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

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Sasuke Finals
August 22

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.

STAGE ONE

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 down
- 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 an overhang.
- 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.

First...

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) - COMPLETE (:21.70)

RYAN STRATIS (28; Kennesaw, GA) - COMPLETE (:13.97)

BRENT STEFFENSEN (30; Sandy, UT) - COMPLETE (:32.92)

As we go into Fast Forward, Jake Smith (:07.35), David "Flip" Rodriguez (17:73), and Travis Furlanic (:43.90) all finish.

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...

STAGE TWO

Comprising the stage... The same obstacles from last year, an advantage to the guys who have been here last year.

- 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.

STAGE THREE

Little has changed about this course as well...

- 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 difficulty.

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 Cliffhanger

RYAN STRATIS - FAILS Ultimate Cliffhanger

PAUL KASEMIR - FAILS Ultimate Cliffhanger

One last chance for victor and it rests on...

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 NINJA WARRIOR!

For more information on the contestants, including never-before-seen footage, go to g4tv.com/anw.