Last season, heroes were
born, legends were made, but still no one could complete
the entire course and claim the $500,000 prize that
awaited atop Mount Midoriyama in Las Vegas. But that
only serves as fuel for the best athletes in the world
to come to America to try again. Will anyone seize this
day - this moment - and change the course of their lives
by conquering another course? It's all about to go down
once again as we begin the search for... THE AMERICAN
But with this course
comes a twist. Since no one won the money last year, the
prize will roll over to this year. That's right. Whoever
completes the course in Las Vegas in the fastest time
will win... ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS. And there's a new
side-lady, Kristine Leahy from the CBS O&O in LA.
Tonight, we start the search for the
American Ninja Warrior anew in...
Venice Beach Boardwalk
Of the six obstacles,
three are making their ANW Debut
- Quintuple Steps
- Mini Silk Slider - grip the silk slider and slide 14
- Tilting Table
- Spin Cycle - three angled spinning metal hoops.
- Hourglass Drop - Two hanging planks with changing
widths, separated only by a trampoline.
- Warped Wall - 14 feet, three chances
And once again, it's
win-and-in. Finish the qualifier, and you are guaranteed
a spot in the City Final stage.
Our first player of ANW7
is a man who practices what he preaches...
- Kyle Cochran (26; Los
Altos, CA; insulin pump salesman & user) - FAIL Mini
- Brendon Ayanbadejo (33; Los Angeles; retired pro
football player) - FAIL Spin Cycle (foot)
- Jackson "Ninja Scout" Meyer (23; Seaside, OR; biology
student) - FAIL Hourglass Drop
Hunter Seide got caught
up in the Spin Cycle. Tiana Webberly got served by the
Tilting Table. Justin Yan fell on the Mini Silk Slider.
- Jeff Clement (31;
Phoenix; police officer), running in tribute to a fellow
officer and best friend. FAIL Spin Cycle
- April "The Goat Whisperer" Gould (37; Gilbert, AZ;
goat farmer) - FAIL Mini Silk Slider
LaTaunya Witherspoon got
forked by the Silk Slider. Travis Weinand tripped up on
the Hourglass Drop, while Rashad Richardson jumped on
the platform at the end of the Hourglass Drop, but it
was ruled as a course-out. You had to grab onto BOTH
- Kevin Cleary (49;
Novato, CA; CEO of CLIF Bar) - FAIL Mini Silk Slider
- Brian Kretsch (31; Alamo, CA; gym manager) - his
younger sister will run later. FAIL Hourglass Drop, and
he is in a lot of pain thanks to an awkward landing
after the Tilting Table. He may have broken it just
below the knee.
- Shannon Silver (21; San Ramon, CA; economics student &
Brian's little sister) - FAIL Spin Cycle
- Arnold Hernandez (24; East Los Angeles; busboy) - used
his mother's pain to build one of the best homemade
courses AND invited ANW locals to train on it. FAIL
Hourglass Drop (course-out)
Three more competitors -
Sam Goldstein, Laurence Penera, and Dustin Rocho - all
But can anyone get past
- David Campbell (37;
Scotts Valley, CA; sound engineer), if he can't complete
this course, NO ONE CAN. FAIL Hourglass Drop
- Alvaro Campos (34; San Francisco; Internet marketer):
He's the first to make it to the Warped Wall... And UP.
- Rob Moravsky (23; Burbank, CA; model): FAIL Mini Silk
- Grant McCartney (27; Honolulu, HI; flight attendant):
Aloha! COMPLETE! (2:35)
Midway through the
proceedings, and the only woman to finish the Finals
Course, Mighty Kacy Catanzaro joins the hosts in the
booth for the next run... the woman she took the record
- Jessie Graff (31;
Burbank, CA; stuntwoman): FAIL Hourglass Drop
We will see Kacy again
when she challenges the course in Houston. Meanwhile Ben
Melick fails the Hourglass Drop, Thaddeus Robeck skidded
out on the Tilting Table. Theo Agu faltered on the
Hourglass Drop. Nick Symmonds raced to a quick exit on
the Mini Silk Slider.
- Jon Ryan (33;
Newcastle, WA; Seattle Seahawks punter): FAIL Tilting
Tyler Lumpkin, Danyelle
Wolf, and Jason Tirado all met a watery end.
- Travis Brewer (32;
Venice, CA; clothing designer): COMPLETE! (2:07)
- Nichlas Coolridge (26; Venice, CA; construction
worker): COMPLETE! (1.29)
Alma Meirmanov became the
night's fifth finisher, followed by Ryan Robinson's
course-out and Selena Laniel's fail on the Silk Slider.
- Alan "The Beast"
Connealy (35; Concord, CA; chiropractor) is running for
his business partner Alison. COMPLETE! (1:28)
- Nick Hanson (27; Unalakleet, AK; coach), the first
Eskimo to run the course. FAIL Hourglass Drop
(course-out). That puts him in the 30th position.
Six runners remaining...
and five of them fell out early. That leaves the Running
of the Bull.
- Kevin Bull (30; Scotts
Valley, CA; stock trader): If he gets to the Hourglass
Drop in less than 1:21, he will knock Nick out.
COMPLETE! (:56) Fastest time of the night and winner of
the Pom Wonderful Run of the Night! He will return, and
so will these 29...
1) KEVIN BULL (0:56)
2) ALAN CONNEALY (1:28)
3) NICHOLAS COOLRIDGE (1:29)
4) ALVARO CAMPOS (1:46)
5) TRAVIS BREWER (2:07)
6) GRANT McCARTNEY (2:35)
7) ALMAS MEIRMANOV (2:36)
8) Sam Goldstein
9) David Campbell
10) Michael Skiba
11) Jason Tirado
12) Dustin Rocho
13) Johnnie Ho
14) Michael Burkett-Crist
15) Heath Burian
16) Theo Agu
17) Matthew Dodd
18) Shane Hernandez
19) Travis Weinand
20) Azeo Torre
21) Guy Catz
22) Ben Melick
23) Nir Halfon
24) Rashad Richardson
25) Jackson Meyer
26) Paul Mangasarian
27) Ryan Robinson
28) Jessie Graff
29) Everest Ling
30) Arnold Hernandez
All 30 will return for
the City Finals. But next week, the Ninja Tour goes to
the midwest. Who will emerge as royalty in Kansas City?
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety,
go to nbc.com/anw