Joe Moravsky was born on March 23rd, 1989 and grew up in the small town of Sherman, Connecticut. He is currently a weatherman and gymnastics/parkour coach. He coaches at a gym in Newtown, Connecticut called Vasi's International Gymnastics. Since childhood, Joe knew two things for sure, he loved the weather and playing sports. Through elementary and high school, Joe participated in many sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, and cross-country.
On American Ninja Warrior 5, he finished the Baltimore Qualifying in 6th with 1:25.96; the best of any rookie that night. In the Semi-Finals, he nearly ran out of energy on the Body Prop, but managed to hang on, flipping onto the platform below. In Las Vegas he cleared the First Stage with 36.23 seconds left. He became one of seven to clear the Second Stage with 17.70 seconds left. On the Third Stage, he beat the first two obstacles easily, but failed the Floating Boards while transitioning to the fourth board. He finished second overall, only being surpassed by Brian Arnold, and made it into the history books for the best rookie performance.
This year, Joe was the biggest likeable to become the first American Ninja Warrior. In American Ninja Warrior 6 St Louis Qualifying, he cleared with 1:04.14, knocking out Amy Pajcic , who happened to be on the bubble. In the St. Louis Finals, he managed to get the fastest time again, with 3:40.48, but not before a scary attempt at the Rumbling Dice, where he became the first person ever to pull the dice OFF the track. This created controversy over the fact he was not disqualified for breaking the Rumbling Dice (it wouldn't matter as he was already through to Vegas anyway). In the Vegas Finals, Joe easily completed the First stage with 29.79 seconds left. On the Second Stage, Joe became the first out of two competitors to complete the Second Stage with only 1.29 seconds left. In the Third stage, he got his revenge on the Floating Boards, and destroyed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. He also managed to complete the new obstacle, the Propeller Bar. However, he wasn't able to get a proper footing on the Hang Climb and fell in the water. He was the last man standing in that tournament.
USA vs. The World
He then represented Team USA in USA vs The World. In the tournament, he competed on the first and third stage. On the first stage, he set a new first stage record of 1:12.72, only to be bested by Tim "Livewire" Shieff, who ran a 1:02:70 in the next heat. He easily won his heat against Vadym Kuvakin of Team Europe and Shingo Yamamoto of Team Japan. On the third stage, he went against Stefano Ghisolfi, and Yusuke Morimoto. But just like in American Ninja Warrior 6, Joe lost his grip on the Hang Climb and failed. He eventually lost his heat to Ghisolfi, who completed the stage.
In American Ninja Warrior 7, Joe competed in the Pittsburgh Qualifying course. He finished the course with the second fastest time of 1:34.17 only behind Elet Hall. In the city finals, Joe slowly but surely mastered the first nine obstacles. On the Invisible Ladder, however, Joe had a quick stumble at the end but still managed to complete the finals course making it his third straight year to complete a City Finals course and automatically qualify to the Vegas finals.
In Las Vegas, Joe cleared the First Stage with 35.31 seconds remaining. He then completed the Second Stage with 20.41 seconds remaining making it his third consecutive year to complete the stage. On the Third Stage, Joe was making great progress until he reached the newly modified Ultimate Cliffhanger. On the obstacle, Joe was able to transverse through it easily until he reached the gap towards the final ledge. Instead of facing the final ledge to leap, Joe decided to do the Crazy Cliffhanger technique, but he lost his grip on the final ledge and failed.
USA vs. The World II (January 31, 2016)
He was an alternate competitor for Team USA in the third International Tournament after Geoff Britten was given a doctor stop. Despite having little time to prepare, Joe easily completed the Second Stage in 1:23.69, however he was beaten by Sean McColl who got a time of 1:19.86 losing the heat. In the Third Stage, he ended up failing the Ultimate Cliffhanger again when he attempted to jump while facing the 14th ledge. He ended up losing his heat to Stefano Ghisolfi, who failed the Flying Bar.
Joe was an alternate competitor for the first American Ninja Warrior All Star special in 2016. He competed in the Team competition representing Team Matt. Joe ran in the first heat on Stage 2 where he completed the course faster than anyone else that had ever finished it. (1:08:52). he won the point for team Matt because his opponent, Brent Steffensen (representing Team Akbar). failed the Double Salmon Ladder.
in the skills competition, Joe was also one of four competitors that participated on the Supersized Mega Wall. he made it all the way to the final round where he failed to scale 19 ft.
In American Ninja Warrior 8, Joe's newborn daughter, Emily, was born in December 2015. As one of the favorites to win it all, he competed in the Philadelphia Qualifying course, completing it with the third fastest time at 2:00.29 behind Anthony DeFranco and Jon Alexis Jr.
In the Philadelphia City Finals, he blazed through the first nine obstacles. However, he had his first defeat outside of the Third Stage when he fell on the Invisible Ladder. He placed second overall and qualified for the National Finals for the fourth year in a row.
On the First Stage, Joe finished the course with 4.10 seconds remaining, heading to Stage Two for the fourth time in his career. However, he was shockingly dealt his first Stage Two fail when he lost his grip on the Wave Runner.
As shocking news, it has been reported that Joe's uncle, Rob (the father of Rob Moravsky), suddenly passed away. As such, the death of Joe's uncle became his main source of motivation this season. Joe returned to compete in Cleveland and was able to complete the qualifying course with the second fastest time, just behind Anthony DeFranco. in the city finals, Joe was only one of two competitors that cleared the Nail Clipper, he cleared the rest of the course putting up the fastest time of the night and moved on to the national finals in Las Vegas.
The gym he trains at includes obstacles such as the Warped Wall, Jumping Spider, Crazy Cliffhanger, Double Salmon Ladder, Unstable Bridge, Floating Boards, Chain See-Saw, Godantobi, and Balance Tank. He competes around the country at local events. One such event was held at Chris Wilczewski's gym, the Movement Lab, where he made it to the Third Stage before ultimately failing on the insanely modified version of the Ultimate Cliffhanger.
|ANW5||41||Failed Floating Boards (Third Stage)||Failed Transition from 3rd to 4th Board|
|ANW6||38||Failed Hang Climb (Third Stage)||Last man standing.|
|ANW7||64||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger (Third Stage)||Failed transition to final ledge. Used Crazy Cliffhanger technique.|
|ANW8||66||Failed Wave Runner (Second Stage)||Failed transition from 1st Board to 2nd Board.|