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Hundreds of determined athletes have come to Los Angeles for their chance at total victory atop Mt. Midoriyama.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Hosts Blair Herter & Alison Haislip
Creator Monster9 (based upon "SASUKE/Ninja Warrior")
EP Craig Piligian
Andrea Richter
Packager Pilgrim Films & TV & Monster9 for G4 Media
Origins Los Angeles
Airs 6p Sat, G4
Available In High-Definition Where AvailableStreaming Online

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Training Stage

Last time on Ninja Warrior, we reached the end of the Second Stage. Thirty competitors earned the right to compete on the expanded course, but in the end, only the top 15 cleared in a fast enough time to prepare themselves for the next challenges to come.

But that comes later.

Right now, it's time to see who amongst the top 15 has strength, speed, stamina, and the heart of a champion.

The setting has moved to the beach, where another course has been set up. The challenges here... testing speed, strength, endurance, and agility. There will be two heats, and the 10 fastest combined times will head to Japan to challenge Mount Midoriyama. Judging the competitors' every move are Olympians and former Sasuke contestants Paul Terek and Henry Cejudo.


There are 10 cinder blocks. In groups of three, challengers will carry all 10 from one side of the beach to another, 50 feet away. You'll also be tethered to a bungee for an additional crutch. AND you will only be able to carry two at a time. AND you have to create the perfect four level pyramid.

First up: Joop Katana vs. Geoff Iida vs. Brian Orosco.

Geoff starts out in the lead, but Brian takes it back when Geoff has to use his whole body to get the later blocks. He gets tired as Brian keeps pushing.

Brian: 1:28
Geoff: 1:50
Joop: 2:04

Next up, Sean Morris vs. Travis Furlanic vs. Paul Darnell.

All three men are neck and neck to start. They have to keep up the energy, but at the same time, they have to conserve. Travis shows no signs of stopping. Sean on the other hand is wincing. Paul slows to a walk, but Travis finishes first.

Travis: 1:31
Paul: 1:37
Sean: 1:54

We go to Fast Forward mode as Rich timed in at 1:42. Shane had 1:46. Ryan had to pull himself in with 2:07. Caine finished with 1:48, Rick finished with 2:01. And coming in with the slowest time so far is Andrew Karsen with 2:08.

Final heat has David Campbell, Levi Meeuwenberg, and William Spencer.

These are the elite athletes. Both David and Levi have competed in Japan before, while William is a newbie. Both Levi and William are neck and neck. No one seems winded after four, but William drops and picks up in a second. No problems so far. Levi pulls ahead, though, digging deep. David's legs... give up on him.

Levi: 1:28
William: 1:35
David: 1:59

BUT we have a wrinkle, as William Spencer collapsed in the summer heat due to heat exhaustion. He was treated and released, but because he did not complete the second training challenge, he was disqualified.

LEADERBOARD After Challenge #1
Brian Orosco - 1:28.4
Levi Meeuwenberg - 1:28.5
Travis Furlanic - 1:31.3
Paul Darnell - 1:37.2
Rich King - 1:42.2
Shane Daniels - 1:46.4
Caine Sinclair - 1:48.5
Geoff Iida - 1:50.9
Sean Morris - 1:54.6
David Campbell - 1:59.5
Rick Huelga - 2:01.0
Joop Katana - 2:04.6
Ryan Cousins - 2:07.5
Andrew Karsen - 2:08.6
William Spencer - DQ

Rick, Joop, Ryan, and Andrew are on the bubble.


This course consists of an army crawl, a barrel run over balance logs, and tire run. Three at a time.

First heat has Shane Daniels, Ryan Cousins, and Rich King.

Rich: :25
Ryan: :27
Shane: :31

Second heat: Sean Morris vs. Travis Furlanic vs. Paul Darnell.

Paul: :26
Travis: 27
Sean: :46

Third heat Andrew had a time of 25, followed by Caine at 26 and Rick at 28. Fourth heat had Joop go through the course in :24.2, Brian in :24.6, and Geoff at :27.8.

Final heat has only two due to William's discharge, David Campbell vs. Levi Meeuwenberg.

Levi: :26
David: :40

This could be the game changer right here...  The final 10... and going to Japan... are...

1) BRIAN OROSCO - 1:53
4) PAUL DARNELL - 2:03.5
5) RICH KING - 2:07.5
6) CAINE SINCLAIR - 2:14.6
7) SHANE DANIELS - 2:17.9
8) GEOFF IIDA - 2:18.7
9) JOOP KATANA - 2:28.9
10) RICK HUELGA - 2:29

As for the other four... the journey has ended. But for the top 10, the journey continues as we travel halfway around the world. As the Sasuke course awaits the challengers, stay with us for... MORE outrageous obstacles... MORE determined runs... and MORE "American Ninja Warrior!"


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