During Oklahoma City finals, the second ring's chain was modified, so it would only swing halfway to the landing platform, making the dismount a tougher element of the obstacle.The Ring Swing returned on American Ninja Warrior 9, as the second obstacle in Denver. However, the first ring was not hooked, and the gap between the starting platform to the obstacle and the obstacle to the landing platform were made larger, requiring competitors to swing farther.
Giant Ring Swing
A variant of the Ring Swing, named as the Giant Ring Swing, appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Two on American Ninja Warrior 8, replacing the Rope Jungle from the previous season. Just like its name implied, this obstacle is a supersized version of the Ring Swing, in which:
- Competitors would start 30 feet on an elevated platform and swing 15 feet to hook the first ring.
- Then, they must reach to the second ring, which has no chains and must be jumped to a third hook, which is five feet away.
- Then, they must grab the third ring, and unhook it to swing 15 feet and grab a lache bar.
- The second part of the Giant Ring Swing (the usage of the ring with no chains and the cradle) became the inspiration for the Sky Hooks, which would be used as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in San Antonio. The Sky Hooks itself was one of the obstacles that won the American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge.