American Ninja Warrior

The popularity of the American Ninja Challenge has led G4 to create an licenced version of SASUKE, from series distributor Tokyo Broadcasting System, titled American Ninja Warrior. American Ninja Warrior is a staged turn of events, with all competitors from the United States and all play-by-play commentary in English. As of early August, 2009, the competition has been decided. The competition was filmed from August 29th, 2009 to September 1st, 2009.


The filming took place at 2861 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, with G4 working in conjunction with Pilgrim Films & Television. Open try-outs were scheduled on both Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th, from 7 AM to 6 PM. Although the days are being used as open try-outs, participants have submitted entry videos through G4 to Pilgrim Films, and certain entrants have been called to schedule a specific try-outs for one of the two days.

Out of all the competitors that competed on the first two days on the first six obstacles, only those with the top 30 times would move onto the semi-finals. From there, the top 30 would run the semifinal course, with the top 15 moving onto the finals. The finals consisted of two training challenges. For the first, known as the Bungee Cinderstack, competitors had to haul ten cinder blocks across a 50 feet gap while being strapped to a bungee cord. For the second, competitors had to run an obstacle course consisting of an army crawl (Cargo Crawl), a balance beam while carrying a heavy barrel (Double Gallon Log), and running through tires (Twelve Tires). The top ten combined times were flown to SASUKE 23.


Quintuple Steps

Rope Swing

Barrel Roll

Spider Wall

Pipe Slider

Warped Wall

Semifinal Obstacles (extended course)

Tarzan Swing

Jumping Bars

Cargo Climb



Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
P.J Hradilek (28) Personal Trainer Quintuple Steps
Chi-Yoon Chung (38) Film Editor Quintuple Steps
Shawn Carper (31) Forklift Driver Rope Swing First to beat the Quintuple Steps.
Luvelle Mendoza (22) Saleswomen Quintuple Steps
Ginnie Phong (29) Designer Rope Swing
Peter Austin (23) Developer Rope Swing He forgot to grasp the rope, and fell at the beginning platform.
David Moss ("Green Man") (25) Editor Rope Swing
Trish Knopp (31) Trainer Rope Swing
Ryoga Vee (29) Entertainer Rope Swing His toe touched the water.
Dylan Wight (31) Clerk Rope Swing His feet touched the water.
Jim Ounniyom (25) Film Maker Spider Wall First to beat the Rope Swing and Rolling Barrel.
Jeff Torres (24) Actor Spider Wall
Brett Sims (23) Two-time Mt. Midoriyama Veteran/Construction Worker Pipe Slider First to beat the Spider Wall.
Daniel "Bones" Devane (29) Technician Clear (1:52.00 seconds) First to beat the Pipe Slider and Warped Wall. First to beat the Qualifying Course.
Xin Wuku (28) Freerunner/American Gladiator Clear (1:24.73 seconds)
Jason Miller (28) MMA Fighter Clear (2:55.11 seconds)
Kevin Zeeff (24) Prop Master Pipe Slider
Lisanna Haskins (26) Coach Pipe Slider
Ryan Stratis (26) Military Soldier Clear (1:13.98 seconds)
Brian Kretsch (26) Salesman Clear (1:00.00 seconds)
Matt Asanuma (22) Student Clear (59.12 seconds)
Chris Christensen (23) Student Spider Wall
Rick Huelga (37) Designer Clear (58.17 seconds)
Shane Daniels (23) Controller Clear (51.52 seconds)
Geoff Iida (36) Deputy District Attorney Clear (46.39 seconds)
Ruselis "Blackie Chan" Perry (32) Martial Artist Clear (47.99 seconds)
Sean Morris (21) Limo Driver Clear (45.38 seconds)
Gabe Nunez (26) Stuntman Clear (45.66 seconds)
Brian Orosco (26) Freerunner Clear (44.12 seconds)
San Thach (27) Comedian Warped Wall
Joop Katana (28) Programmer Clear (59.07 seconds)
David Campbell (32) Musician Clear (35.00 seconds)
Travis Furlanic (24) David Campbell's Nephew Clear (43.56 seconds)
Chris Delfin (25) Contractor Clear (37.19 seconds)
Ryan Cousins (23) Graphic Artist Clear (37.84 seconds)
Luci Romberg (28) Stuntwoman Pipe Slider
Rich King (29) Stuntman Clear (35.80 seconds)
Caine Sinclair (23) Freerunner Clear (39.00 seconds)
Paul Darnell (27) Stuntman/Freerunner Clear (35.79 seconds)
Mashashi Oguchi (30) Salesman Rope Swing
William Spencer (26) Stuntman Clear (33.00 seconds) Fastest Qualifying Time in history.
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) Freerunner Clear (38.22 seconds)
Dustin Sims Brother of Brett Sims Spider Wall All Cut. Intentionally front-flipped off of the trampoline into the water.
Lorin Ball Pipe Slider All Cut.


