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American Ninja Warrior was the first season of Ninja Warrior's international format in the United States, which preceded the 4 previous American Ninja Challenge events and served as the American qualifiers for SASUKE 23. For this season, Blair Herter served as the host and Alison Haislip served as the co-host. The season premiered on December 12th, 2009.

Qualifying

In qualifying, competitors would face 6 obstacles and no time limit to complete the course. The 30 fastest competitors who completed the course would advance to semifinal. If less than 30 competitors completed the course, the competitors who got the furthest and fastest round the course would advance to semifinal.

Obstacles

^Quintuple Steps
^Rope Swing
^Barrel Roll
^Spider Wall
^Pipe Slider
^Warped Wall

^ - New Obstacle in American Ninja Warrior Course

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st William Spencer Stuntman Clear (0:33.0)
2nd David Campbell Musician Clear (0:35.0)
3rd Paul Darnell Freerunner Clear (0:35.7)
4th Rich King Stuntman Clear (0:35.8)
5th Chris Delfin Contractor Clear (0:37.1)
6th Ryan Cousins Graphic Artist Clear (0:37.8)
7th Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner Clear (0:38.2)
8th Caine Sinclair Freerunner Clear (0:39.0)
9th Dorian Cedars Clear (0:39.7) Digest.
10th Jazon Khazi Clear (0:41.2) Digest.
11th Matt Marshall Clear (0:42.5) Digest.
12th Travis Furlanic Landscaper Clear (0:43.5) David Campbell's nephew.
13th Brian Orosco Freerunner Clear (0:44.1)
14th David Gruner Craftsman Clear (0:44.4) Digest.
15th Sean Morris Limo Driver Clear (0:45.3)
16th Gabe Nunez Stuntman Clear (0:45.6)
17th Geoff Iida Attorney Clear (0:46.3)
18th Elias Worsencroft Clear (0:46.7) Digest.
19th Andrew Karsen Manager Clear (0:47.1) Digest.
20th Andrew Taber Clear (0:47.7) Digest.
21st Ruselis Perry Martial Artist Clear (0:47.9)
22nd Jacob Smith Clear (0:48.0) Digest.
23rd Shane Daniels Controller Clear (0:51.5)
24th Sam Reynolds Clear (0:52.8) Digest.
25th Gabriel Cortes Clear (0:55.6) Digest.
26th Rick Huelga Designer Clear (0:58.1)
27th Joop Katana Programmer Clear (0:59.0)
28th Tra Truong Management Clear (0:59.10) Digest.
29th Matt Asanuma Student Clear (0:59.16)
30th Brian Kretsch Salesman Clear (1:00.0)

Semifinal

In semifinal, competitors would face 9 obstacles (in which the first 6 obstacles were the same as in qualifying) and no time limit to complete the course. The 15 fastest competitors who completed the course would advance to finals. If less than 15 competitors completed the course, the competitors who got the furthest and fastest round the course would advance to finals.

Obstacles

Quintuple Steps
Rope Swing
Barrel Roll
Spider Wall
Pipe Slider
Warped Wall
^Tarzan Swing
^Jumping Bars
^Cargo Climb

^ - New Obstacle in American Ninja Warrior Course

Results

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 1st William Spencer Freerunner Clear (1:23.1)
2nd 7th Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner Clear (1:28.7)
3rd 2nd David Campbell Musician Clear (1:30.7)
4th 15th Sean Morris Limo Driver Clear (1:32.75)
5th 12th Travis Furlanic Landscaper Clear (1:32.78) Digest.
6th 3rd Paul Darnell Freerunner Clear (1:34.8)
7th 4th Rich King Stuntman Clear (1.35.2)
8th 6th Ryan Cousins Graphic Artist Clear (1:36.1) Digest.
9th 23rd Shane Daniels Controller Clear (1:39.2)
10th 8th Caine Sinclair Freerunner Clear (1:41.1)
11th 19th Andrew Karsen Manager Clear (1:41.2)
12th 26th Rick Huelga Designer Clear (1:41.3) Digest.
13th 13th Brian Orosco Freerunner Clear (1:45.9)
14th 17th Geoff Iida Attorney Clear (1:48.1) Digest.
15th 27th Joop Katana Programmer Clear (1:49.0)

Results of Other Semifinalists

Place Name Profile Result Notes
5th Chris Delfin Contractor 7. Tarzan Swing Digest.
9th Dorian Cedars 6. Warped Wall Digest.
10th Jazon Khazi 7. Tarzan Swing Digest.
11th Matt Marshall Clear (1:53.3) Digest. 17th place.
14th David Gruner Craftsman 5. Pipe Slider
16th Gabe Nunez Stuntman Clear (1:50.9) 16th place.
18th Elias Worsencroft Clear (2:34.1) Digest. 22nd place.
20th Andrew Taber 8. Jumping Bars Digest.
21st Ruselis Perry Martial Artist 8. Jumping Bars
22nd Jacob Smith Clear (1:58.1) Digest. 19th place.
24th Sam Reynolds Clear (1:55.5) Digest. 18th place.
25th Gabriel Cortes Clear (1:59.4) Digest. 20th place.
28th Tra Truong Management Clear (2:09.6) 21st place.
29th Matt Asanuma Student 8. Jumping Bars
30th Brian Kretsch Salesman 5. Pipe Slider

