Stage 1 Heat 3
Last time on American Ninja Warrior, our
qualifiers juiced up the board, meaning that now time is a factor. And
after today, only the 30 fastest players will move on to Stage 2. The
time to beat: 1:52. At the top of the board, SASUKE veteran Brian Orosco
with 44 seconds and change.
First up, comic San Thach, aka Supernerd.
He's coming in with highwaters... He used to be a Marine. Will that be a
factor in his run? He's gone to the maximum of five attempts and...
nothing. FAIL. Next up, Joop Katana hopes to slice through the course in
his yuppie gear. 1986 called, Joop. They want their Dockers back. Joop
says, "You can have them as soon as I finish this Warped Wall." FINISHED
David Campbell is next on the board. He
faced the actual course in Japan, but he timed out. He's hoping for
redemption today. He just might get it. He's the top of the board with
:35! His nephew Travis Furlanic is next. He looks as if he just might be
able to beat it if he finishes the Pipe Slider quick enough. He doesn't
beat HIS time, but he does add his name. Seven more would follow. The
time to beat now: 1:25.
Next aspiring ninja is Chris Delfin from
Virginia. He says that he's been training for a long time. Can he
execute execute execute? Chris, a powerlifting champion, is absolutely
tearing this course apart... Clocks in with :37.
Ryan Cousins follows. He's a parkour
specialist from Chicago. With time now a factor, contestants are
refusing to give up on momentum. Ryan's no expectation with 37.8
Next to go is SASUKE veteran Luci
Romberg, a black belt... free runner... gymnast... and a stuntwoman. And
apparently she likes eggs. She has a shaky landing, but she needs to be
faster... Unfortunately, she gets cracked by the Pipe Slider. Rich King
is next. Can he do what Luci couldn't? He can jump with the pipe and he
doesn't even breathe after the Warped Wall. Four more players follow.
We saved the best for last. Next up,
Caine Sinclair. He flies through the course and clocks in at :39.0. And
all he did was watch this show religiously. TV is good ... Paul Darnell
is next, a free runner. He has the moves, but does he have the speed?
Yes, at :35.7. Following him, from San Diego, Masashi Oguchi. He's
racing through the course in flip flops... That's... gonna cost ya.
William Spencer is next... and he's got a famous training partner in
Levi Meeuwenberg. We'll see him later. Right now, we see William top the
board at 33 flat.
And finally, we have the man who's gotten
further than any American in Ninja Warrior history, Levi Meeuwenberg.
He's faced this course THREE times. Can he beat the time of 61 seconds?
He's absolutely flawless on the course. He could set a record here...
and he gives a trademark flip... and 38 seconds is good to make the
And that will do it for Stage 1. Here are
FINAL Stage 1 LEADERBOARD:
1) WILLIAM SPENCER - :33.0
2) DAVID CAMPBELL - :35.0
3) PAUL DARNELL - :35.7
4) RICH KING - :35.8
5) CHRIS DELFIN - :37.1
6) RYAN COUSINS - :37.8
7) LEVI MEEUWENBERG - :38.2
8) CAINE SINCLAIR - :39.0
9) DORIAN CEDARS - :39.7
10) JASON KHAZI - :41.2
11) Matt Marshall - :42.5
12) Travis Furlanic - :43.5
13) Brian Orosco - :44.1
14) David Gruner - :44.4
15) Sean Morris - :45.3
16) Gabe Nunez - :45.6
17) Geoff Iida - :46.3
18) Elias Worsencroft - :46.7
19) Andrew Karsen - :47.1
20) Andrew Taber - :47.7
21) Ruselis "Blackie Chan" Perry - :47.9
22) Jacob Smith - :48.0
23) Shane Daniels - :51.5
24) Sam Reynolds - :52.8
25) Gabriel Cortes - :55.8
26) Rick Huelga - :58.1
27) Joop Katana - :59.0
28) Tra Truong - :59.10
29) Matt Asanuma - :59.16
30) Brian Kretsch - 1:00.0
As we set the stage for Stage 2, stay
with us for... MORE climbs of greatness... MORE leaps of faith... and
MORE... "American Ninja Warrior!"
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