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American Ninja Warrior 3 was the third season of American Ninja Warrior, which was served as the American qualifiers for SASUKE 27. For this season, Matt Iseman returned as the host for his second season, Jimmy Smith returned as the co-host for his second season, while Alison Haislip returned on her third season as the sideline reporter. The season was premiered on July 31st, 2011.

This season was notable for being the last American Ninja Warrior season to hold qualifiers for SASUKE, as the competition format on the next season was drastically changed.

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

*Quad Steps
^Log Grip
*Bridge of Blades
^Jump Hang
*Jumping Bars
Warped Wall

^ - New Obstacle in American Ninja Warrior Course
* - Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior's Seasons)

Results

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Michael Zernow Marketing Director Clear (0:44.20)
2nd Brandon Douglass Recent College Graduate Clear (0:46.13)
3rd Chris Wilczewski Student Clear (0:47.23)
4th Travis Furlanic Dance Instructor Clear (0:48.42)
5th Travis Rosen Stock Trader Clear (0:48.61) Digest.
6th Sean Morris Limo Driver Clear (0:49.07) Digest.
7th Tim Shieff World Freerunning Champion Clear (0:51.61)
8th Jake Smith Cable Technician Clear (0:52.47) Digest.
9th Drew Drechsel Car Detailer Clear (0:53.30)
10th Alan Connealy Chiropractor Clear (0:54.04) Digest.
11th Brian Orosco Freerunner Clear (0:54.30)
12th Ryan Thompson Clear (0:54.31) Digest.
13th Brent Steffensen Stuntman Clear (0:55.60)
14th Paul Kasemir Software Engineer Clear (0:55.80)
15th Matt Marshall Clear (0:56.49) Digest.
16th Jason Williams Clear (0:58.23) Digest.
17th Ryan Cousins 3D Artist Clear (0:59.08)
18th Stephen Volcko Clear (0:59.41) Digest.
19th Amos Rendao Parkour Instructor Clear (1:00.66)
20th David Campbell Musician Clear (1:00.78)
21st Evan Dollard Writer Clear (1:01.29)
22nd David Rodriguez Freerunner Clear (1:01.67)
23rd Dustin Rocho CPR Instructor Clear (1:02.90)
24th Ryan Stratis Army National Guardsman Clear (1:03.15)
25th Luis Moco Stuntman Clear (1:06.95) Digest.
26th Victor Rivera College Student Clear (1:07.24) Digest.
27th Justin Taylor Clear (1:07.56) Digest.
28th Rafe Kelley Parkour Coach Clear (1:10.58) Digest.
29th James McGrath Student Clear (1:14.29)
30th Daron Payne Insurance Agent Clear (1:16.02)

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 Boot Camp finals. If less than 15 competitors completed the course, the competitors who got the furthest and fastest round the course would advance to Boot Camp finals.

Obstacles

Quad Steps
+Log Grip
Bridge of Blades
Jump Hang
+Jumping Bars
Warped Wall
Salmon Ladder
^Unstable Bridge
Cargo Net

^ - New Obstacle in American Ninja Warrior Course
+ - Modified Obstacle (Compared to American Ninja Warrior 3's Qualifying Course)

Results

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 24th Ryan Stratis Army National Guardsman Clear (3:22.21) Injured his ankle while dismounting from the Jumping Bars.
2nd 3rd Chris Wilczewski Student 8. Unstable Bridge (1:21.50) Digest.
3rd 14th Paul Kasemir Software Engineer 8. Unstable Bridge (1:23.37) Digest.
4th 9th Drew Drechsel Car Detailer 8. Unstable Bridge (1:25.89) Digest.
5th 20th David Campbell Musician 8. Unstable Bridge (1:31.72)
6th 13th Brent Steffensen Stuntman 8. Unstable Bridge (1:33.78)
7th 5th Travis Rosen Stock Trader 8. Unstable Bridge (1:34.89)
8th 4th Travis Furlanic Dance Instructor 8. Unstable Bridge (1:37.92) Digest.
9th 23rd Dustin Rocho CPR Instructor 8. Unstable Bridge (1:46.52) Digest.
10th 11th Brian Orosco Freerunner 8. Unstable Bridge (1:58.71)
11th 2nd Brandon Douglass Recent College Graduate 8. Unstable Bridge (2:03.59) Digest.
12th 22nd David Rodriguez Freerunner 8. Unstable Bridge (2:05.74) Digest.
13th 29th James McGrath Student 8. Unstable Bridge (2:06.44) Digest.
14th 1st Michael Zernow Marketing Director 8. Unstable Bridge (2:17.37)
15th 10th Alan Connealy Chripractor 7. Salmon Ladder (0:45.20) Digest.

Results of Other Semifinalists

Place Name Profile Result Notes
6th Sean Morris Limo Driver 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
7th Tim Shieff World Freerunning Champion 2. Log Grip
8th Jake Smith Cable Technician 7. Salmon Ladder 16th place.
12th Ryan Thompson 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
15th Matt Marshall 6. Warped Wall Digest.
16th Jason Williams 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
17th Ryan Cousins 3D Artist 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
18th Stephen Volcko 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
19th Amos Rendao Parkour Instructor 5. Jumping Bars Digest.
21st Evan Dollard Writer 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
25th Luis Moco Stuntman 2. Log Grip Digest.
26th Victor Rivera College Student 4. Jump Hang
27th Justin Taylor 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
28th Rafe Kelley Parkour Coach 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
30th Daron Payne Insurance Agent 2. Log Grip

Boot Camp Finals

Competitors

Boot Camp finals was held in a remote mountain area in California. 15 competitors who advanced to Boot Camp finals were divided into three teams: Red Dragons, White Tigers, and Blue Monkeys. Each team consisted of 5 competitors, with the first competitor to represent each team was one of the top 3 competitors during semifinal (Ryan Stratis for Red Dragons, Chris Wilczewski for White Tigers, and Paul Kasemir for Blue Monkeys). Then, each of them would select the other 4 members for his respective team in a schoolyard pick fashion.

Prior to competing on Boot Camp finals, Michael Zernow suffered an injury while training and withdrew from the competition. Therefore, Jake Smith (who finished in 16th place during semifinal) took his place.

Red Dragons White Tigers Blue Monkeys


Competition Fomat

There were 3 rounds used during Boot Camp finals:

  • Pressure Challenge
    • The Pressure Challenge consisted of an obstacle, in which each team must send one member to compete.
    • The competitor who had the worst performance would earn punishment for the entire members of his respective team.
    • The punishment consisted of bringing heavy objects to the Team Relay course, which would reduce the team's training time and energy for the Team Relay.
  • Team Relay
    • The Team Relay consisted of an obstacle course, just like in SASUKE.
    • Each competitor would run the course by bringing an heavy object (which was usually brought by the losing team from the Pressure Challenge) to the obstacle, and then attempting the obstacle. After that, he must repeat those two processes to the next obstacle, and then brought that object to the finish line.
    • Each obstacle had a maximum number of attempts to complete the obstacle. If the competitor failed to complete an obstacle within the allowed number of attempts, he would receive a time penalty added to his Team Relay time. The amount of time penalty for each obstacle may differed for each day of Boot Camp finals.
    • At the end of Team Relay, the completion time for each competitor (including the time penalty) would be accumulated among the other members of his respective team. The team who completed the Team Relay course in the slowest time must elect 2 of their members to face the Heavenly Ropes.
    • The number of obstacles faced by the competitors during the Team Relay may differed for each day of Boot Camp finals.
  • Heavenly Ropes
    • The Heavenly Ropes consisted of a side-to-side Rope Climb, with a bell at the top of each rope.
    • Each competitor must climb up the rope, in order to reach and ring the bell. Whoever did this in the fastest time (or made the highest, in case of none of the competitors could reach and ring the bell) would continue the competition, while the loser would be eliminated from the competition.

Those 3 rounds were used during the first 3 days of Boot Camp finals, except on the fourth and final day, in which:

  • There was no Pressure Challenge (as well as no punishment), so the teams would be more focused on the Team Relay.
  • At the end of the Team Relay, the team who completed the Team Relay course in the fastest time (including the time penalty) would send all of their members to represent Team America in SASUKE 27, while the two losing teams must elect 2 members each from their respective team to face the Heavenly Ropes.
  • At the end of the Heavenly Ropes, the 2 competitors who reached and rang the bell in the fastest time (or made the highest, in case of less than 2 competitors could reach and ring the bell) would represent Team America in SASUKE 27, while the losers would be eliminated from the competition.
  • The 2 losing teams whose members didn't face the Heavenly Ropes would automatically represent Team America in SASUKE 27.


Day 1

Pressure Challenge

The Pressure Challenge's obstacle for the first day of Boot Camp finals was called the Net Climb, which consisted of a cargo net with 25 flags attached around the cargo net. Each competitor from his respective team was given 60 seconds to collect as many flags as possible. If the flag dropped to the ground below, it didn't count. If the competitor touched the ground below, his turn would automatically over. The competitor who collected the fewest number of flags would earn punishment for the entire member of his respective team, in which each member of the losing team must bring several logs from one side of mountain area to the training ground (Team Relay course).

