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The Los Angeles City Finals episode of American Ninja Warrior aired on July 11, 2016 at 8/7c. This is the sixth episode of American Ninja Warrior 8. This was also the first week of this year's city finals rounds. The episode took place at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California. The episode was hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar-Gbaja-Biamila. Kristine Leahy co-hosted as the sideline reporter. This episode included competitors Kevin Bull, Jessie Graff, Flip Rodriguez and Grant McCartney.

Obstacles

  1. Floating Steps
  2. Tick Tock
  3. Escalator
  4. Ring Jump
  5. I-Beam Cross
  6. Warped Wall
  7. Salmon Ladder
  8. The Wedge
  9. Helix Hang
  10. Invisible Ladder

Description

The Los Angeles City Finals Round concluded with only one finisher, tying Brent Steffensen's Stage 2 run in the American Ninja Warrior 4 Las Vegas Finals and Nicholas Coolridge's and Dustin McKinney's Venice Beach and San Pedro Military City Final runs of American Ninja Warrior 7, respectively as the lowest finishers in ANW history. Rock climber and engineering student Josh Levin, who was a rookie, earned the "POM Wonderful Run of the Night" and the only finish (8:21.30). Jessie Graff came in second place, breaking her own record for the highest finish by a woman in a city competition and will be one of the favorites to make it to Stage Two in the ANW8 National Finals in Las Vegas this season.

The Wedge earned its spot as possibly the hardest obstacle ever as Flip Rodriguez, Kevin Bull, Nicholas Coolridge, Grant McCartney, Nick Hanson, Ben Melick, Jackson Meyer, and 11 other competitors failed on this obstacle (meaning three failed to make it to the Las Vegas Finals). In total, 2 of the 20 competitors who faced it were able to beat it, giving it the highest failure rating of any obstacle on any course (90%), shockingly edging out Cannonball Alley in season 6 and Hourglass Drop in season 7.

Shocking falls that didn't make it include Brian Kretsch (Escalator), Alan Connealy (I-Beam Cross) and Jesse La Flair (Salmon Ladder).

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