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American Ninja Warrior: USA vs The World 2 was the third installment of American Ninja Warrior's international tournament, which was premiered on January 31st, 2016.

Competitors

Due to incredible results from American Ninja Warrior 7, all members of Team USA from the previous tournament were changed, with 5 competitors made their American Ninja Warrior's international tournament debut, including Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero, the first two competitors to achieve total victory in American Ninja Warrior history. However, during the taping of Stage Two, Geoff Britten suddenly suffered a high fever (about 103 degrees Fahrenheit/39.4 degrees Celsius), and wasn't able to compete for the rest of the tournament. Therefore, Joe Moravsky took his place as member of Team USA.

Due to poor results from 2 previous American Ninja Warrior's international tournaments (USA vs. Japan and USA vs. The World), Team Japan had changed 3 out of 5 competitors from the previous tournament, with Takahashi Kenji, Kawaguchi Tomohiro, and Hioki Masashi made their American Ninja Warrior's international tournament debut.

As the reigning champion of the previous tournament, Team Europe only changed 2 competitors, with Tim Champion (United Kingdom) and Alexander Mars (Sweden) made their American Ninja Warrior's international tournament debut.

Interestingly, among the 16 competitors who competed on this tournament, 3 of them had recently achieved kanzenseiha/total victory in 2015 (Morimoto Yūsuke in SASUKE 31, Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero on American Ninja Warrior 7).

Team USA Team Japan Team Europe

Competition Format

The competition worked as followed:

  • From Stage One to Stage Three, there were 3 heats in each stage.
  • Each heat consisted of 3 competitors (1 competitor from each team).
  • In each heat, the competitor who completed the course (or made the furthest) in the fastest time would receive points for his respective team: 1 point for each heat in Stage One, 2 points for each heat in Stage Two, and 3 points for each heat in Stage Three.
  • The points would be cumulated among those three stages, and the team who got the highest points would be the champion of the tournament.
  • If there were at least 2 teams who got the same highest points, those teams would send one member each to scale the Stage Four tower. Whoever reached the top of the tower in the fastest time, his respective team would be the champion of the tournament.
  • There was no time limit to complete the stages (Stage One to Stage Four).

Stage One

Obstacles

Piston Road
Propeller Bar
Silk Slider
Jumping Spider
Sonic Curve
Warped Wall
Coin Flip
Flying Triple Swing

Results

Heat 1

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team USA Isaac Caldiero 4. Jumping Spider Team USA
Team Japan Matachi Ryo 4. Jumping Spider Completed the Silk Slider slower than Isaac Caldiero.
Team Europe Alexander Mars 4. Jumping Spider Completed the Silk Slider slower than Isaac Caldiero.

Heat 2

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Europe Tim Champion 8. Flying Triple Swing Transition to Rope Ladder. Team Europe
Team Japan Takahashi Kenji 2. Propeller Bar
Team USA Kevin Bull 4. Jumping Spider

Heat 3

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Japan Morimoto Yūsuke 4. Jumping Spider Team USA
Team Europe Tim Shieff Clear (1:25.33)
Team USA Drew Drechsel Clear (1:18.61)

Standings After Stage One

Place Team Total Points
1st Team USA 2 points
2nd Team Europe 1 point
3rd Team Japan 0 points

Stage Two

Obstacles

Rope Jungle
Double Salmon Ladder
Unstable Bridge
Butterfly Wall
Roulette Row
Wall Lift

Results

Heat 1

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Europe Stefano Ghisolfi 5. Roulette Row Failed to make the dismount to the landing platform. Team Europe
Team USA Kevin Bull 2. Double Salmon Ladder Missed the jump to the third rung of the first ladder.
Team Japan Hioki Masashi 3. Unstable Bridge The grip gave out at the first plank.

Heat 2

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Europe Tim Shieff 3. Unstable Bridge The grip gave out at the second plank. Team USA
Team Japan Kawaguchi Tomohiro 5. Roulette Row Failed to make the dismount to the landing platform.
Team USA Drew Drechsel Clear (1:34.46)

Heat 3

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team USA Joe Moravsky Clear (1:23.69) Team Europe
Team Japan Takahashi Kenji 2. Double Salmon Ladder Fell while trying to reach the fifth rung of the first ladder.
Team Europe Sean McColl Clear (1:19.86)

Standings After Stage Two

Place Team Total Points
1st Team Europe 5 points
2nd Team USA 4 points
3rd Team Japan 0 points

Stage Three

Obstacles

Psycho Chainsaw
Doorknob Grasper
Floating Boards
Ultimate Cliffhanger
Pole Grasper
Hang Climb
Area 51
Flying Bar

Results

Heat 1

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Europe Alexander Mars 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the final ledge. Team USA
Team USA Ian Dory 8. Flying Bar The grip gave out at the fifth cradle.
Team Japan Kawaguchi Tomohiro 2. Doorknob Grasper Fell while trying to make the dismount from the fourth doorknob to the landing platform.

Heat 2

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team USA Joe Moravsky 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the final ledge. Team Europe
Team Japan Matachi Ryo 7. Area 51
Team Europe Stefano Ghisolfi 8. Flying Bar Missed the jump to the fourth cradle.

Heat 3

Team Name Result Notes Winning Team
Team Japan Morimoto Yūsuke Clear (6:29.38) Team USA
Team Europe Sean McColl Clear (5:42.25)
Team USA Isaac Caldiero Clear (4:28.84) POM Run of the Night.

Standings After Stage Three (Final Standings)

Place Team Total Points
1st Team USA 10 points
2nd Team Europe 8 points
3rd Team Japan 0 points
American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World 2 champion: Team USA