Team Name Result Notes Losing Team
Blue Monkeys Paul Kasemir 14 flags Blue Monkeys
White Tigers Brian Orosco 16 flags
Red Dragons Travis Rosen 16 flags Fell before the time ran out.


Team Relay

The Team Relay's obstacles for the first day of Boot Camp finals were the:

  • Ultimate Cliffhanger
    • Number of maximum attempts allowed: 1
    • Time penalty: 2 minutes
  • Warped Wall
    • Number of maximum attempts allowed: 1
    • Time penalty: 1 minute

Each competitor also must bring several logs (which were brought by Blue Monkeys, due to losing at the Pressure Challenge) to the obstacle before attempting the obstacle. On each team, the first competitor to run the course would bring the lightest logs, the next competitor to run the course would bright heavier logs than the previous competitor, and the last competitor to run the course would bring the heaviest logs.

Team Name Obstacle #1 (Ultimate Cliffhanger) Obstacle #2 (Warped Wall) Team's Completion Time Time Penalty Team's Total Time Notes Losing Team
Blue Monkeys Jake Smith Clear Fail 10:05.23 9:00.00 19:05.23 Blue Monkeys
Travis Furlanic Clear Fail
Paul Kasemir Clear Fail
Dustin Rocho Fail Fail
Brandon Douglass Fail Fail
Red Dragons Ryan Stratis Fail Fail 8:54.19 7:00.00 15:54.19
Travis Rosen Clear Fail
David Campbell Clear Fail
James McGrath Clear Fail
Alan Connealy Clear Fail
White Tigers David Rodriguez Clear Fail 8:02.38 7:00.00 15:02.38
Brent Steffensen Clear Fail
Brian Orosco Fail Fail
Chris Wilczewski Clear Fail
Drew Drechsel Clear Fail


Heavenly Ropes

Since Blue Monkeys lost on the Team Relay, they must elect 2 of their members to face the Heavenly Ropes, which were Brandon Douglass and Dustin Rocho.

Team Competitor #1 Competitor #2 Winning Competitor Notes
Blue Monkeys Brandon Douglass Dustin Rocho Brandon Douglass Brandon Douglass reached and rang the bell first.
Eliminated on the First Day of Boot Camp Finals: Dustin Rocho


Day 2

Pressure Challenge

The Pressure Challenge's obstacle for the second day of Boot Camp finals was called the Hang Move, which consisted of 4 chains with a foothold at the bottom of each chain. Each competitor from his respective team must swing across the chains from the starting platform to reach the landing platform, without touching the ground below. To add the difficulty, each competitor also wore a heavy backpack (40 pounds in weight) while attempting the obstacle. The competitor who reached the landing platform (or swung across the fewest number of chains, in case of less than 2 competitors could reach the landing platform) in the slowest time would earn punishment for the entire member of his respective team, in which each member of the losing team must bring several tires from one side of mountain area to the training ground (Team Relay course).

Team Name Result Notes Losing Team
White Tigers Brent Steffensen Clear (0:22.37) Red Dragons
Blue Monkeys Jake Smith Clear (0:12.56)
Red Dragons Alan Connealy Fail Fell at the fourth chain.


Team Relay

The Team Relay's obstacles for the first day of Boot Camp finals were the:

  • Roulette Cylinder (SASUKE 26 version)
    • Number of maximum attempts allowed: 1
    • Time penalty: 3 minutes
  • Balance Tank (SASUKE 10-17 version)
    • Number of maximum attempts allowed: 2
    • Time penalty: 2 minutes

Each competitor also must bring a tire (which was brought by Red Dragons, due to losing at the Pressure Challenge) and roll it to the obstacle before attempting the obstacle.

Team Name Obstacle #1 (Roulette Cylinder) Obstacle #2 (Balance Tank) Team's Completion Time Time Penalty Team's Total Time Notes Losing Team
Red Dragons David Campbell Clear Clear 10:21.88 0:00.00 10:21.88 White Tigers
Ryan Stratis Clear Clear
Travis Rosen Clear Clear
James McGrath Clear Clear
Alan Connealy Clear Clear
White Tigers Chris Wilczewski Fail Clear 9:45.31 9:00.00 18:45.31
David Rodriguez Clear Clear
Brent Steffensen Fail Clear
Brian Orosco Fail Clear
Drew Drechsel Clear Clear
Blue Monkeys Paul Kasemir Clear Clear 10:26.00 0:00.00 10:26.00
Brandon Douglass Clear Clear
Jake Smith Clear Clear
Travis Furlanic Clear Clear
Paul Kasemir (second run) Clear Clear Since Blue Monkeys had one less member than the other two teams, they must select one of their members to run the course twice, and they decided to choose Paul Kasemir.


