Ninjas Making a Difference: Kyle Schulze

Photo by: Fernando Leon/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images This series will highlight a Ninja each week who is making a difference in their community. Kyle Schulze has competed in three seasons of American Ninja Warrior: 9, 10, and 11. In season 9, he failed to complete the City Finals, but he made it to Stage One of the National Finals in season 10 before failing on Archer Alley. In season 11, he made an early exit, failing on the Spinning Bridge. But if there’s one thing Kyle knows about, it’s perseverance. The Ninja was born deaf, […]

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In his rookie year, David Wright savored the moments in OKC and beyond

Brett Deering/NBC “My mindset is I just want to have fun.” — David Wright Looking back at the Oklahoma City Qualifiers, it was full of smiley personalities—Barclay Stockett, who likes to remind us to always have fun on the course; Daniel Gil, who is known to smile through entire courses; and Karsten Williams, who we can always count on for positivity through it all. Brett Deering/NBC And then, there was the fun-loving Da Cake Ninja, David Wright, who reminded us to savor the moment and appreciate the little things. David came into the season as a 19-year-old rookie from Texas […]

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Throwback Thursday: Watch Drew Drechsel’s first submission video for ANW

Photo by: David Becker/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Let’s go back to 2011. To say that Drew Drechsel put in the work to finally get to the top of Mount Midoriyama in season 11 is an understatement. While Drechsel had always been active in sports, he took a special interest in parkour and featured on the TV show Jump City: Seattle, a parkour competition in 2011. That led to this submission video and eventually, his American Ninja Warrior debut in season 3. While Drechshel came in the top 10 that season, a serious leg injury prevented […]

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Meet @the_art_of_ninjas – a Ninja of a different variety

Juan Carlos Espinosa American Ninja Warrior has inspired Juan Carlos to create incredible works of art. Has anybody met this Ninja yet? He’s not the type of Ninja we typically highlight at American Ninja Warrior Nation. You will not find him crushing obstacles on the course, but his mad art skills deem him an art ninja in our book! His name is Juan Carlos Espinosa, and we think you will love his Ninja artwork. Capturing their muscles, their personalities, and their moments, Juan Carlos has created stunning artwork showcasing many of American Ninja Warrior’s most popular Ninjas. We first noticed […]

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Philip Scott on how he got started, who he looks up to, and preparing for season 12

David Becker/NBC Philip Scott became an immediate favorite in his rookie season. Philip Scott became an immediate fan favorite this year in his rookie season. He made it through the Cincinnati Qualifiers to the Cincinnati City Finals and though he failed on the Spinball Wizard, it was good enough for 9th place and a spot in the Las Vegas National Finals! But he almost didn’t compete in the Cincinnati City Finals. After the fact, Philip told ANWN that he had “multiple panic attacks the day before my City Finals run. I called up the producers saying, ‘I can’t run. This […]

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Watch Sandy Zimmerman make history in season 11 as the first mom to hit a buzzer

Photo by: Matthew Hayward/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Season 11 was Sandy Zimmerman’s third time on American Ninja Warrior. In seasons 8 and 9, she hadn’t made it past the second obstacle. Zimmerman was injured for season 10, but was hopeful about this year. “So this is my first season back where I’m healthy and it feels amazing to have everything working,” she told ANWN after her historic run. And everything was working, quite well in fact, for Zimmerman this season. She took her time at the Seattle/Tacoma City Qualifiers and her hard work paid off. […]

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Ninjas come together to launch UNX NOW, a sports network and competition series

Photo Courtesy of UNX UNX is a new over-the-top (OTT) channel, streaming a competition series and other content like interviews, training tips, and nutrition advice year-round. Last week, UNX announced that they’ve launched UNX NOW, a streaming network specifically for professional Ninja competitions, exclusive in-depth interviews, and training and nutrition tips. UNX CEO and owner of several Ultimate Ninjas gyms, Jeff Piejak, partnered with Ninja athletes Ethan Swanson and Chris Digangi back in May of 2017. On a recent phone call, Swanson told American Ninja Warrior Nation that “we wanted to create something to allow athletes to compete even more […]

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Jamie Rahn has a Ninja challenge for you…

William Gray Stick It or Lick It! Ninjas tend to be a fun, adventurous, and brave bunch. And Jamie Rahn’s long-standing “Stick It or Lick It” challenge is proving that these Ninja adjectives are right on point. If we had any doubt that these people who spend multiple hours a week (or a day!) climbing, leaping, swinging, and flying through the air were full of fun, adventure, and bravery, this challenge removes any question. Jamie first introduced this challenge on Instagram in May 2018. Take a look. View this post on Instagram #TrainingTipTuesday !! Not for the Squeamish ! stick […]

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Ninjas Making a Difference: Maggi Thorne

Photo by: Eddy Chen/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images This series will highlight a Ninja each week who is making a difference in their community. We first saw Maggi Thorne on ANW season 6, where she failed on the Quintuple Steps in the Qualifiers. She was back in season 8 and her run was cut, but in season 9 Maggi came back and made it all the way to Stage One. She became a well-known name in the Ninja community, going out early in season 10 and then having an amazing run this year in the Oklahoma […]

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Producer of The Ellen Show tries ANW obstacle

Screenshot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KVuznKze5M See how he does on the Diving Boards. As you may have heard, Drew Drechsel made an appearance on The Ellen Show to talk about his win and collect his $1 million check. But what you may have missed was her producer trying his luck at the Diving Boards, a balance obstacle that was introduced in Oklahoma City this season. See how a regular, non-Ninja did with a little advice from the Champion: Apparently, everyone who tries ANW obstacles on the show gets injured: Kinda makes you appreciate how easy the athletes make these obstacles look, huh? […]

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