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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Kansas City Final
So far, nothing but stars
line up the final schedule. The best of the best will
get a shot at Mt. Midoriyama, but first, they have to
conquer four new obstacles. The road to Las Vegas
In addition to the obstacles in the Qualifier - all of
which our City Finalists completed - the ninjas will
have to face four new obstacles, one of which is making
its ANW premiere tonight.
- Quintuple Steps
- The Big Dipper
- The Floating Tiles
- Modified Ring Toss: the pegs are further apart.
- Bungee Road: there's one less pair of bungees.
- Warped Wall: 14 feet, three tries.
- SALMON LADDER
- FLYING SHELF GRAB: Swing from a bar and catch
themselves on a series of small shelves.
- BODY PROP: in addition to moving across the prop, you
will have to move DOWN.
- INVISIBLE LADDER
Complete this course, and you will have earned a spot on
the plane to Mt. Midoriyama. In more ways than one. If
we get less than 15, then the ones that made it the
fastest & furthest will advance.
We begin with the Towers of Power, both Chicago
firefighters, both tall as all get out.
- Brandon Mears (33; Elgin, IL; firefighter): FAIL Body
- Dan Polizzi (33; Oswego, IL; firefighter): FAIL Ring
Another couple of competitors - Christopher Lange
flunked on the Floating Tiles, and Dan Holguin lost his
grip on Bungee Road.
- Dan Banura (30; Grand Blanc, MI; contractor): FAIL
Flying Shelf Grab
- Kevin Hogan (39; St. Michael, MN; tax accountant):
FAIL Flying Shelf Grab
- Alan Adams (31; Ashland, OR; health club sales rep):
FAIL Salmon Ladder
Another two athletes - James Fenby wasn't handy on
Bungee Road, while TJ Sanderson beat the wall, but the
Salmon Ladder beat him.
- Jon Stewart (53; Washington, UT; construction
foreman): who has the tallest Salmon Ladder in the
world. FAIL Flying Shelf Grab
Three more competitors coming, Mike McKenzie (Floating
Tiles), Gabe Blomgren (Bungee Road), and Jake Murray
(Body Prop) going. Next up, the Wolfpack...
- Isaac Caldiero (33; Fort Collins, CO; professional
rock climber): FAIL Body Prop
Next up, Lutalo Sephers (Salmon Ladder), Paul Kasemir
(Body Prop), and Brian Arnold (Body Prop) slip up. Body
Prop is shaping up to be the Ninja killer.
- Dr. Noah Kaufman (40; Ft. Collins, CO; ER physician):
running the course for a patient's grandmother. Right
now, he is fighting bone cancer while dreaming of being
a doctor himself. FAIL Bungee Road. The leader of the
Wolfpack is DONE!
- Dan Yager (32; Ft. Collins, CO; hair salon owner):
born in South Korea, raised in tuberculosis, put up for
adoption in America. FAIL Body Prop
More ninjas in a moment, but right now, let's pause 10
seconds for station identification. This is American
Ninja Warrior on NBC.
On the other side of the break, the Body Prop takes out
two more: Karson Voiles and Josh Cook. Eight have
reached the mark. Eight have failed. That's a 100
percent failure rate.
- Brendan Couvreux (33; Boulder, CO; paramedic): born in
France, he traveled all over the world on a sailboat.
Nowadays, he loves to go hiking & rock climbing when
he's not saving lives. COMPLETE! (8:14.84!) C'est bon!
- Brandon Berrett (28; Saratoga Springs, UT; ceramics
teacher): his parents struggled with drug addiction.
Adopted and overcoming, he's now fighting for his own
family. Even with the scar on his head opening up...
FAIL Body Prop
- Michael Stanger (31; South Weber, UT; insurance
agent): a wait in the walk-on line spurred by his wife's
terminal illness, Elhlers-Danlos Syndrome. We don't know
how much longer she has, so she wanted to share in his
Body Prop. And it's not fast enough to move on. But
nothing but love for him AND his family.
Down to the final runs of the night with Michael Silenzi
(Flying Shelf Grip), Lorin Ball (Body Prop), Dennis
Lappin (Body Prop), and...
- Ian Dory (24; Ft. Collins, CO; professional rock
climber): The last member of the Wolfpack. COMPLETE!
- Meagan Martin (25; Boulder, CO; rock climbing coach):
looking to become only the second female to complete the
City Final. FAIL Big Dipper. UNBELIEVABLE!
- Lance "Cowboy Ninja" Pekus (28; Salmon, ID; rancher):
he just finished building a house, a Ninja Man Cave, and
a newborn son. If he finishes the course, Matt & Akbar
agree to put on cowboy hats. He's through to Vegas, but
he wants that buzzer.... COMPLETE! (5:38.44) HATS!
1) LANCE PEKUS (5:38)
2) IAN DORY (6:44)
3) BRENDAN COUVREUX (8:14)
4) Isaac Caldiero (Body Prop)
5) Josh Cook (Body Prop)
6) Brandon Berrett (Body Prop)
7) Lorin Ball (Body Prop)
8) Paul Kasemir (Body Prop)
9) Brandon Mears (Body Prop)
10) Jake Murray (Body Prop)
11) Karson Voiles (Body Prop)
12) Brian Arnold (Body Prop)
13) Jason Williams (Body Prop)
14) Dan Yager (Body Prop)
15) Dennis Lappin (Body Prop)
Next time we meet, we're looking for the top 15 in
Houston. Will Brent
Steffensen keep his comeback hopes alive? Stay tuned.
For more information on the contestants,
including never-before-seen footage, or to watch this episode in its entirety,
go to nbc.com/anw