American Ninja Warrior NBC’s obstacle course competition airs tonight with a new episode called “Denver Finals.” On tonight’s show the top 30 contenders from the Denver Qualifier compete in the Denver Finals course, which includes obstacles such as the Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, Doorknob Arch and Spider Climb.
On the last episode, “American Ninja Warrior” traveled back to Miami, Florida where the top 30 competitors from the Miami Qualifier tackled the Miami Finals course. They faced the Salmon Ladder, Mine Field, Floating Stairs and Spider Climb. The Miami competitors vied for a chance to compete in the Las Vegas finals, to win a cash prize of $500,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila hosts as Jenn Brown co-hosts. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we recapped it all right here for you.
On tonight’s episode “American Ninja Warrior” travels back to Denver, Colorado where the top 30 competitors from the Denver Qualifier tackle the Denver Finals course. They will face Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, Doorknob Arch and Spider Climb. The Denver competitors will vie for a chance to compete in the Las Vegas finals, to win a cash prize of $500,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila hosts as Jenn Brown co-hosts.
Tonight’s episode looks like it is going to be great and you won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in for our coverage of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, “Denver Finals” at 9:00 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about the show so far.
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Tonight on American Ninja Warriors it’s the Denver finals where the top 30 competitors from the Denver qualifier face the Denver finals course for a chance to compete in the national championship in Las Vegas.
Tonight’s competition is the last of the city finals before the ultimate challenge in Las Vegas. There’s only 15 spots available for Las Vegas but the athletes must face 10 obstacles which include 1 that they’ve never seen before. Austin Lutz kicks the competition off giving the crowd 2 thumbs up. He jumps right into the obstacle course and has a really strong start. He makes it to the double steps where he loses some momentum and strength. Once he makes it to the top of the steps his arms give out and he drops to the water below. Ronnie Shalvis Jr. a 23 year old videographer attempts to take on the obstacle course next. He has a fall on the spinning log but recovers and moves forward only to fall on his way to the cargo net. The next competitor is David Schwartz who is used to taking risk as a bee keeper. He preps for the spinning log, which gave him trouble in the qualifier, and falls as soon as he hits the log.
Next 22 year old preacher Kyle Sinacori, Alex M. and Yancey Q. all attempt the obstacle course and strike out early in the game. 34 year old data research scientist Mathew Wilder takes on the course next and gets some motivation from his 2 year old son who also wants to be an American Ninja. Mathew hopes his climbing skills will help him but he has a little trouble at the cargo net. He makes it past the net but has used a lot of energy. He makes it past the next couple obstacles with ease but has trouble on the rings and tries to make an early dismount. He just barely makes the dismount and the crowd goes wild. He takes on the door knobs which takes all the energy he has and he falls to the water below when his arms give out.
24 year old rescue swimmer Robin Peachman is up next. He talks about his love of skydiving and how he proposed to his fiancé as trey jumped out of a plane. He jumps right into the obstacle course as his fiancé cheers him on from the sidelines. He moves smoothly through the first half of the course and makes it past the spikes and the cargo net which took out a few competitors before him. He make sit to the salmon ladder which gave him trouble the year before. He moves past to the arm rings and uses his momentum to move on to the door know arch. He goes in with a good rhythm but his arms give out once he makes it halfway through.
Next Josh Newhouse, Keith Peters and Justin Kidd all attempt the course and all fail to complete. Karson Voiles is the next competitor to try to complete the course as his wife cheers him on from the sidelines. He has some fun on the course by joking with commentators right before he attempts the salmon ladder. He moves past the ladder and the arm rings with speed. He moves onto the infamous doorknob arch which has taken out every competitor before him. He makes a good run but falls like the athletes before him.
Carl Fantauzzo Jr. who became a father at the tender age of 19 attempts the course next. He says being a dad has prepared him for every challenge he could ever face in life. He has a good start but falls out on the spikes. Phil Gavigan made it past the spikes but fell at the cargo net. Daniel Larson also got past the spikes but fell at the door knob arch. 52 year old Jon Stewart is the oldest competitor to attempt the course. This is his third year and he’s hoping to make it to nationals this year making him the oldest person to finish the finals course. He begins the course with determination and makes it to the warped wall which gave him trouble the year before. He makes 2 attempts and fails to make it up the wall but makes it up on the 3rd try. He moves to the back half of the course and has a some trouble on the arm rings where he goes for an early dismount which he makes. Next he must face the door knob arch that have taken out all competitors that have attempted it before him. He moves through fast and he is the first competitor to complete the door knob arch making him just 30 feet away from going to Las Vegas and from making history as the oldest competitor to complete this finals course. He makes it up the spider wall as the first to complete the Denver city finals and the crowd goes wild.