Heavenly Ropes

Since White Tigers lost on the Team Relay, they must elect 2 of their members to face the Heavenly Ropes, which were Chris Wilczewski and Brian Orosco.

Team Competitor #1 Competitor #2 Winning Competitor Notes
White Tigers Chris Wilczewski Brian Orosco Brian Orosco Brian Orosco reached and rang the bell first.
Eliminated on the Second Day of Boot Camp Finals: Chris Wilczewski


Day 3

Pressure Challenge

The Pressure Challenge's obstacle for the third day of Boot Camp finals was called the Bungee Rope Climb, which consisted of 9 ropes and 5 bells placed between several of the ropes. Each competitor from his respective team must traverse the ropes, and then rang the bell in order back and forth. If the competitor fell to the ground below or skipped several ropes/bells, his turn would automatically over. The competitor who rang the bells in the fewest number of times would earn punishment for the entire member of his respective team, in which each member of the losing team must bring several heavy ropes from one side of mountain area to the training ground (Team Relay course).

Team Name Result Notes Losing Team
Red Dragons David Campbell 19 bells Rang 19 bells in 1:23. Blue Monkeys
White Tigers Drew Drechsel 19 bells Rang 19 bells in 1:21.
Blue Monkeys Travis Furlanic 16 bells


Team Relay

The Team Relay's obstacles for the first day of Boot Camp finals were the:

Each competitor also must brought a heavy rope (which was brought by Blue Monkeys, due to losing at the Pressure Challenge) to the obstacle before attempting the obstacle.

Team Name Obstacle #1 (Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge) Obstacle #2 (Warped Wall) Team's Completion Time Time Penalty Team's Total Time Notes Losing Team
Blue Monkeys Travis Furlanic Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear 5:22.19 16:00.00 21:22.19 Blue Monkeys
Paul Kasemir Clear Fail
Brandon Douglass Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Fail
Jake Smith Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear
Travis Furlanic (second run) Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear Since Blue Monkeys had one less member than the team with the most number of members (Red Dragons), they must select one of their members to run the course twice, and they decided to choose Travis Furlanic.
Red Dragons David Campbell Clear Clear 8:08.08 10:00.00 18:08.08
Ryan Stratis Clear Clear
Travis Rosen Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Fail
James McGrath Clear Clear
Alan Connealy Fail (Unstable Bridge) Fail
White Tigers Brent Steffensen Clear Fail 7:45.40 5:00.00 12:45.40
Brian Orosco Clear Clear
David Rodriguez Clear Clear
Drew Drechsel Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear
Brent Steffensen (second run) Clear Clear Since White Tigers had one less member than the team with the most number of members (Red Dragons), they must select one of their members to run the course twice, and they decided to choose Brent Steffensen.


Heavenly Ropes

Since Blue Monkeys lost on the Team Relay, they must elect 2 of their members to face the Heavenly Ropes. However, in an unpredictable twist, the producers decided to let the team who won the Team Relay (White Tigers) to choose two members of Blue Monkeys to face the Heavenly Ropes, which were Brandon Douglass and Travis Furlanic.

Team Competitor #1 Competitor #2 Winning Competitor Notes
Blue Monkeys Brandon Douglass Travis Furlanic Travis Furlanic Travis Furlanic reached and rang the bell first.
Eliminated on the Third Day of Boot Camp Finals: Brandon Douglass


Day 4

Team Relay

The Team Relay's obstacles for the fourth and final day of Boot Camp finals were the:

Unlike the first 3 days of Boot Camp finals, on the fourth and final day of Boot Camp finals, competitors would no longer bring any object to the obstacles.

