The Giant Cubes is a new obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9, serving as the eighth obstacle of the Daytona Beach Finals. Competitors have to go down a slanted pole and must hold on and traverse to the first cube with ledges around it, which competitors must make a long reach to grasp onto the ledge on the top of the first cube. Competitors must then make a transition from one cube to another cube, which is smaller and trapezoidal in shape. After that they must traverse around the second cube utilizing its ledges and make a jump to the landing platform.
This obstacle proved to be difficult as it took out several competitors like Ryan Stratis, Eddy Stewart, Alexio and Lucas Gomes, Michael Johnson and Reko Rivera. A total of ten competitors failed the obstacle, typically due to struggling on the reach on the first cube or making the transition. According to ninja veteran Daniel Gil on NBC's Crashing the Course, it is recommended for competitors to visualize or strategize with the obstacle, such as the open ledges, to ensure competitors smoothly transition in addition to conserving energy.
Competitors' Success Rate
Note: All percentage rates are rounded to the nearest hundredth place.