The Ring Swing is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Oklahoma City.
Competitors would have to grab a ring, swing it to a post halfway across the water, and hook it onto the post. Then, they must make a transition to the second ring, hop it over the post, and swing to the landing platform. The majority of competitors got through it, though some had to swing twice.
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 past two American Ninja Warrior seasons. Just like its name implied, this obstacle is a supersized version of the Ring Swing, in which:
- Competitors will 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 laché bar.
During USA vs. The World 3, the Giant Ring Swing eliminated 2 members of Team Latin America (Karl Fow and David Saikin).
The Giant Ring Swing returned on American Ninja Warrior 9, once again as the first obstacle in Stage Two. The obstacle is the same as the previous season, but competitors must swing the third ring until they reach to the landing platform instead of grabbing a laché bar. Only Michael Silenzi and Ryan Stratis fell on this obstacle.
The Ring Swing appeared as the second obstacle during the semi-finals on Ninja Warrior UK 3. However, the obstacle was proven to be an extremely easy obstacle, as only one competitor failed (that competitor was disqualified for stepping back to the starting platform).
Then, the obstacle appeared as the eighth obstacle in Stage One on Australian Ninja Warrior, which was a smaller version of the Giant Ring Swing.
- 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 fourth 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.