Finals

Competition Format

The competition worked as followed:

  • Competitors would face 2 training challenges:
    • In the first challenge, competitors must move 10 blocks (arranged in a pyramid structure) from one side to another (50 feet in distance) and arrange those blocks just like at the starting line (the pyramid structure), Competitors were only allowed to bring up to 2 blocks at the time. Also, competitors were strapped to a bungee cord, with a big tire attached at the end of the bungee cord.
    • The second challenge consisted of 3 obstacles. Firstly, competitors must crawl under the cargo net. Secondly, competitors must bring a heavy barrel above their head and walked across 2 logs (if they fell, they must start the obstacle all over again). Thirdly, competitors must run through the tires (if they missed one of the tires or touched the tires with their hand, they must start the obstacle all over again). And finally, competitors must run to the finish line.
  • The finishing time from each challenge would be combined, and the 10 competitors with the fastest overall time would qualify to SASUKE 23.
  • The training challenges were held in a beach area in California and supervised by 2 American Olympians, who had competed in SASUKE before: Paul Anthony Terek and Henry Cejudo.


Results

Place Semifinal Place Name Profile Challenge #1 Time Challenge #2 Time Total Time Notes
1st 13th Brian Orosco Freerunner 1:28.4 0:24.6 1:53.0 Qualify to SASUKE 23.
2nd 2nd Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner 1:28.5 0:26.0 1:54.5
3rd 5th Travis Furlanic Landscaper 1:31.3 0:27.1 1:58.4
4th 6th Paul Darnell Freerunner 1:37.2 0:26.3 2:03.5
5th 7th Rich King Stuntman 1:42.2 0:25.3 2:07.5
6th 10th Caine Sinclair Freerunner 1:48.5 0:26.1 2:14.6
7th 9th Shane Daniels Controller 1:46.4 0:31.5 2:17.9
8th 14th Geoff Iida Attorney 1:50.9 0:27.8 2:18.7
9th 15th Joop Katana Programmer 2:04.6 0:24.2 2:28.8
10th 12th Rick Huelga Designer 2:01.0 0:28.0 2:29.0
11th 11th Andrew Karsen Manager 2:08.6 0:25.7 2:34.3
12th 8th Ryan Cousins Graphic Artist 2:07.5 0:27 2:34.5
13th 3rd David Campbell Musician 1:59.5 0:40 2:39.5
14th 4th Sean Morris Limo Driver 1:54.6 0:46 2:40.6
15th 1st William Spencer Freerunner 1:35 Withdrew After completing the first challenge, William suffered a heat exhaustion and was brought to the nearest hospital. Although he was then released, since he couldn't continue the competiton, he was disqualified.

Mount Midoriyama (SASUKE 23)

Notes: The obstacles' name used here was based on the name used during G4's broadcast.

Stage One

Obstacles

Twelve Timbers
Curtain Slider
Log Grip
Jumping Spider
Half Pipe Attack
Warped Wall
Slider Jump
⑧ Final Climb (Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder fusion)

Time limit: 120 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Rick Huelga Designer 7. Slider Jump Timed out.
Joop Katana Programmer 7. Slider Jump Timed out.
Geoff Iida Attorney 6. Warped Wall Timed out.
Shane Daniels Controller 8. Final Climb Timed out at the Tarzan Rope.
Caine Sinclair Freerunner 8. Final Climb Timed out at the top of the Rope Ladder.
Rich King Stuntman Clear (13.40 seconds left)
Paul Darnell Freerunner 5. Half Pipe Attack Foot touched the water while landing.
Travis Furlanic Landscaper 4. Jumping Spider
Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner Clear (29.20 seconds left)
Brian Orosco Freerunner Clear (18.65 seconds left)


Stage Two

Obstacles

Downhill Jump
Salmon Ladder
Stick Slider
Unstable Bridge
Metal Spin
Wall Lift

Time limit: 70 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Rich King Stuntman 4. Unstable Bridge Transition to the second plank.
Brian Orosco Freerunner 4. Unstable Bridge The grip gave out at the end of the second plank.
Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner Clear (18.1 seconds left)


Stage Three

Obstacles

Arm Rings
Globe Grasp
Devil Steps
Cliff Hanger
Jumping Bars
Ascending Climb
Spider Flip
Final Ring

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Levi Meeuwenberg Freerunner 4. Cliff Hanger Fell at the second ledge.


Stage Four

Obstacles

Heavenly Ladder (13 meters)
G-Rope (10 meters)

Time limit: 40 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Stage Not Attempted by American Competitors.

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