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American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars is the second postseason tournament of American Ninja Warrior 7. It aired on May 29th, 2016 as a two-hour special.

Synopsis:

The All Star Special took place at Mt Midoriyama in Las Vegas, Nevada between the events of Season 7 and Season 8. during the first hour of the all-stars was the Team Competition and during the second hour was the Skills Competition.

Team Competition:

The team competition consisted of two five person teams picked by the hosts of American Ninja Warrior, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. Each team has three veterans, one rookie and one female competitor.

TEAM COMPETITOR
VETERANS ROOKIE WOMAN
Matt Iseman Joe Moravsky Lance Pekus JJ Woods Grant McCartney Jessie Graff
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila David Rodriguez Brent Steffensen Jamie Rahn Daniel Gil Meagan Martin


The competition began on the same Second Stage that was used in American Ninja Warrior 7, the obstacles were the same from the original season.

Second Stage Obstacles

  1. Rope Jungle
  2. Double Salmon Ladder
  3. Unstable Bridge
  4. Butterfly Wall
  5. Roulette Row
  6. Wall Lift


There were three head to head match-ups/heats on Stage 2 each heat was worth one point.

First Heat

Team Competitor Result Notes
Team Matt Joe Moravsky Clear (1:08.52) Joe was the first to run.
Team Akbar Brent Steffensen Failed Double Salmon Ladder First wall.

By that point Team Matt was leading 1-0

Second Heat

Team Competitor Result Notes
Team Matt Lance Pekus Clear
Team Akbar Jamie Rahn Failed Roulette Row First Hoop. Jamie was the first to run.

So now the score was Team Matt: 2 Team Akbar: 0

Third Heat

Team
Team Matt Grant McCartney Failed Unstable Bridge Transition to second board. Grant was the first to run.
Team Akbar Daniel Gil Clear

So the score was Team Matt: 2 and Team Akbar: 1


The competition continued on the Third Stage that was used in that same competition.

Third Stage Obstacles

  1. Psycho Chainsaw
  2. Doorknob Grasper
  3. Floating Boards
  4. Ultimate Cliffhanger
  5. Pole Grasper
  6. Hang Climb
  7. Area 51
  8. Flying Bar

There were two head to head match-ups/heats on Stage 3 each heat was also worth one point.

First Heat

Team Competitor Result Note
Team Matt JJ Woods Failed Floating Boards JJ was the first to attempt
Team Akbar David Rodriguez Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to final ledge.

Since David went farther than JJ, Team Akbar won the heat and now both teams were tied 2-2.

Second Heat

Team Competitor Result Note
Team Matt Jessie Graff Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger She cleared the first three obstacles faster the Meagan.
Team Akbar Meagan Martin Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Meagan was the first to attempt. She finished the first three obstacles in 3:19.

By now the score was Team Matt: 3 and Team Akbar: 2

As the competition was now moving on to Stage 4 where there was going to be a side by side climb off on the 75 ft tower for the first time ever. This heat on stage 4 was worth 3 points.

Final Stage Obstacle

  1. Rope Climb (75 ft)

Final Heat

Team Competitor Result Note
Team Matt Lance Pekus Clear
Team Akbar David Rodriguez Clear (30.23) David finished first.

The Final Score was Team Akbar: 5 points and Team Matt: 3 Points making Team Akbar the winners in the competition.


Skills Competition:

The Skills Competition was when some of the most iconic obstacles were supersized to the max.

Giant Peg Board

The First part of the skills competition consisted of a Giant Peg Board where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would have one minute to clear as many sections on the peg board as possible while moving clockwise around it. The Giant Peg Board was shaped like a giant clock that was divided into 12 sections with 15 holes in each section with a total of 180 holes in the whole peg board.

Results

Competitor Segments Cleared
Ben Melick 12
Jessie Graff 10
David Campbell 13
Brian Arnold 15

Therefore Brian Arnold won the Giant Peg Board competition and he won a medal as a reward.

