Part 5: Boot Camp
Last week, the semifinals at the beach
whittled down thousands to the top 15. Now they're going from the beach
to the mountains in an attempt to train for Mt. Midoriyama AND compete
for one of only 10 spots on the delegation that will travel to Japan for
the $500,000 K-Swiss deal that comes with total victory. G-d said that
He would spare Sodom if He could find 10 righteous men.... For the gods
of Mt. Midoriyama... that's not enough anymore. We're looking for ONE
MAN.... A CHAMPION.
As was the case last season, each day in
Boot Camp is divided into three stages, each designed to train you
physically and mentally for the Sasuke course.
- PRESSURE CHALLENGE: One member will
represent each team in a physical challenge inspired by a Sasuke
obstacle. Fail, and you will earn a punishment for the entire team.
That's more demanding physical work... and less time to train on the
Boot Camp obstacle course.
- TEAM RELAY: Two challenges from the
Sasuke course will be offered. Individuals will be timed and penalties
will be assessed for failure. Slowest total team time heads to...
- HEAVENLY ROPES: Inspired by the final
Big Tower climb in Sasuke stage 4, two members of the losing team in the
Team Relay stage will compete against each other. The first to ring his
bell will be safe. The second will turn in his warrior tag and see his
dreams of total victory go up in flames.
First, though...NEWS. The 14th seed
Michael "Frosti" Zernow was injured in training, so his spot goes to the
last semifinalist to be ousted on the Beach Course, Jake Smith. Take
advantage of this second chance, my friend.
Now... the team assignments. The top
seeded players are your captains.
1) Ryan Stratis - Captain
5) David Campbell
7) Travis Rosen
13) James McGrath
15) Alan Connealy
Wilczewski - Captain
4) Drew Dreschel
6) Brent Steffensen
10) Brian Orosco
12) David "Flip" Rodriguez
3) Paul Kasemir - Captain
8) Travis Furlanic
9) Dustin Rocho
11) Brandon Douglass
16) Jake Smith
The teams are set... Let's see what you
PRESSURE CHALLENGE #1: Net Climb
This challenge requires stamina and
agility. Playing are Brian for the Tigers, Paul for the Monkeys, and
Travis Rosen for the Dragons.
There are 25 flags attached to the cargo
net. You have 60 seconds to grab as many flags as you can. If a flag
touches the ground, it doesn't count. If YOU touch the ground, your turn
ends. Least flags faces punishment. If there is a tie, the slowest time
will face punishment.
First is Paul Kasemir... He grabs... 14.
Next up, Brian Orosco, the five-time
Japan veteran. He grabs... 16. The White Tigers are heading to the
Travis Rosen needs to beat 14... but he
falls with nine seconds left. He's going to have to hope he grabbed
enough. And .... 16 is enough. Blue Monkeys are enduring punishment...
Today, it requires taking apart a log fence and transporting it to the
TEAM RELAY #1: Ultimate Cliffhanger/Warped
The two obstacles to be tested on today
- ULTIMATE CLIFFHANGER: the third
generation of the Cliffhanger obstacle from stage three. No one has EVER
made it past this obstacle. Fall before reaching the red ledge, and you
will incur a two-minute penalty.
- WARPED WALL: Instead of the 14-foot Beach Course wall, this wall is a
regulation-sized 17 feet AND are the exact specifications of the wall
found on the Sasuke course. Fail before reaching the top, and you will
incur a one-minute penalty.
Each team relay will also test endurance.
In this relay, you will also be required to carry one of the logs
brought by the Blue Monkeys. The first player will carry one log, while
the subsequent runners will carry heavier loads... "until the final
runner is pretty much screwed." Strategy is important.
The team with the slowest total team time
will send two of their own to the Heavenly Ropes, where one will be
TOTAL: 15:54 - SAFE
TOTAL: 15:02 - SAFE
For the Blues, the game is over before it
begins, as one Monkey will say goodbye to the others on the FIRST DAY of
Boot Camp. And for the team, it's no contest... the two weakest times
are going to the ...
HEAVENLY ROPES #1: #9 Dustin Rocho vs. #11
Very simple. In the final stage, you race
against the clock. Today, you race against each other. Make it to the
top, you live to fight another day. Lose... you're going home.
Brandon and Dustin volunteer themselves
(they want to earn their spot).
The first up to the top... BRANDON. For
Dustin Rocho, the road to Sasuke ends here. But props to him for
Ten spots... 14 Ninjas... The road to
total victory continues.
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