First American Ninja Warrior Crowned


There is an American Ninja Warrior course set up for anyone to try and test their strength. People train for years to participate in the televised event; most competitors begin in small gym courses practicing the same type of obstacles on the real course.

Julie Day, Staff Writer

American ninja warrior is a fitness based obstacle course that originated in Japan. The American adaptation is less rigorous than that of its Japanese brother, but still challenges anyone who can make it past the qualifying round.

American Ninja Warrior has several stages: city qualifying, city finals, and national finals (Las Vegas finals). Every obstacle calls for various physical components such as rock climbing and weight training; although track and swim benefit the competitor providing stamina training.

The national finals is composed of four different sub-stages, all focused on different strengths, named Mount Midoriyama. Few have had what it takes to make it past the second sub-stage, but even fewer actually complete the third.

The hardest part of this televised sporting event is completing the third sub-stage and making it to the fourth. This year, in the show’s seventh season, two competitors made it past the third stage and faced the final.

Competitors Geoff Britten and Issac Caldiero were face to face with the final stage of Mount Midoriyama early this September. They were both in the running to be crowned the first American Ninja Warrior, but only one could walk away with that title; only the first person to summit Mount Midoriyama can claim the title. The other prize is 1,000,000 dollars, which is awarded to the competitor with the fastest time.

This final stage is a 75 foot rope climb to victory; the competitor must climb the rope and hit the buzzer, in under 30 seconds. Because of a faster overall course time, Britten went first. With .35 of a second left, Britten hit the buzzer, making Geoff Britten the very first American Ninja Warrior. Caldiero then made his climb and had a quicker time than Britten, thus landing him the 1,000,000 prize and the joy in knowing he is the fastest American Ninja Warrior to date.

Both competitors have made history: Britten as the first American Ninja Warrior, whilst Caldiero as the fastest. Their victories have inspired all the other competitors to train harder for season 8.