It’s the midway point and only 1 athlete has finished the course. The Cowboy Ninja Lance Pekus is the next competitor to take on the course and cites his new job as a dad as his motivation to make it to Vegas. He flies through the beginning of the course and the commentators are impressed that his hat manages to stay on. He takes it off as he gets to the spikes and the cargo net which he makes it past. His county strength helps him to complete the steps and the warped wall. He goes to the Salmon ladder and the arm rings where he gets tripped up and drops as he tries to make an early dismount.
Yen Chen which was a former child prodigy who studied piano since he was 5 year old. He says the sacrifices he made to master the piano made him the competitor he is today. He is attempting his 3rd season on American Ninja Warrior and hopes that practice makes perfect in this case. His agility and small stature help him to get through the beginning of the course. He calmly makes it through the steps and the warped wall. He completes the salmon ladder and moves to the arm rings which has given lots of competitor trouble. He moves past the rings and on to the infamous door knob arch. He makes it to the end of the arch where he slows down and falls when he decides to go for an early dismount causing his hands to slip.
Jared H., David Bortz and Joel Brady all attempted the course next but all failed to make it through the course. Ian Dory, a professional rock climber, takes on the obstacle course next. He is a modern day Walton living with 3 generations on one farm which he says helps him in life and really shapes who he is. He make sit through the first half of the course easily. He attempts the salmon ladder which he has never completed before. He makes it past the ladder and moves on to the arm rings which he moves through with brute force. He goes on to the 9th obstacle and the most challenging obstacle the door knob arch. If he makes it past he would be only the 2nd competitor of the night to complete this obstacle. He completes the arch and the crowd goes wild because she is only 30 feet away from securing his place at the nationals in Vegas. He makes it to the top of the spider wall and is the second competitor to complete the Denver Finals jumping to the top of the leader board with a faster time than Stewart.
Ninja veterans Paul Kasemir and Noah Kauffman also finished the course becoming the 3rd and 4th people to finish. But Dan E. wasn’t so lucky falling on the door knob arch. Next top veteran Isaac Caldiero, a professional rock climber, takes on the course. He soaks up the crowd support and moves through the course with agility and speed even pulling himself up the warped wall with one hand. He takes on the salmon ladder and the arm rings with ease and moves on to the door knob arch. He doesn’t waste any time and just jumps right in to the arch. He skips a few door know and finishes running right to the spider wall and climbs to victory with the fastest time of the night finishing in only 5 minutes and 48 seconds. He is on top of the leader board and on his way to the nationals in Vegas.
Only 3 women have made it to the top of the warped wall. Meagan Martin is one of those women and is the next competitor to try to make it to Las Vegas. The other two women competitors, which includes Kacy C. and Michele W., cheer her on from the sideline as she attempts the Denver finals course. Meagan hopes her gymnastics, pole vaulting and rock climbing training will help her complete the difficult course. She has a great start but falls as she goes from the trampoline to the spikes.
Next the reigning king of American Ninja Warrior, Brian Arnold, attempts the obstacle course. He has a lot at steak because he quit his job to compete in the competition and pursue the nationals full time. 20lbs lighter he goes ingot he competition with lots of energy and speed. He takes off his shirt right before attempting the spikes and the cargo net which he completes. He makes it past the door knob arch and completes the 30 foot spider wall securing his position at the nationals in Vegas.
The last runner of the night is veteran and break dancer, Lorin Ball, who has been to the Vegas nationals twice before. If he completes the course of gets further than the Cowboy Ninja, Lance Pekus, he will take the 15th spot to Vegas. The Cowboy Ninja sits on the sidelines and watches to see if he will keep his spot as Lorin attempts the obstacle. He jumps right in and moves swiftly through the first half of the course. He has some trouble on the salmon ladder when it gets uneven and he falls to the water below. He is out of the contest leaving Lance Pekus in 15th place.
The competition is over and the top 15 competitors of the night are heading to Vegas to compete in the nationals for a chance to win $500,000 and the chance to become the top American Ninja Warrior.