On the road to Las Vegas, so far 10 have
gotten their feet in the front door, but with a whole crop of ninja
wannabes lined up to take the course, including the triumphant return of
a Ninja Warrior All-Star, expect these standings to change as we head
into the final.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
As a reminder, the obstacles for the qualifier course
- QUAD STEPS: Four steps, seven feet
between each one.
- LOG GRIP: Hold on past two jolting drops.
- SPINNING LOG: A rolling balance beam.
- JUMP HANG: A cargo net and tramp that could be the difference between
getting the win and getting wet.
- DEVIL STEPS: An inverted staircase with eighteen steps that you'll be
climbing with your hands.
- WARPED WALL: Fourteen feet, three tries.
And the leaderboard...
1) BRENT STEFFENSEN - :50
2) DAN MAST - :53
3) REMI BAKKAR - :54.10
4) JESSE LA FLAIR - :54.15
5) MICHAEL "FROSTI" ZERNOW - 1:01
6) DUSTIN ROCHO - 1:14
7) VINCENT GORBY - 1:17
8) KOLE STEVENS - 1:22
9) EVAN DOLLARD - 1:28
10) VICTOR RIVERA - 1:51
Now we continue with...
- Josh Hill (21, San Clemente, CA;
professional free runner) - FAIL Jump Hang
- Greta Pontarelli (61, Temecula, CA, pole dancer) - She is the oldest
competitor this season. She's someone's GRANDMOTHER. FAIL Log Grip
- Shane Daniels (26, Van Nuys, CA, freerunning coach) - A returning
Midoriyama vet... COMPLETE (:54.58)
- Phillip Kingsley (26, Hanford, CA; parachute packer) - FAIL Devil
Four more contestants failed at the
Warped Wall, leaving just the 11. Now if we do not get 30 finishers,
then the 30 who passed through the longest distance in the shortest time
will be the finalists.
- David Money (40, Burbank, CA,
construction worker) - FAIL Warped Wall
- Kelvin Antoine (53, Santa Clarita, CA, forklift operator) - Known as
"Grandpa Ninja". COMPLETE (2:29)
- Jim Klimek (27; Los Angeles, circus performer) - FAIL Devil Steps
Four more finished the course: Derek
Nakamoto (1:06), Rick Pitcher (1:04), Daron Payne (1:11), and Joseph
"Jo" Paloma (1:20). That brings our total to 16. Ron Shalvis, Sr.
couldn't finish, but...
- Ronnie Shalvis Jr. (21, Bountiful, UT,
construction worker) - hoping to pick up where his father left off.
- Paul Darnell (29, North Hollywood, CA; stuntman) - another veteran
coming from doubling for Robert Pattinson in the "Twilight" films.
- Alex Duong (22; Reseda, CA by way of Vietnam; accountant) - FAIL
Warped Wall with an injury)
In Fast Forward round now, we have five
more finishers, Kody Klein, Will Roberts, Seddrick Roberts, Ryan
Cousins, and Dylan Curry. That leaves seven remaining spots.
- Chad Simpson (25, Venice, CA, film
production) - COMPLETE (1:23.73)
- Ryan Thompson (27, Flagstaff, AZ, IT training specialist) - Running
for his sister, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer - COMPLETE
Five spots remain.
- Dorian Cedars (36, Studio City, CA,
cheer coach/realtor) - The Cheer Ninja... COMPLETES (1:05.95).
And now, the moment you've been waiting
for... The man they call "American Ninja", "The Legend" is back on the
- Levi Meeuwenberg (24, Santa Monica, CA,
stuntman/pro freerunner) - and the jet lag... costs him. FAIL Quad Steps
And that leaves four spots open for
1) BRENT STEFFENSEN
2) DAN MAST
3) REMI BAKKAR
4) JESSE LA FLAIR
5) SHANE DANIELS
6) PAUL DARNELL
7) MICHAEL "FROSTI" ZERNOW
8) DEREK NAKAMOTO
9) DORIAN CEDARS
10) RICK PITCHER
11) DARON PAYNE
12) RONNIE SHALVIS JR.
13) RYAN THOMPSON
14) DUSTIN ROCHO
15) VINCENT GORBY
16) RYAN COUSINS
17) JOSEPH "JO" PALOMA
18) KOLE STEVENS
19) CHAD SIMPSON
20) EVAN DOLLARD
21) WILL ROBERTS
22) DYLAN CURRY
23) SEDDRICK BASSETT
24) VICTOR RIVERA
25) KODY KLEIN
26) KELVIN ANTOINE
27) Caine Sinclair (Warped Wall)
28) Matthew Conway (Warped Wall)
29) Travis Brewer (Warped Wall)
30) David Money (Warped Wall)
Now to cut the field in half as we move
one step closer to the Sasuke Course... in America.
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