A new group of athletes have come from all over the country to
take on the world's most brutal obstacle course. Who has what
it takes to become the first American Ninja Warrior?
Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN
Matt Iseman & Akbar
Ushio Higuchi (based upon "SASUKE/Ninja
A. Smith & Co. Productions &
8p ET Mon, NBC
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Records have been made AND
broken already on this season of ANW. Now as one of said
record-holders prepares to take to the course again, one
question remains... Can Mighty Kacy Catanzaro, whose run
was the stuff that legends are made of, do what she did
last year and complete the Qualifier Course in Houston?
As with each Qualifier Course, there are six obstacles,
three of which are making their American Ninja Warrior
- Quintuple Steps
- Tilting Slider: work your pipe slider up an angled
track - and then down
- Spinning Log
- Cargo Crossing: a completely horizontal cargo net that
can only be accessed by jumping on a tramp at the
beginning of it.
- Swinging Spikes: a series of suspended spikes that
swing forward to back... or side to side... or up and
- Warped Wall: 14 feet, three tries.
This is a win-and-in affair. Anyone who hits the buzzer
atop the Warped Wall will move on to the City Final
Course, and move one step closer to Mount Midoriyama and
a shot at $1 million.
Our first runners...
- Ian Waggoner (42; Austin, TX; software sales
engineer): FAIL Cargo Crossing
- CJ Maico (30; Tulsa; zookeeper): one of three
zookeepers who will run the course. FAIL Tilting Slider
- Jeremiah Morgan (25; Pass Christian, MS; minister):
FAIL Swinging Spikes
While we were away, Jake Goldstein took a dive at the
Quint Steps, while the other zookeepers took a dive at
the Tilting Slider
- Karsten Williams (34; Plano, TX; youth fitness
specialist): FAIL Swinging Spikes
- Rose Wetzel (33; Seattle; obstacle course runner): the
#1 female obstacle course runner in the world, having
taken on the Spartan Race. FAIL Cargo Crossing
- Daniela Bright (31; Houston; teacher): a survivor of
stage 3 breast cancer. FAIL Quint Steps
- Dustin Rodgers (41; Clinton, MS; biologist): FAIL
The other Morgans, dad Mark (Spinning Log) & son Joshua
(Quint Steps) tried... and failed.
- Jon Horton (29; Houston; Olympic gymnast): he won two
medals in the Olympics and is currently in training for
the 2016 Games in Rio. COMPLETE! (3:30.32) He becomes
the shortest man to scale the Warped Wall (at 5'1").
Joey Zavala (a 2-time vet) dropped out of the Tilting
Slider. Dustin Wray took a shot in his own Spinning Log.
Max Grocki was audited by the support group on the Cargo
- Jonathan "The Flying Squirrel" Parr (30; Katy, TX;
physical therapist): COMPLETE! (4:25.6)
- Anthony "The Human Panther" Scott (31; Albuquerque,
NM; corrections officer): FAIL Swinging Spikes. Worst.
Case of deja vu. EVER.
- Brent Steffensen (33; San Antonio; gym owner): once
the king of the American Ninja Warriors, he's back to
reclaim his crown. COMPLETE! (1:49.96) He's baaaaack!
The Tilting Slider took out Matthew Sopic, Yvette
Ontiveros, and Jeff Kearney. So far, this Ninja Killer
has taken out 31 competitors, on pace to break the
record held by the Mini Silk Slider in Venice.
- Cassandra Dortch (27; Houston; stay-at-home mom & wife
of ANW All-Star Tremayne): She was a contestant on "So
You Think You Can Dance". FAIL: Tilting Slider. Make
- Ryan McCoy (24; The Woodlands, TX; oil & gas manager):
a self-proclaimed "nerdy dad". COMPLETE! (3:07.16)
Eric McKeethen (Spinning Log), Evan Dollard (Swinging
Spike), and Geoff Lancaster (COMPLETE) took to the
course. Next... his sister.
- Jill Lancaster (30; Houston; tax accountant): FAIL
Tilting Slider... number 51
- Artis "AT3" Thompson III (27; Katy, TX; semipro
football player): the first to run the course with a
prosthetic leg. FAIL Spinning Log
Some of the key runs of the night are next. But first,
Dillon Gates (COMPLETE!) and the father-and-son team of
Vance & David Yarter (Swinging Spike) are all in the top
30. For now.
- Sam Sann (48; Houston; gym owner): COMPLETE! (3:10.43)
- Ashley Hajek (27; Houston; project manager): a
survivor of a mugging at the hands of an absolute
coward. FAIL: Cargo Crossing
Dylan St. John (Spinning Log) and Tremayne Dortch
(COMPLETE) competed. Abel Gonzalez joined Tremayne.
- Daniel Gil (21; Houston; personal trainer): looks like
Kenny G, sings like Pavarotti. Going for a record...
HE's GOT IT! (1:30.78)
And finally, the lady of the evening is about to take
- Kacy Catanzaro (25; San Antonio; gym owner): The
question is simple: can Mighty Kacy do it again? Judging
by how much time there's left in this episode, she's
going to cut it mighty fine. FAIL Cargo Crossing
Brent said it himself: you stay on the course long
enough, it will humble you.
1) DANIEL GIL (1:30)
2) BRENT STEFFENSEN (1:49)
3) THOMAS STILLINGS (2:20.6)
4) DILLON GATES (2:20.8)
5) GEOFF LANCASTER (2:21)
6) ANDREW LOWES (2:36)
7) TREMAYNE DORTCH (2:51)
8) ABEL GONZALEZ (3:03)
9) NATHAN JASSO (3:06)
10) RYAN McCOY (3:07)
11) SAM SANN (3:10)
12) JOE CALDERON (3:17)
13) JON HORTON (3:30)
14) TONY MATESI (3:40)
15) JONATHAN PARR (4:25)
16) Jeremiah Morgan (Swinging Spikes)
17) Josh Grant (Swinging Spikes)
18) Anthony Scott (Swinging Spikes)
19) Evan Dollard (Swinging Spikes)
20) Travis Iverson (Swinging Spikes)
21) Brock Riebe (Swinging Spikes)
22) Karsten Williams (Swinging Spikes)
23) Kevin Klein (Swinging Spikes)
24) Vance Yarter (Swinging Spikes)
25) Clayton Coufal (Swinging Spikes)
26) Robert Ing (Swinging Spikes)
27) Tyler Fisher (Swinging Spikes)
28) Darren Fagan (Swinging Spikes)
29) David Yarter (Swinging Spikes)
30) Christopher Janes (Swinging Spikes)
But Kacy could still make the trip to Vegas if she gets
a wild-card slot. We shall soon see. Meanwhile, our
attention turns to how I spent my spring vacation. Pay
attention, this is relevant. Next stop: Universal
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety,
go to nbc.com/anw