
thousands of American hopefuls have auditioned for a chance to become part of
G4's 10-man delegation to the next SASUKE tournament in Japan in January. Only
the best will be able to negotiate the heats and end on the team that will take
on Mt. Midoriyama and have a chance at total victory.
This is not just a game... this is... AMERICAN
The road to Mt. Midoriyama is not an easy one.
You're going to have to take on the famed obstacles here in America before you
have a chance at total victory.
The Qualifying Round will seek to separate the
warriors from the wannabes as potential contestants take on six SASUKE-inspired
- QUINTUPLE STEP: five angled platforms.
- ROPE SWING: Tarzan yourself across 20 feet of water.
- BARREL ROLL: like a balance beam... only it turns.
- SPIDER WALL: use your hands and feet to get across.
- PIPE SLIDER: use your upper body to propel yourself via a pipe to the
- WARPED WALL: ... no explanation needed.
The 30 competitors that finish in the shortest
time (read: survive) will move on to the next round, the Expanded Course with
three new obstacles added. Top 15 advance to the Final Stage. But that comes
later. Right now, it's game time!
PJ Hradilek is first to the course... He's a
personal trainer who should have no problem with this course, right? WRONG.
Chi-Yoon Chung is next... She has sheer willpower on her side... And little
else. Shawn Carper is next. He's dressed like Bruce Lee... but he talks like
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Can't fault him too much, as he's the first competitor to
pass the Quintuple Step. Can't say the same for the Rope Swing. Luvelle Mendoza
is on the course, only 4'10"... Not long enough for the Quint-Step. Ginnie Phong
is next... and she misses the platform on the Rope Swing. Swinging is only half
the battle. Peter Austin is next. He considers himself lazy... and he gets the
lazy eye on the Rope Swing. So far as we fast-forward, NO ONE has yet to clear
Next up, the Green Man... also known as David
Moss in a body suit. Can he see out of that thing? Apparently... NOT, as he hits
the water on the Swing. Trainer Trish Knopp has completed the Navy SEALS course,
so this should be a cakewalk. Started later... started further... didn't help.
Ryoga Vee, an entertainer... and an OBVIOUS fanboy. He gets to the swing... and
to the other side... then back to the start... then back to the other side...
then back to the start again... then to the other side again... Dude, you're
gonna have to let go already. He does... at the start. He's getting a second
chance and..... foot hits the water. Big stick no love. Dylan Wight is next...
and the tattooed wonder will have to find a footing and the position. He
finds... neither. Jim Ounniyom next on the course... and he's the first to pass
the Rope Swing... unfortunately, he's also the first to get squished on the
Spider Wall. And he's not the only one.
Jeff Torres is decked out in full shadow gear.
But does he have the moves to match? So far, so good... And then comes the
Spider Wall.. and the spider fall. But next to take on the course, a two-time
Midoriyama veteran, Brett Sims. His runs ended on the Jumping Spider and the
Warped Wall respectively. Is third time the charm? Looks to be as he's the first
contestant to take on the Pipe Slider. But... he takes a dive when his pipe
slides off the obstacle.
Daniel "Bones" Devane is next, and he's got a
nice extension... and he's taking his time as well. Time not a factor YET. Off
to the Pipe Slider, and so far, he's faring well... He's taking his time...
and... PASSED. Finally, the Warped Wall. Competitors will only get five shots at
it. Bones only needs two. FINISH!
Next up, Xin Wuku. If you've seen season 2 of
American Gladiators in 2007, you know him better as "Zen", but will he have the
Zen needed to complete the course? False start.. false start again... And boom,
nice. He even has time to show off for the crowd. "Go go Gadget Xin!" WHAT DID
HE SAY?! Doesn't matter as Urban Ninja Xin makes it over the Warped Wall and
locks in the FINISH!
Will MMA fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller be the
third person to finish the course? No, because a few more follow in his
footsteps in the Fast Forward. But he takes to the course with a fierce physical
AND mental game. He arrives at the Warped Wall all sorts of exhausted. Can he
push past the pain? YES! FINISH!
And we've come to the FINISH! of Heat 1. Here's
what the board looks like so far.
1) Xin "Urban Ninja" Wuku - 1:24.7
2) Adam Truesdell - 1:25.9
3) Califf Guzman - 1:29.1
4) Jon Barnes - 1:35.1
5) Ivan Kim - 1:36.1
6) Frank Agzarian - 1:42.6
7) Daniel "Bones" Devane - 1:52.0
8) Jason "Mayhem" Miller - 2:55.0
As the competition continues next time, stay
tuned for.... MORE crazy competitors... MORE insane obstacles... and MORE...
"American Ninja Warrior!"
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