Las Vegas Finals
What started weeks ago
will finally come to a head tonight as the best 85
athletes from all over the nation will test their mettle
against the most difficult obstacle course ever devised
for television. Will a veteran make the final cut? Will
a rookie mount Midoriyama? We are four stages and 23
obstacles away from answering the $500,000 question and
perhaps naming the first... AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR!
Aside from the top 15 from each of the
four cities, we also have 25 wild cards including top 3 alternates from
each city, the top female athletes, and the top athletes over 40. And
judging from the montage, Brent Steffensen, who failed the City Final,
WILL RUN THE SASUKE COURSE.
Stage 1 will test speed and agility.
Stage 2 will test strength and endurance. Stage 3 is the ultimate test
of upper body strength. Survive all of that, and only the Big Tower
awaits. There is no substitute for total victory. Only the one who
summits the Big Tower at the end will claim $500,000.
And it all starts with Stage 1. The
contestants will have 2 minutes 10 seconds to complete this course.
- TIMBERS: Eight slanted logs
- GIANT CYCLE: Vault from the tramp to the circle, then time your leap
to the landing platform
- ROPE GLIDER: Ride down a cable to a floating mat.
- JUMPING SPIDER: Tramp jump plus spider climb.
- HALFPIPE ATTACK: Up the wall, then ride the rope to...
- WARPED WALL
- SPINNING BRIDGE: Spinning balls, four of them.
- FINAL CLIMB up the cargo net.
Hit the button at the end before time
runs out, you're on to stage 2. Otherwise, it's game over.
Starting tonight with...
- Jeffrey Tan (26; Flushing, NY; rope
access technician): FAIL Jumping Spider
- Dan Mast (24; Oak Park, CA; stuntman): FAIL Giant Cycle
- Joyce Shahboz (41; Gainesville, FL; physical therapist): FAIL Jumping
Joining the ranks of the damned on the
Jumping Spider: Jonathan Brown, Will Roberts, and veteran Jake Smith.
- Joseph Rosello (30; Miami;
firefighter): FAIL Halfpipe Attack
- Idoko Abuh (23; Orlando; audio engineer): STAGE COMPLETE!
- Nika Muckelroy (26; Houston; metallurgical engineer): FAIL Giant Cycle
- Joe Moravsky (24; Sherman, CT; weatherman): STAGE COMPLETE!
It's beginning to look a lot like sunny
skies for Joe...
- James Sclar (29; Culver City, CA;
culinary student): FAIL Jumping Spider
- Jamie "Captain NBC" Rahn (25; Barrington, NJ; children's party
entertainer): STAGE COMPLETE! (:19.26 remaining)
Spectacular performance from the Captain.
Not so much for David Slovenski, Tony Reddick, or Mia Lazarewicz.
- Andrew Lowes (30; Fort Wayne, IN;
gymnastics coach): This one will have to go to a replay...
... FAIL Final Climb BY 0.3 SECONDS! And
obviously distraught. Last up...
- Paul Kasemir (26; Longmont, CO;
software engineer): STAGE COMPLETE! (:22.34 remaining)
And two-thirds of the way through Stage 1
(including runs cut off by G4 overrun)...
1) ELET HALL (:39)
2) LORIN BALL (:38.6)
3) JAMES McGRATH (:38.4)
4) JOE MORAVSKY (:36)
5) JOSH COOK (:26)
6) CHRIS ROMRELL (:24)
7) PAUL KASEMIR (:22)
8) JAMIE RAHN (:19)
9) KYLE SINACORI (:07)
10) TRAVIS WEINAND (:02)
11) IDOKO ABUH (:01)
We finish Stage 1 on G4 and NBC, as the
remaining 25 leave it all on the line in a shot at Stage 2.
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety, go to
g4tv.com/anw or nbc.com/anw