Lance Pekus is a rancher from Salmon, Idaho who is another competitor who practices obstacles at home for training. Lance`s obstacles include the Double Salmon Ladder, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Jumping Bars, and on a 14-Foot Tall Soritatsu Kabe. But despite building a Soritatsu Kabe, he failed it in competition during ANW 4. After failing the Soritatsu Kabe, he built a new one: A foot higher. This proved to give redemption as Lance moved on to the Venice Finals. He even made it to the Cliffhanger, but after VIKING`s Rope Maze, he just had nothing left for that obstacle. However, he did enough to qualify for the National Finals in Las Vegas, hoping to win $500,000 for Lance`s child`s college funds. In the ANW5 Finals, he made it all the way to the Jumping Spider before failing.
In ANW6, he competed in Denver this time. He made it past the Qualifiers and made it into the Denver Finals. He made it past the first 6 obstacles and Salmon Ladder, but went out on the Arm Rings after so much struggle. However, by placing 15th he made it to Vegas again, where he failed the Jumping Spider again.
In ANW7, he competed in Kansas City, where he cleared the Qualifying Course. In the Finals, he cleared all of the 8 obstacles. On the Body Prop, his foot slipped, but recovered and eventually finished the Finals course, for the very first time. He has the fastest time in Kansas City. On stage 1, he got revenge of the Jumping Spider and cleared stage one for the first time. On stage 2, Lance started out strong but went out on the Roulette Row while reaching for the second hoop.
In ANW8, He competed in Oklahoma City this time. Pekus had some trouble on the new Ring Swing, but was able to clear it. However, on the Log Runner, he overshot the 4th log, bashed his shin and stomach into the 5th log, and fell into the water, not making into the city finals.
With high hopes for redemption after a disastrous exit last season, Pekus returned in American Ninja Warrior 9 competing in Kansas City, Missouri. It was revealed Pekus took some time off of ninja training to regroup his bearings and mentality, ensuring it wouldn't deter his comeback this year. Like last year, he stumbled on a balance obstacle, this time being the Broken Pipes. However, Pekus managed to recover greatly after nearly tapping the water. Averting an early exit, Pekus managed to blaze through the other three obstacles in qualifying with ease, and achieved the fastest time of the day, beating Brandon Mears' time by 31 seconds.
In the city finals, Lance was cruising through the first seven obstacles, despite a small stumble on the Broken Pipes. However, on the Floating Monkey Bars, he was having difficulties placing the bar on the rungs which ultimately caused him to fail. He still managed to punch his ticket to Vegas by placing 6th overall. In Vegas He made it back to Stage 2 where he failed on Wingnut Alley when he didn't get enough momentum to reach the second wingnut.
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