Supersonic Shelf Grab

The Second part of the skills competition consisted of the Supersonic Shelf Grab where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would jump off a mini-tramp catch themselves on a small shelf that has just a two-inch ledge and then lache a certain distance and catch themselves on a second shelf that also has a two-inch ledge with just their fingertips. Each of them had one attempt they would get eliminated if they came up short. The competition began with the distance between the two shelves at 9 ½ feet compared to the actual Flying Shelf Grab's distance which is 8 ft and it will increase each time two or more competitors finish the jump.

Competitors

  1. Meagan Martin
  2. Kevin Bull
  3. Drew Drechsel
  4. Isaac Caldiero

Results

9 ½ ft Gap

Competitor Result
Meagan Martin Clear
Kevin Bull Clear
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear

10 ½ ft Gap

Competitor Result
Meagan Martin Failed
Kevin Bull Clear
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear

12 ft. Gap

Competitor Result
Kevin Bull Failed
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear

13 ft. Gap

Competitor Result
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear

14 ft. Gap (Maximum Distance)

Competitor Result
Drew Drechsel Clear
Isaac Caldiero Clear

With that they reached the max, for safety reasons the gap couldn’t be any greater than 14 feet. Since they both cleared the maximum distance, they both were deemed co-champions and both earned medals.

Super Salmon Ladder

The third part of the skills competition consisted of the Super Salmon Ladder where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would use their upper body strength to hoist themselves up the rungs. There were 35 rungs in all equaling the obstacle to be 4 stories tall.

Competitors

  1. Dustin McKinney
  2. Kacy Catanzaro
  3. Lance Pekus
  4. Michael Bernardo

Results

Competitor Result
Dustin McKinney 22 rungs
Kacy Catanzaro 11 rungs
Lance Pekus 28 rungs
Michael Bernardo 35 rungs

With Michael Bernardo cleared all 35 rungs, he won the Super Salmon Ladder competition and he won a medal as a reward.

Giant Jump Hang

The fourth part of the skills competition consisted of the Giant Jump Hang where each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would jump off a mini tramp and leap from a great distance and grab the hanging cargo net. The competition began with the mini-tramp 16 feet away from the cargo net and its distance will increase each time two or more competitors clear it. This event was digested.

Competitors

  1. Abel Gonzalez
  2. Brent Steffensen
  3. JJ Woods
  4. Nicholas Coolridge

Results

16 ft. Gap

Competitor Result
Abel Gonzalez Clear
Brent Steffensen Clear
JJ Woods Clear
Nicholas Coolridge Clear

17 ft. Gap

Competitor Result
Abel Gonzalez Failed
Brent Steffensen Failed
JJ Woods Clear
Nicholas Coolridge Clear

17 ½ ft. Gap

Competitor Result
JJ Woods Failed
Nicholas Coolridge Failed

When both JJ and Nicholas came up short therefore both of them were declared co-champions and were each given a medal.

Mega Wall

The fifth and final part of the skills competition consisted of the Mega Wall which was the Warped Wall taken to a whole new level. Each of the four athletes chosen to take on this obstacle, would sprint down the runway and scale the wall with one attempt each person, if they came up short they would be eliminated. Whomever scales the wall would move on to the next round. The Mega Wall started out at 16 feet tall and will increase its height if two or more competitors advance.

Competitors

  1. Alan Connealy
  2. Jamie Rahn
  3. Joe Moravsky
  4. David Rodriguez

Results

16 ft. Warped Wall

Competitor Result
Alan Connealy Clear
Jamie Rahn Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
David Rodriguez Clear

18 ft. Warped Wall

Competitor Result
Alan Connealy Failed
Jamie Rahn Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
David Rodriguez Clear

18 ½ ft. Warped Wall

Competitor Result
Jamie Rahn Clear
Joe Moravsky Clear
David Rodriguez Clear

18'9 ft. Warped Wall

Competitor Result
Jamie Rahn Failed
Joe Moravsky Clear
David Rodriguez Clear

The sun was already rising at this point of the competition.

19 ft. Warped Wall

Competitor Result
Joe Moravsky Failed
David Rodriguez Clear

David Rodriguez became the champion for this final event, winning another medal.

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