Archive for the ‘American Ninja Warrior 3’ Category

Attack of the Show ANW3 Preview

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Here’s a good segment that aired on Attack of the Show about American Ninja Warrior 3 that starts airing this Sunday. Particularly note the interview with Tre Sussy Vaughn, the fastest competitor in the opening round of American Ninja Warrior 2, as he talks about the slippery-ass quadruple steps and then they show the clip of him falling on it. His experience mirrors my own which you can read about in my “Death by Wetuple Steps” entry. I was surprised that they featured this “uneven” obstacle from the competitive standpoint, I thought they’d pretend the steps were so tough that great competitors like Tre (who is in a totally different league from me) would fall on it. Tune in to ANW3 to see a few other top guys fall in the same place, as well as other competitors dial in some amazing performances.

ANW3 Finale to Air on NBC on August 22

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

NBC announced it will air the season finale of American Ninja Warrior 3 on Aug 22nd in primetime. Sort of curious since I don’t think the ten American finalists from ANW3 have even competed in Sasuke yet!  I doubt that NBC would publicly slot it in there if they weren’t confident that the next Sasuke would be filmed and produced prior to that date.  But then again, what the hell do I know?

Anyway, G4 starts their airing of the series on July 31st, so set your DVRs.  Or in the case of those on DirectTV, ask your friends to set their DVRs so you can go over to their houses and watch it.  I think this is good news for the prospect of American Ninja Warrior 4 happening in 2011…if NBC likes the numbers of the season finale, it may push for ANW4 to happen sooner rather than later, and they’ll have plenty of time to coordinate a fall (Oct or Nov) ANW4 to happen in order to make the next Sasuke that will probably happen in the beginning of 2012.  All this would mean that ANW4 would air sometime in late winter or early spring.

American Ninja Warrior 3 to Air in July

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

G4 just announced that American Ninja Warrior 3 will air in July.  I’m excited to watch the ten Americans make their assault on Mt. Midoriyama, I think there are some incredibly determined, strong, and skilled competitors in that group who have a real chance of being the first American to summit the world’s hardest obstacle course. I’ll be rooting for them hard, particularly for a couple of guys I’m buddies with, and hoping one of them can take down that prize of glory and a $500k endorsement deal with K-Swiss. Remember that the “finale” of American Ninja Warrior 3, meaning when the 10 Americans compete in Japan, will be shown on NBC (and not G4 where all the previous episodes will have been shown).

Death by Wetuple Steps

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

One of the first things I noticed when I arrived in Venice Beach and walked around the American Ninja Warrior 3 obstacle course was that the Quadruple Steps had much steeper steps, and the distance/spacing of the steps had been changed to create a bigger jump between the second and third steps.  I wondered to Ron whether it was going to make it harder this year for some competitors.  Personally I wasn’t worried, I’d blasted through the Quad Steps easily in ANW2, I felt I could do the same here even if they made it a bit tougher.

So Ron and I anxiously awaited the Day 1 morning runners (we were scheduled to run on the morning of Day 2), and sat in the stands rooting people on and studying their attempts.  In that morning session, I think only 2 people out of probably 40 runners fell on the new Quad Steps, and we even talked at lunch about how the Quad Steps were too easy if 95% of the early runners could get past it. I felt pretty good about my chances of finishing the course, they had removed the Spider Wall which had been my nemesis in American Ninja Warrior 2, and the only thing that I believe stopped me from finishing last year. It was inexplicably gone, to my enormous relief, and watching the runners on that sunny Monday morning made me feel that I had a great shot at finishing the course and standing on top of the Warped Wall in victory.

Then in the afternoon I received my first clue that things might go otherwise.  A 400lb sumo wrestler, some guy that is North American champ I believe, did a run.  And when he fell, he created a massive water displacement effect that splashed and wet the bottom part of the four quad steps.  Suddenly after that all sorts of people began to fall on the Quad Steps, and each time they did they further wet the steps with their splashings.  People I thought would have no problem getting through the steps, semifinalist caliber runners, guys who had gone to Japan, were suddenly eating it on the Quad Steps, and you could feel panic go through the competitors who were starting to realize that the rug that covers the Quad Steps does an impression of black ice when wet.  When I started to see runners who I know are better than me fall was when I started to worry in earnest.

Ron and I finished the day suddenly nervous about running on the wet Quad Steps, and the forecast of rain for that night and the following morning when we were scheduled to run had us sweating in our Five Fingers.  Of course, it rained all night and the following morning, and we stood in the cold rain for four hours before we were given our shot to run on a totally wet obstacle course.  It was a killing field on the soaking wet Quad Steps.  Maybe 1 in 5 guys were still able to get past the obstacle, and my hats off to these ninja studs, but a good 80% of the runners in the Day 2 morning opening group fell on the “Wet-Uple Steps”, including my sorry ass.  Including my buddy Ron who fell right after me (and the three guys who fell right in a row before me, and the three other guys who fell in a row after Ron).  It was a big fat bummer for a lot of people. A lot of dreams died in quick wet succession.

But, hey, this is a TV show and “the show must go on” even if it is sleeting or snowing, as the competitors in Ninja Warrior Japan have routinely faced, so I am hardly the only competitor who has suffered at the random whim of Mother Nature.  Plus, Ninjas aren’t allowed to complain about weather.  I just hope they let me run again in ANW4…gotta start training!

P.S. Mad props to Jaggard227 over at the G4 boards for minting the term “Wetuple Steps” (oops…Jaggard227 just informed me that the minting credit should go to RiderRingeru on the boards!)

Off to See the Wizard – ANW3

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Who knew he lived in Venice Beach and came in the form of an obstacle course competition?

Leaving right now for the competition.  I’ll have all day on Monday to chill and watch friends and other competitors have their crack at the course, and then Tuesday morning I’ll queue up myself and give it my best.  Just trying to surf the waves of adrenaline that keep coursing through me!

I’ve gotten intel about the course composition.  Their are a few changes from last year, most notably THERE IS NOT SPIDER WALL!  This is what I fell on last year and what I honestly believe prevented me from finishing the course.  I’m glad it isn’t there this year, but I was also looking forward to my shot at redemption.  Something tells me though that the Spider Wall and me aren’t done yet.

Some interesting new obstacles though, and I appreciate their efforts to change the course around a bit while still keeping some of the great elements from last year (and traditional elements).  Here’s the course for the opening round:

#1 – Quadruple Steps (same as last year)

#2 – Log Grip (replaces Rope Swing)

#3 – Bridge of Blades (same as last year)

#4 – Jump Hang to Cargo Net (replaces Spider Wall)

#5 – Horizontal Jumping Bars (modified from last year that were on decline…this year should be harder with the bars flat, and potentially more space between them)

#6 – Warped Wall (same as last year)