Jessica Clayton on staying strong no matter what obstacle you’re handed

The mom of three has faced challenges on and off the course. “All of this has not been in vain.” That’s one of the powerful statements Jessica Clayton made in her application video for season 10 of American Ninja Warrior. The single mom of three kids is a member of the Army National Guard and, as we learned over the season, had been living in the car with her family. What was most important to Jessica was showing her kids strength and perseverance. She’s done that both in life and on the Ninja Warrior course. Her first season on the […]

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Poll: Should the National Finals change location each season?

What if the final stages moved around, just like the Qualifying cities? Ever since season four of American Ninja Warrior, the National Finals have taken place in Las Vegas. It’s such an ingrained part of the show that saying someone made it to Vegas is synonymous with saying they made it to the National Finals. Fans are familiar with the backdrop of the Vegas lights providing the ambiance for the looming Stage Four climb. But what if it wasn’t that way? We love watching American Ninja Warrior fans have thoughtful discussions about the show, so we like to throw you […]

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American Ninja Warrior Junior: Results of episode five

A new record time was set on the course. The athletes on American Ninja Warrior Junior have all been so impressive this season. But on the fifth episode, the 13-14 year olds delivered some performances that could give the adult Ninjas a run for their money. We saw finishes that came in under 30 seconds, the fastest times so far. The competitors who moved on to the semi finals are going to be very hard to beat. We’ve included the results of the episode below. 9-10 year olds Coach: Barclay Stockett Course: Sonic Swing Tic Toc I-Beam Floating Tiles Spin […]

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Ninjas shared childhood pics for #ThrowbackThursday

These little kids grew into Ninja Warriors! #ThrowbackThursday delivered some gems this week! A handful of American Ninja Warriors felt inspired to dig out photos from their childhood and they are precious. Look at these little faces. The bangs! The cheeks! Little Allyssa Beird looks all dainty, but she grows up into an obstacle killer. View this post on Instagram #tbt 1995. Let’s be real: I’d look exactly like this if I tried putting on makeup today, tbh. #makeup #amidoingitright #littleme #throwbackthursday #throwback #90skid A post shared by Allyssa Beird (@allyssabeird) on Nov 8, 2018 at 6:16pm PST She showed […]

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American Ninja Warrior’s daughter makes her course debut

Jimmy Choi is not the only Ninja in the family. Jimmy Choi has wowed American Ninja Warrior fans in his two seasons on the show. In season nine, we met Jimmy on the Kansas City course where we learned about his Parkinson’s diagnosis. When he returned for season 10, we learned more about the incredible work Jimmy does fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. While Jimmy is an inspiration to so many, he has a very special inspiration in his own life. His daughter, Karina, is actually the one who got him to start Ninja training and kept him […]

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Everything you ever wanted to know to help you get on American Ninja Warrior

Casting Directer Angelou Deign tells you exactly how to make the perfect application video. Angelou Deign is a familiar face around the set of American Ninja Warrior. She probably knows every single competing Ninja by name, and probably a bunch of other details about them. As the Casting Director for the show and the president of A. Deign and Co., Angelou leads the charge in bringing the audience the most inspiring and talented Ninjas she and her team can find. This isn’t her first rodeo. She has cast for “The Weakest Link,” “The Singing Bee,” and, “Spartan Race.” She’s been […]

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American Ninja Warriors made a strong showing in Australian competition

They flew thousands of miles to take part in the Ninja Challenge League Finals. Nothing can keep a Ninja away from a competition. Not even a measly few thousand miles. Several American Ninja Warrior competitors flew all the way to Australia to take part in the Ninja Challenge League Finals. The Challenge featured Ninjas from all over the planet, including six from the US. The winners received cash prizes and qualified for the Ninja League World Championship, which will take place in February at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. You can read the full results here: View this post […]

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Casting is open for season 11 of American Ninja Warrior

Get your application in as soon as you can! Is 2019 the year you become a Ninja Warrior? If you said yes, get ready because casting is now open for season 11 of American Ninja Warrior! You have until January 2, 2019 to apply. You can start your application here. View this post on Instagram Season 11 is coming… are you ready to be a @ninjawarrior??? A post shared by Matt Iseman (@mattiseman) on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:58pm PST Everyone has to submit an application to be considered for the show, which means thousands of submissions are about to […]

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What’s it like to be a Ninja Warrior for a decade?

10-time competitors Brian Kretsch and David Campbell take a look back at the experience. When American Ninja Warrior began filming in Los Angeles for its tenth year, it felt like a pretty big deal to the viewers, but it was an even bigger deal for a small group of Ninjas. Ryan Stratis, Lorin Ball, Brian Kretsch, and David Campbell have participated in every single season of the show. Both Brian and David have frequently had the Los Angeles location as their home base for Qualifiers and City Finals. David is often referred to as the “Godfather.” In those ten years, […]

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How a flight with Selena Laniel calmed my flying nerves

Looking back on special memories from traveling with the show. Undoubtedly, one of the biggest perks of being the editor of American Ninja Warrior Nation is traveling with the show each season. From exploring new locations, working alongside an incredible crew, and watching those jaw-dropping runs in person, it’s always a memory-making experience. Since we’re all slogging through the “off-season” together, I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Ninja Warrior travel memories that aren’t related to the shows. Times that I’ve had a conversation or experience with a Ninja Warrior that showed me something about them, but had […]

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