In qualifying, Rick was viewed with some skepticism, as he was 37, much older than the average competitor, something host Blair Herter even remarked about. However, he proved the skeptics wrong. Despite an early slow pace on the first four obstacles, he managed to make up time greatly on the Pipe Slider, as he employed a new technique of jumping with the bar as it slid, allowing for greater forward momentum. He then flew up the Warped Wall in one try to hit the buzzer at 58.1 seconds.
In the tournament, he performed well. He made it through the first few obstacles in decent time. However, he slowed down on the Spider Walk portion of the Jumping Spider because his shoes had trouble sticking to the walls. He made it to the Soritatsu Kabe but after several failed attempts, he finally cleared with 20 seconds left. He made it to the Slider Jump with ten seconds left and timed out on top of the net.
|23||Failed Slider Jump (First Stage)||Middle Cut. Time Out|