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Nagasaki Shunsuke (長崎 峻侑) is a trampolinist who is one of the most promising of recent competitors. This skilled trampolinist, who is called "Prince of the Trampoline", has won several medals in the Trampoline World Cups and Doha Asian Games.

Competition History

Shunsuke first appeared in SASUKE 14 at age 17 when he was only a high school sophomore. In that competition, he made it to the Second Stage, where after struggling on the Spider Walk he timed out on the Wall Lifting.

In SASUKE 15, he joined Kawashima Takayuki as having the distinction of being the youngest competitor to reach the Third Stage, which they did at age 18. He made it to the Third Stage's Cliffhanger in both the 15th and 16th tournaments and failed there. After SASUKE 16, he built a Cliffhanger replica in his garage to train.

In the 17th competition, he came out strong by finishing the First Stage with the fastest time, clearing with 17.7 seconds left. He then cleared the Second Stage with 10.8 seconds left. In the Third Stage, he finally got by the Cliffhanger obstacle and completed the Third Stage, along with eventual champion Nagano Makoto. Although he timed out on the Final Stage, it was this competition that people really took notice of Nagasaki as a serious contender.

In SASUKE 18, he and his brother, Nagasaki Takamasa, made it through the new First Stage. Then in the Second Stage, Nagasaki breezed through the new obstacles (including the new Salmon Ladder) and made it to the Third Stage. In the redesigned Third Stage, he made it to the fourth obstacle, the Shin-Cliffhanger. Unlike Nagano Makoto and many future competitors, Nagasaki tried to reach for the third ledge without jumping. However, due to the large gap, he failed the obstacle.

In the 19th competition, he was eliminated in the First Stage by the Flying Chute; this was his first time failing the First Stage. Until then, only he and Kane Kosugi had a First Stage record of five consecutive clears in their first five tournaments.

All-Star?

Much confusion arose when announcer Hatsuta Keisuke said during his intro, "Will Nagasaki be the first All-Star to finish Stage One?" While Nagasaki has his own theme song, he is not considered one of the SASUKE All-Stars by TBS.

Absences

Shunsuke did not compete in SASUKE 20 due to his training for the 2008 Olympics (though he was seen training G4's American Ninja Challengers on the trampoline a couple of days before the competition). Before SASUKE 22, Nagasaki wrote on his blog that he wanted to compete (and even showed a picture of him practicing the Shin-Cliffhanger). However, he was not invited for unknown reasons.

Return to SASUKE

After a 9 tournament hiatus, it was announced that Nagasaki would eventually compete in SASUKE 29. Upon his comeback, although digested, he did well, clearing the First Stage with 11.8 seconds left. However, like many competitors that day, the Second Stage proved disastrous for Nagasaki. He was slowed down by the Unstable Bridge and the hardened Backstream, leaving him little time to clear the final obstacle, the Passing Wall, and he eventually timed out there.

He returned back again in SASUKE 30. His run was digested in the First Stage, but it was shown that he cleared once more. In the Second Stage, his run was digested again, and while it was shown that he struggled with the Wall Lifting, he eventually passed with just 2.7 seconds left on the clock. In the Third Stage, he made it past the first 3 obstacles easily, including the new Drum Hopper, however, fell on the Crazy Cliffhanger, failing the jump to the 4th ledge.

He returned in SASUKE 31. He took too much time on the Soritatsu Kabe and eventually timed out on the Lumberjack Climb. His run was all cut.

He competed in SASUKE 32, much stronger than before. He cleared the First Stage with little trouble, clearing the Soritatsu Kabe on his second attempt, and having to rush slightly to clear with 2.44 seconds remaining. His Second Stage run was digested but it was shown that he cleared with 5.19 seconds remaining. He cleared the Drum Hopper Kai with ease in the Third Stage, however, was one of 4 competitors that day to fail the Flying Bar, misplacing the bar on the second transition.

With a second Third Stage appearance in three tournaments under his belt, Nagasaki was given his highest ever number for SASUKE 33, of 98. He successfully completed the First Stage before achieving the same feat in the Second Stage, as he cleared with 2.40 seconds left. In the Third Stage, he made his way through the Drum Hopper Kai, but was unable to go any further, as he was eliminated by the Flying Bar for the second tournament in a row.

As of 2017, Nagasaki has completed the First Stage 9 times (5 consecutively), the Second Stage 7 times (4 consecutively), and the Third Stage once.

Results

SASUKE # Result Notes
14 67 Failed Wall Lifting (Second Stage) Time Out. 1st Wall.
15 65 Failed Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
16 89 Failed Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
17 87 Failed Tsuna Nobori (Final Stage) Time Out. About 18.3 meters up.
18 97 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger (Third Stage) Tried using his long arms to clear the gap without jumping.
19 97 Failed Flying Chute (First Stage) First time failing the First Stage.
29 93 Failed Passing Wall (Second Stage) Time Out. 2nd Wall.
30 2986 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger (Third Stage) Failed Jump. (4th Ledge)
31 88 Failed Lumberjack Climb (First Stage) All Cut. Time Out. Run shown in his SASUKE 32 introduction.
32 87 Failed Flying Bar (Third Stage) Second jump.
33 98 Failed Flying Bar (Third Stage)

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