We've been through the qualifying
course... We've been through boot camp... We have the ten terrors set to
take on the Sasuke course in Mt. Midoriyama. Will any one of them seize
the moment, complete all four stages, win the $500,000 K-Swiss
endorsement deal, and become America's first Ninja Warrior?
Our American Ninja are...
- DAVID CAMPBELL
- DREW DRECHSEL
- TRAVIS FURLANIC
- PAUL KASEMIR
- JAMES McGRATH
- DAVID "YOUNGFLIP" RODRIGUEZ
- TRAVIS ROSEN
- JAKE SMITH
- BRENT STEFFENSEN
- RYAN STRATIS
We now take you to Mt. Midoriyama in
Japan, where the action is about to begin.
We'll be playing the Sasuke 27 course,
which does include the other 90 finalists, but for purposes of this
broadcast, they do not exist.
The obstacles in stage one...
- STEP SLIDER: Like the Quad Step, but
with a sliding rope and a landing platform
- ROLLING ESCARGOT: Cling to the side of a cylinder and roll all the way
- GIANT SWING
- JUMPING SPIDER
- HALF-PIPE ATTACK
- WARPED WALL: This time, it's a 16-footer.
- SPINNING BRIDGE: Brand new for Sasuke 27, four balls are tethered to
- FINAL CLIMB: A rope swing, then a cargo net.
The competitors will have 2:05 to
complete the course. Touch the water... you're out. Time out... You're
out. Hit the buzzer... You move on.
JAMES McGRATH (24, Seattle) - COMPLETE (:22.24)
DREW DRECHSEL (22, Gainesville, FL) - He
injures himself on the dismount of the Half-Pipe Attack. His right knee
looks to be disjoined. Sasuke Medical is looking at it... and he's on a
stretcher. His run is done.
TRAVIS ROSEN (36; Franklin, TN) -
RYAN STRATIS (28; Kennesaw, GA) -
BRENT STEFFENSEN (30; Sandy, UT) -
As we go into Fast Forward, Jake Smith
(:07.35), David "Flip" Rodriguez (17:73), and Travis Furlanic (:43.90)
An update on Drew Drechsel's knee. He
fractured his kneecap and they are currently checking ligaments.
PAUL KASEMIR (25; Longmont, CO) - He is
competing on this course despite the numbing personal loss of his
girlfriend and her father two weeks beforehand. COMPLETE (:26.55)
DAVID CAMPBELL (33; Scotts Valley, CA) -
This is David's third time in Japan. COMPLETE (:44.32)
In the end, nine of the 10 Team America
members finish stage 1 and prepare to take on...
Comprising the stage... The same
obstacles from last year, an advantage to the guys who have been here
- SLIDER DROP
- DOUBLE SALMON LADDER
- UNSTABLE BRIDGE
- BALANCE TANK
- METAL SPIN
- WALL LIFT. The walls are a heavy 66, 88, and 110 pounds each.
They will have 90 seconds to complete the
course. Those who do move on to Stage Three.
JAKE SMITH (23; cable technician) - FAILS
Double Salmon Ladder
JAMES McGRATH - COMPLETE (:17.58)
DAVID "YOUNG FLIP" RODRIGUEZ (22; Miami)
- FAILS Slider Drop
TRAVIS ROSEN - FAILS Metal Spin
RYAN STRATIS - COMPLETE (:18.41)
TRAVIS FURLANIC (26; Santa Cruz,
CA) - FAILS Metal Spin
BRENT STEFFENSEN - FAILS Metal Spin
PAUL KASEMIR - COMPLETE (:04.98)
DAVID CAMPBELL - COMPLETE (:14.41)
And then... there were four.
Little has changed about this course as
- ARM BIKE
- FLYING BAR. Like the Salmon Ladder meeting the Jumping Bars
- ULTIMATE CLIFFHANGER. So daunting that is has never been completed
- JUMPING RING
- CHAIN SAW
- ROPE CLIMB
- BAR GLIDER. A return for this course, but with a lift added for extra
You have as much time as needed, BUT as
this course tests total upper body strength, expect to be spent. Touch
the finish mat, and you're on to the Final Stage.
JAMES McGRATH - FAILS Ultimate
RYAN STRATIS - FAILS Ultimate Cliffhanger
PAUL KASEMIR - FAILS Ultimate Cliffhanger
One last chance for victor and it rests
DAVID CAMPBELL - FAILS Ultimate
Cliffhanger... and so close to finishing.
With that heartbreaking finish, we've
come to the end of another American Ninja Warrior tournament. With more
tournaments in the future, getting closer than anyone has ever finished
on the Ultimate Cliffhanger, the challengers will only get stronger. The
course, even more so.
Until next season, stay with us for...
MORE crazy competitors... MORE outrageous obstacles... and MORE AMERICAN
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