Qualifying Round 1
Mt. Midoriyama. The last great summit on Earth.
It was attempted 2600 times... with only three successes. No American has yet to
plant the stars and stripes on the Final Tower of the Sasuke course. But with a
$500,000 K-Swiss endorsement deal and ad campaign on the line, is this the year
that an American will be crowned king of the Mountain and represent the red,
white, and blue as... an American Ninja Warrior?
Three hundred will start. All we need is ONE to
Last season, 10 people were chosen to go to Japan
to compete on the Sasuke course. The goal: total victory. A new tournament begins today
with the Venice Beach auditions. Just as in seasons past, the American qualifier consists of three heats...
- The Beach: an eliminator course is set up. The
fastest 15 times move to...
- The Mountains: a boot camp assault course. The ten fastest move on to...
- Sasuke: The main event.
And just as last year, if you eat it JUST ONCE
(with the exception of the Warped Wall, in which you get three tries), you're
done. But first... The Qualifiers. Season 3's Beach Course will start out with
- Quad Steps
- LOG GRIP - New this season, it has been a mainstay of the Sasuke course since
Makoto Nagano beat the game.
- Bridge of Blades
- JUMP HANG - A longtime favorite of NW fans, it makes it premiere this season
in America as well
- Jumping Bars - Season 3's version has been made harder; the bars have been
spaced an extra six inches
- Warped Wall
The 30 best times will advance to the next stage
in the competition, the final Beach Course.
If you recall, FOUR Americans - Paul
Kasemir, Brian "NoSole" Orosco, Brent Steffensen, and David Campbell -
made it to Sasuke Stage 3. Speaking of threes, it's time for Season 3 to
KOLE STEVENS (36; Carlsbad, CA; firearms
instructor) - FAIL (Quad Steps)
MIKE MOH (27; St. Paul, MN; martial arts instructor) - FAIL (Quad Steps)
THOMAS HYLAND (36, Los Angeles, gym owner and "Deadliest Warrior"
stuntman) - FAIL (Log Grip)
RUDY McCLEARY (26, San Diego, MMA fighter) - FAIL (Bridge of Blades)
"Captain" AMERICUS ABESAMIS (40, Jersey City, NJ, sumo) - Yes, the same
guy from "On the Cover" and "Extreme Dodgeball". FAIL (Quad Steps)
STEPHANIE WILSON (28; Brooklyn, NY; teen counselor) - FAIL (Quad Steps)
MIHAI "The Romanian Monkey" HETEA (27; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, auto service
advisor) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
And during the commercials, a rite of
passage for any G4 employee...
CANDACE BAILEY (29; Birmingham, AL;
co-host of "Attack of the Show" and former gymnast) - FAIL (Log Grip)
Back to the competition, which so far has
claimed all who have attempted it.
CHRISTIAN "The Blue Runner" RAMIREZ (21;
Los Angeles; cable technician) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
TIM HANDLEY (49; Wichita, KS; mail carrier) - FAIL (Bridge of Blades)
DAVID MONEY (38; Hailey, ID; jerky maker) - He had the second fastest
time in Qualifying last year... FAIL (Jumping Bars)
ZAC "Horse" GORDON (24; Harrisburg, PA; daredevil) - He gets "kicked in
the balls for a living". FAIL (Jumping Bars... technically afterwards
when his foot grazed the water).
PHILLIP KINGSLEY (26; Sacramento; student) - FIRST FINISH! (1:35)
And Phillip is on the board after having
wiped out last season on the Spider Jump.
NATALIE STRASSER (26; Washington, DC;
gymnastics instructor) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
ALDWAYNE SIMPSON (28; Richmond, CA; professional boxer) - 1:36
Next, one of last year's finalists...
EVAN "The Rocket" DOLLARD (29; Fox River
Grove, IL; writer and website host) - 1:01. They don't call him the
Rocket for nothing!
ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ (32; Anaheim; PhD student in physics) - He emigrated
from Cuba. 1:26
MICHAEL DASALLA (26; Mountain View, CA; student) - FAIL (Jump Hang)
RYOGA VEE (31; Sunnyvale, CA; computer programmer) - FAIL (Jumping Bars)
ANDREW KARSEN (31; Waterford, MI; building manger) - Last year, he was
out on the round of 30... This year... FAIL (Warped Wall)
An additional two players, Luis Moco
(1:06) and Victor Rivera (1:07) have added their name to the board...
AMOS RENDAO (28; Boulder, CO; parkour
instructor) - 1:00 DEAD, beating Evan Dollard.
Another NW vet is in the blocks...
SHANE DANIELS (25; Tustin, CA; stuntman)
- This year, he has the toe shoes... AND HE WIPES OUT ON THE QUAD STEPS!
Finally... Another NW vet...
BRENT STEFFENSEN (30; Sandy, UT;
stuntman) - Last year, he made it as far as the Stage 3 Ultimate Cliff
Hanger. This year... 55:60 and FIRST PLACE POINTS!
The board so far has eight names on it...
1) BRENT STEFFENSEN - :55
2) AMOS RENDAO - 1:00
3) EVAN DOLLARD - 1:01
4) LUIS MOCO - 1:06
5) VICTOR RIVERA - 1:07
6) ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ - 1:26
7) PHILLIP KINGSLEY - 1:35
8) ALDWAYNE SIMPSON - 1:36
But the season is just getting started.
More qualifying round action is coming up, but first, we must pause 10
seconds for station identification. This is "American Ninja Warrior" on
that network with the video games on it.
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