We're down to our last region. We've seen
our fair share of Ninja Warriors and Ninja Wannabes. But with 75 already
on the plane to Vegas, who has the strength, the speed, and the focus to
join them from the Southeast?
Florida International University, Miami
Today's Qualifier Course consists of...
- QUAD STEPS: Four steps, seven feet
between each one.
- LOG GRIP: Hold on past two jolting drops.
- BUNGEE BRIDGE: Four platforms, each one shorter than the next and each
one made of rubber.
- JUMP HANG: A cargo net and tramp that could be the difference between
getting the win and getting wet.
- SWING CIRCLE: Brand new this year, competitors must leap from these
four free-moving rings.
- WALL LIFT: Three walls, each one heavier than the last one.
- WARPED WALL: Fourteen feet, three tries.
If 30 do not complete the course, then it
goes to the fastest and the furthest. Action under the lights begins
- Brian Lara (22, Miami, student) - FAIL
- Cristille Boyd (35, Woodbridge, VA, gymnastics coach) - FAIL Quad
- AJ Amores (33, Wesley Chapel, FL, retail store manager) - FAIL Jump
- Rafael Viego (32, Miami, attorney) - FAIL Quad Steps
- Christian "CJ" Koegel (27, Boca Raton, FL, business owner/actor) -
Last we saw him, he was on "Real World Road Rules", Jonny... FAIL Jump
- Aric Lee (36, Alexandria, VA, firefighter) - FAIL Jump Hang
- Michael Koslap (30, Alexandria, VA, freelance videographer) - FAIL
Former American Ninja Challenge winner
Brett Sims failed at the Swing Circle as did Christopher Clark, Heath
Estep, and Spencer Mulligan.
- Mark Stowell (24, Melbourne, FL,
student) - FAIL Swing Circle
- Kamerion Wimbley (28, Tampa, DE for the Tennessee Titans) - COMPLETE
(1:30). Kam Wimbley SACKS the course!
Five more athletes come close, but the
Warped Wall knock them all out.
- Dante Mucherino (24, Gainesville, FL,
body piercer) - COMPLETE (1:46)
- Drew Drechsel (23, Gainesville, FL, used car lot manager) - This is
his first big contest since his massive knee injury last season.
COMPLETE (1:02). Drew Drechsel is BACK!
During the break, four more athletes -
Logan Cruz, Michael Eckert, Gabriel Cortes, and Kyle Stokes - join him
above the Warped Wall.
- Ben Wicks (24, Winter Park, FL,
acrobatic performer) - COMPLETE (1:18)
Finally, it's an American Ninja Warrior
All-Star... Stand and salute...
- Capt. Ryan Stratis (29, Kennesaw, GA,
Army National Guard safety specialist) - FAIL Bungee Bridge. He touched
the ground. That's an out.
1) DREW DRECHSEL (1:02)
2) BEN WICKS (1:18)
3) KAMERION WIMBLEY (1:30)
4) GABRIEL CORTES (1:34)
5) DANTE MUCHERINO (1:46)
6) MICHAEL ECKERT (1:467
7) LOGAN CRUZ (1:51)
8) KYLE STOKES (2:14)
But we've only just begun. Another fresh
crop of athletes are lining up at the starting blocks for THEIR shot
HERE TO CONTINUE
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, go to
g4tv.com/anw or nbc.com/anw