Name (Age) Qualifying Placing Result Notes
Brian Kretsch (26) 30th in Qualifying Pipe Slider
Matt Asanuma (22) 29th in Qualifying Jumping Bars First to beat the Tarzan Swing.
Tra Trung (21) 28th in Qualifying Clear (2:09.66 seconds) First to beat the Jumping Bars and Cargo Climb. First to beat the Semi-Finals Course.
Gabriel Cortes (24) 25th in Qualifying Clear (1:59.43 seconds)
Jacob Smith 22th in Qualifying Clear (1:58.19 seconds)
Sam Reynolds (34) 24th in Qualifying Clear (1:55.55 seconds)
Joop Katana (28) 27th in Qualifying Clear (1:49.00 seconds)
Gabe Nunez (26) 16th in Qualifying Clear (1:50.97 seconds)
Elias Worsencroft (29) 18th in Qualifying Clear (2:34.13 seconds)
Geoff Iida (36) 17th in Qualifying Clear (1:48.17 seconds)
Rick Huelga (37) 26th in Qualifying Clear (1:41.35 seconds)
Andrew Karsen (29) 19th in Qualifying Clear (1:41.28 seconds)
Ruselis "Blackie Chan" Perry (32) 21st in Qualifying Jumping Bars
Andrew Taber (21) 20th in Qualifying Jumping Bars
Shane Daniels (23) 23rd in Qualifying Clear (1:39.24 seconds)
Sean Morris (21) 15th in Qualifying Clear (1:32.77 seconds)
David Gruner (33) 14th in Qualifying Pipe Slider
Brian Orosco (26) 13th in Qualifying Clear (1:45.91 seconds)
Travis Furlanic (24) 12th in Qualifying Clear (1:32.78 seconds)
Matt Marshall (25) 11th in Qualifying Clear (1:53.39 seconds)
Jason Khazi (25) 10th in Qualifying Tarzan Swing
Dorian Cedars (34) 9th in Qualifying Warped Wall
Caine Sinclair (23) 8th in Qualifying Clear (1:41.11 seconds)
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) 7th in Qualifying Clear (1:28.77 seconds)
Ryan Cousins (23) 6th in Qualifying Clear (1:36.48 seconds)
Chris Delfin (25) 5th in Qualifying Tarzan Swing
Rich King (29) 4th in Qualifying Clear (1:35.26 seconds)
Paul Darnell (27) 3rd in Qualifying Clear (1:34.86 seconds)
David Campbell (32) 2nd in Qualifying Clear (1:30.70 seconds)
William Spencer (26) Fastest Man from Qualifying Clear (1:23.15 seconds)


Name (Age) Placing Notes
Brian Orosco (26) 1st 1:53
Levi Meeuwenberg (23) 2nd 1:54
Travis Furlanic (24) 3rd 1:58
Paul Darnell (27) 4th 2:03
Richard King (29) 5th 2:07
Caine Sinclair (23) 6th 2:14
Shane Daniels (23) 7th 2:17
Geoff Iida (36) 8th 2:18
Joop Katana (28) 9th 2:28
Rick Huelga (37) 10th 2:29
Andrew Karsen (29) 11th 2:33
Ryan Cousins (23) 12th 2:34
David Campbell (32) 13th 2:39
Sean Morris (21) 14th 2:40
William Spencer (26) 15th Disqualified due to heat exhaustion and was taken to the nearest hospital.

Competition (SASUKE 23)

ANW Qualifier # in Tournament Name Result
1 73 Brian Orosco (26) Failed on Unstable Bridge (Stage Two)
2 95 Levi Meeuwenberg (23) Failed on Shin-Cliffhanger (Stage Three)
3 44 Travis Furlanic (24) Failed on Jumping Spider (Stage One)
4 43 Paul Darnell (27) Failed on Half Pipe Attack (Stage One)
5 42 Richard King (29) Failed on Unstable Bridge (Stage Two)
6 41 Caine Sinclair (23) Failed on Final Climb (Stage One)
7 Shane Daniels (23) Failed on Final Climb (Stage One)
8 Geoff Iida (36) Failed on Warped Wall (Stage One)
9 Joop Katana (28) Failed on Slider Jump (Stage One)
10 Rick Huelga (37) Failed on Slider Jump (Stage One)

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