Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

My American Ninja Warrior 5 Submission Video

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

With us in “quiet time” before the airing of American Ninja Warrior 5 this summer, which starts in just a few weeks, I’m hamstrung in terms of what I can write about under the non-disclosure agreement. So I’m just going to put my submission video for ANW5 up again.

They specifically told us to “tell our story” and not just show action scenes, so that’s the reason why this might seem a bit verbose. I’ve tried to still show some good action clips to demonstrate that I still have some real obstacle course chops despite my advancing age 😉

My Run in the Midwest Regional Finals on NBC – American Ninja Warrior 4

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I finally got permission to publish my run and competitor profile that aired this summer on NBC in the Regional Finals of American Ninja Warrior 4. For those of you who missed it, I was the oldest competitor in the Midwest Region to advance to the Regional Finals where I got a nice feature piece of my run shown. As you can see, I just missed making it up the Warped Wall and probably progressing onto the National Finals in Las Vegas by an inch or two, and got called a ‘big old fatty’ a bunch of times by the commentators while doing it!

Halloween Ninja Warrior

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Check out this funny and fun Halloween Ninja Warrior video put together by super-ninjas David Campbell and Brian Kretsch last year on the famous Death Sasuke course (RIP). Definitely stay with the video until the blooper section!

My Runs – ANW4 Regionals and Regional Finals

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

For those of you interested in seeing my runs, here are the links to the videos of my run in the Midwest regional opening round and then the Midwest regional finals in this year’s American Ninja Warrior. I was lucky enough that they showed both my runs when the shows aired (regional round on G4, regional finals on NBC).

Right-click on link, and hit SAVE LINK AS to download the MPEG4 to your computer. After download, click on it to run it!

Matt Laessig – ANW4 Midwest Regionals on G4 where I was a walkon competitor.

Matt Laessig – ANW4 Midwest Regional Finals on NBC where I was the oldest competitor to have advanced to that stage.

American Ninja Warrior Competitor – Chris Okruhlik

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Chris Okruhlik, or more commonly known as Chris O, does a great interview for us talking about his experiences training for and competing in the world’s toughest obstacle course competition. Chris O competed in ANW2 and this season’s ANW4 in the South-Central region which airs this Sunday and Monday. He was shown in American Ninja Warrior 2 running in his trademark sleeveless tuxedo shirt, and will hopefully be shown in this season’s South-Central episodes.

Chris has a ton of heart, and is known in the competitor community for his enthusiasm and the strong support he gives his ninja brethren. I can attest to this personally…when I was battling for a spot in this season’s American Ninja Warrior I know Chris was working behind-the-scenes as a guaranteed invite to highlight that they needed to let me run!

So enjoy his story, and remember to root Chris O on every time he steps on the course!