For the past month or so,
we've been emphasizing the "Ninja" in "Ninja Warrior".
After all, this is based on a Japanese competition.
Tonight, we're going to emphasize the "Warrior" of
"Ninja Warrior", as we salute the men and women, active
and retired, of the United States military by letting
them run the course in the shadow of one of the
mightiest warships ever assembled.
SAN PEDRO, CA
Awaiting our warriors tonight are six obstacles, two of
which are being christened tonight.
- Quintuple Steps
- Jump Hang
- Log Runner: speed across four free-spinning logs.
- Monkey Pegs
- I-Beam Cross: use your legs and grip to move across
the narrow lip.
- Warped Wall. 14 feet, three tries.
This is a win-and-in situation. Anyone who completes the
Qualifier is guaranteed a spot in the City Final. If we
don't have 30 finishers, the rest of the board will be
occupied by those who traveled the furthest the fastest.
- Kyle Durand (43; Navy; technology entrepreneur): FAIL
- Amanda Graham (22; Navy; junior officer): FAIL Monkey
- Kenneth Knoop (28; Army; railroad engineer): twin
brother Keith will run the course later. FAIL Jump Hang
- Keith Knoop (28; Army; police officer): doctors told
him he would never walk again. See Kenneth. FAIL Jump
Felicia Flake, and Dean Mosier all come up a bit short.
- Deon Graham (29; Navy;
surface warfare officer): FAIL I-Beam Cross
Then came Sara Valdez
(Jump Hang), Styves Exantus (Log Runner), and Jason
Cantu (I-Beam Cross) can't figure out this course.
- Dustin McKinney (28;
Navy; lieutenant): last year, he fell on a spider
obstacle. This year... makes the course his ... yeah.
Reporting for duty next:
Amy Proctor, Joshua Stone, and Chris Moore...and all
- Kristin Bagby (32;
Coast Guard; Dept. of Homeland Security): a breast
cancer survivor. FAIL Log Runner
- Seth Caskey (25; Air Force; staff sergeant): COMPLETE!
Three more came. Daniel
Glenn... Paul Metzler... and Natalie Schibell...all
- Chuck Mammay (72; Army; retired): a Vietnam veteran,
he is the oldest person to run the course. EVER. FAIL
- Jeremy Prather (35; Marines; deputy US Marshal): FAIL
- Kevin Jones (40; Army; politician): this is what
happens when you only take one side of an issue. FAIL
- Justin Gielski (30; Air National Guard; loadmaster):
FAIL I-Beam Cross
Scott "Red Dog" Redding
was neutered by the Jump Hang. Kristin Dalton got run
over by the Log Runner. Matthew Jensen beat the Wall.
- Ahmed Toure (24; Army; climbing instructor): COMPLETE!
- Hyrum Prince (38; Army National Guard; deep sea
diver): FAIL Log Runner
- Tory Garcia (30; Navy; intelligence officer): FAIL
- PJ Walsh (43; Navy; stand-up comic): FAIL Log Runner
Ken Kreutzer tried a dramatic dismount on the Monkey
Peg... Didn't happen. Van Tran finished. Caleb Hayre...
fastest time of the night.
- Robin Pietschmann (25;
Coast Guard; rescue swimmer). COMPLETE! (3:05.51). The
run of the night.
And now, the main event.
The man who's been through ALL of the seasons of ANW.
- Ryan Stratis (32; Army National Guard; personal
trainer): COMPLETE! (4:25.65) That took LASER FOCUS!
1) ROBIN PIETSCHMANN (3:05)
2) CALEB HAYRE (3:14)
3) SETH CASKEY (3:26)
4) AHMED TOURE (3:44)
5) MATTHEW JENSEN (3:46)
6) JOEL BLAIR (3:52)
7) STEVE MARTIN (4:14)
8) VAN TRAN (4:20)
9) RYAN STRATIS (4:25)
10) DUSTIN McKINNEY (5:11)
11) Nathan Tucker (I-Beam Cross)
12) Arnold Dinh (I-Beam Cross)
13) Casey Thornton (I-Beam Cross)
14) Justin Gielski (I-Beam Cross)
15) Jason Cantu (I-Beam Cross)
16) Preston Griffall (I-Beam Cross)
17) Randall Forsythe (I-Beam Cross)
18) Jeremy Prather (I-Beam Cross)
19) Omar Payton (I-Beam Cross)
20) Deon Graham (I-Beam Cross)
21) Benjamin Barrett (I-Beam Cross)
22) Kyle Durand (I-Beam Cross)
23) Jeremy Guarino (I-Beam Cross)
24) Christopher Moore (I-Beam Cross)
25) Trevor Parks (I-Beam Cross)
26) Darren Virgo (I-Beam Cross)
27) Joel Burkhalter
28) Vincent Klapper (Monkey Pegs)
29) Dean Mosier (Monkey Pegs)
30) Alexander Panyasiri (Monkey Pegs)
We've separated the wheat from the chaff. Next week, we
begin the process of separating the Ninja Warriors from
the Ninja Wannabes. The first City Final: Venice.
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety,
go to nbc.com/anw