Team Name Obstacle #1 (Double Salmon Ladder + Unstable Bridge) Obstacle #2 (Balance Tank) Obstacle #3 (Ultimate Cliffhanger) Team's Completion Time Time Penalty Team's Total Time Notes Winning Team
Red Dragons David Campbell Clear Clear Clear 10:44.81 3:00.00 13:44.81 Blue Monkeys
Ryan Stratis Clear Clear Clear
Travis Rosen Clear Clear Clear
James McGrath Clear Fail Clear
Alan Connealy Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear Clear
White Tigers Brent Steffensen Clear Clear Clear 10:34.10 11:00.00 21:34.10
Brian Orosco Clear Clear Fail
David Rodriguez Clear Clear Fail
Drew Drechsel Fail Fail Fail
Brent Steffensen (second run) Fail Clear Clear Since White Tigers had one less member than the team with the most number of members (Red Dragons), they must select one of their members to run the course twice, and they decided to choose Brent Steffensen.
Blue Monkeys Paul Kasemir Clear Clear Clear 11:10.40 2:00.00 13:10.40
Travis Furlanic Clear Clear Clear
Jake Smith Clear Clear Clear
Paul Kasemir (second run) Clear Clear Clear Since Blue Monkeys had two less members than the team with the most number of members (Red Dragons), they must select two of their members to run the course twice, and they decided to choose Paul Kasemir and Travis Furlanic.
Travis Furlanic (second run) Fail (Double Salmon Ladder) Clear Clear


Heavenly Ropes

Since Red Dragons and White Tigers lost on the Team Relay, each team must elect 2 of their members to face the Heavenly Ropes, which were Alan Connealy and Travis Rosen (Red Dragons), and Drew Drechsel and Brian Orosco (White Tigers).

Team Competitor #1 Competitor #2 Winning Competitors Notes
Red Dragons Alan Connealy Travis Rosen Travis Rosen and Drew Drechsel 3 out of 4 could reach and ring the bell, with Alan Connealy was the only one who couldn't do so. However, Travis Rosen and Drew Drechsel had the 2 fastest times.
White Tigers Drew Drechsel Brian Orosco
Eliminated on the Fourth Day of Boot Camp Finals: Alan Connealy and Brian Orosco


Team America (American Representatives) in SASUKE 27

Team Name
Red Dragons Ryan Stratis
David Campbell
Travis Rosen
James McGrath
White Tigers Brent Steffensen
Drew Drechsel
David Rodriguez
Blue Monkeys Paul Kasemir
Travis Rosen
Jake Smith

Mount Midoriyama (SASUKE 27)

On this season, one competitor who could achieve total victory would receive the prize of US$500,000 K-Swiss endorsement deal. Also, American competitors' run in this tournament was aired on August 22nd, 2011 (6 weeks before the official air date of SASUKE 27).

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

Stage One

Obstacles

Step Slider
Rolling Escargot
Giant Swing
Jumping Spider
Half Pipe Attack
Warped Wall
Spinning Bridge
⑧ Final Climb (Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder fusion)

Time limit: 125 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
James McGrath Student Clear (22.24 seconds left)
Drew Drechsel Car Detailer 6. Warped Wall Injured his right knee while landing on the Half Pipe Attack and withdrew from the competition.
Travis Rosen Stock Trader Clear (21.70 seconds left)
Ryan Stratis Army National Guardsman Clear (13.97 seconds left)
Brent Steffensen Stuntman Clear (32.92 seconds left)
Jake Smith Cable Technician Clear (07.35 seconds left) Digest.
David Rodriguez Freerunner Clear (17.73 seconds left) Digest. Full run was shown on the original broadcast.
Travis Furlanic Dance Instructor Clear (43.90 seconds left) Digest.
Paul Kasemir Software Engineer Clear (26.55 seconds left)
David Campbell Musician Clear (44.32 seconds left)


Stage Two

Obstacles

Slider Drop
Double Salmon Ladder
Unstable Bridge
Balance Tank
Metal Spin
Wall Lift

Time limit: 90 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Jake Smith Cable Technician 2. Double Salmon Ladder
James McGrath Student Clear (17.58 seconds left)
David Rodriguez Freerunner 1. Slider Drop
Travis Rosen Stock Trader 5. Metal Spin
Ryan Stratis Army National Guardsman Clear (18.41 seconds left)
Travis Furlanic Dance Instructor 5. Metal Spin
Brent Steffensen Stuntman 5. Metal Spin
Paul Kasemir Software Engineer Clear (04.98 seconds left)
David Campbell Musician Clear (14.41 seconds left)


Stage Three

Obstacles

Arm Bike
Flying Bar
Ultimate Cliffhanger
Jumping Ring
Chain Saw
Rope Climb
Bar Glider

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
James McGrath Student 3. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the fifth ledge.
Ryan Stratis Army National Guardsman 3. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the fourth ledge.
Paul Kasemir Software Engineer 3. Ultimate Cliffhanger Transition to the fifth ledge.
David Campbell Musician 3. Ultimate Cliffhanger The grip gave out at the end of the sixth ledge.


Stage Four

Obstacles

Rope Climb (20 meters)

Time limit: 40 seconds.

Results

Name Profile Result Notes
Stage Not Attempted by American Competitors.

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