Stage 2 Heat 1
Last time on Ninja Warrior, hundreds of
determined athletes tested themselves against the relocated, reimagined
obstacles of Midoriyama. Of those, over 50 made it through, but only the
fastest 30 times were given a pass to the next stage. Only 15 will make
it through to the Final Stage, and of those 15, only 10 will earn a trip
to Japan to take on the Sasuke course at Mt. Midoriyama. The slate has
been wiped clear, and survival is ever more important... and difficult.
That's because we've added THREE new
obstacles to the end of the course.
- TARZAN SWING: You must swing
yourself from rope to rope across 20 feet of nothing.
- JUMPING BARS: Each monkey bar is spaced five feet apart.
- CARGO CLIMB: The only thing separating you and the finish
buzzer is 50 foot of nothing but net.
First up, Brian Kretsch, #30. He finished
the course in 60 seconds flat, but will he have the endurance to finish
it again? We... won't know, because he drops out at the Pipe Slider.
Next is Matt Asanuma, #29. He is tearing up the first half of the
course. He nails the Warped Wall on his first try, and he gets to see
the new obstacles... Everyone will be watching him to see what to do.
Next comes the Jumping Bars. He nails the first... bites the second.
Ouch. Next is #28, Tra Truong. He too gets to see the new Tarzan Swing.
He's losing momentum, but he keeps his strength. Next is the Jumping
Bars... He's past Matt's point. He's going to reach the Cargo Climb...
He'll be the first to finish with a time of 2:09.6. His advice.. BEAT
IT! He'll be joined by Gabriel Cortes (1:59.4), Jacob Smith (1:58.1),
and Sam Reynolds (1:55.5).
#27 Joop Katana is not wasting any time
in his approach. He hits the Warped Wall on the first try. He REALLY
wants that spot in the final stage. Joop is an acrobat, and it shows
with the Jumping Bars. He'll finish the Cargo Climb at 1:49.0.
#16 Gabe Nunez is next. He put up a great
time at 45 seconds in Stage 1. Gabe has better luck with the Pipe Slider
this time out. Gabe has the same problem as everyone else... losing
momentum on the Tarzan Swing. Time will be a major player. He finishes
at 1:50.9. Elias Worsencroft finishes at 2:34.5. Geoff Iida finishes in
1:48.1. Putting them all to shame at 1:41.3 is Rick Huelga.
#19 Andrew Karsen is next. He was a
cheerleader for the Pistons. He's got spirit, but does he have speed? He
could beat the record if he can beat the Cargo Climb. He's got 20
seconds to beat the top time... Andrew's keeping it moving.. and he
beats it by THAT much. 1:41.2.
Next up, the man they call "Blackie
Chan", #21 Ruselis Perry. He's been studying martial arts for 20 years,
and it shows, as he blows through the first part of the course. He goes
to the Tarzan Swing with :41 seconds on the clock. He's sliding
dangerously low on the Tarzan Swing... and he's in! Onto the Jumping
Bars. ... but he couldn't commit to a release! That's gonna cost him.
Andrew Taber would meet the same fate on the same obstacle.
#23 Shane Daniels is next. He keeps pace
with his Stage 1 finish, and actually beats his time at the Warped Wall.
Next up, the Tarzan Swing. He skips many ropes... and it works for him.
No problem on the Jumping Bars either. Cargo Climb at long last... and
he's got the top time with 1:39.2.
And that will do it for this heat. Eleven
got to the end... four got wet. Let's look at the board...
LEADERBOARD after Heat 1
Shane Daniels - 1:39.2
Andrew Karsen - 1:41.2
Rick Huelga - 1:41.3
Geoff Iida - 1:48.1
Joop Katana - 1:49.0
Gabe Nunez - 1:50.9
Sam Reynolds - 1:55.5
Jacob Smith - 1:58.1
Gabriel Cortes - 1:59.4
Tra Truong - 2:09.6
Elias Worsencroft - 2:34.5
But the top 15 have yet to take the
course. They will next time, so stay tuned for... MORE heart-racing
finishes... MORE heart-breaking tumbles... and MORE "American Ninja
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