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Old 07-17-14, 03:53 PM   #51
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I've never watched this show or even knew what it was about, but a friend posted the Kacy video and I was transfixed. I'm sure I'd be even more impressed if I'd had more context of seeing other people fail.
Kacy knows most of the obstacles inside and out, her boyfriend was basically a professional obstacle athlete and has extensive experience training on them. She makes it look very smooth but most people are awkward on them the first few go-arounds.
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Old 07-17-14, 04:31 PM   #52
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Considering that Kacy clip got so much coverage, I'm curious to see what kind of ratings ANW gets next week.
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Old 07-22-14, 06:29 AM   #53
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Pretty good show last night with a bunch of guys making it. Did anyone else think this course seemed longer than last weeks?

After the second Wilczewski brother finished he threw his coat or shirt off and I thought he had fallen from the top.
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For those that missed it or want to watch Kacy again:

amazing!! and so damn cute!!!
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Old 07-22-14, 02:54 PM   #55
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

At least Travis Rosen qualified for Vegas, though he failed sooner than usual. Elet Hall had an electrifying run.
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Old 07-22-14, 03:06 PM   #56
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amazing!! and so damn cute!!!
She's awesome and I take nothing away from her accomplishments on the course but if she was an ugly chick she wouldn't be getting half the attention that she is.

Oh and look at that thigh gap!
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Old 07-22-14, 04:50 PM   #57
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

Never watched this show, but Kacy's run was inspiring.

What is the show like? Do they always do the same obstacle course?
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Old 07-22-14, 07:48 PM   #58
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Never watched this show, but Kacy's run was inspiring.

What is the show like? Do they always do the same obstacle course?
The course varies over time and location, this season each course has had one obstacle completely new to all competitors. The majority of obstacles have been around for years and some dedicated athletes have built versions of them to practice on at home. The Warped Wall has always been the final obstacle of the first stage as an example.
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Old 07-29-14, 12:37 AM   #59
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The last two courses have been watered down, by the way. People were blowing through Miami's course and had 42! finishers.
Someone on the staff must have read my complaint, they totally tweaked the Miami course for tonight's second stage and made it possibly the toughest one of the season. Almost every obstacle was made more difficult and many were failing to pass more than a handful of obstacles.

A big surprise...

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Drew Dreschel lost almost immediately on the second obstacle trying to beat the course in some impossible time, which NBC hyped for the entire two hours. He would have cleared the course at a normal pace.
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Old 07-29-14, 09:46 AM   #60
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

As he started his run I said to my son that if he goes to fast he's going to make a mistake and right then he fell. So 3 of the biggest names in the competition, Drew, Flip, and Brent, are out.

Good to see Brett Sims back after a couple of years away. He went to Japan a while back but fell on the Spider Jump, I think it was the first year they introduced the Spider Jump to the competition.

What happened to Brian Orosco? He was the first guy I ever saw profiled as a Parkour specialist years ago and now he can't seem to get past the first round.
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Old 07-29-14, 03:14 PM   #61
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Orosco was a freerunner that always had problems with the obstacles requiring upper body strength. I think he fell on the salmon ladder a couple of times. He really hasn't been a serious contender in the past three years. He was great though at clearing the first stage.

Brent Steffensen looked out of shape for someone with his experience and ability. He wasn't blowing through the course like the others, his arms simply gave out on the devil steps. Probably the most shocking thing of the season considering he's one of only two Americans to ever pass the cliffhanger.
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Old 07-30-14, 03:07 PM   #62
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So 3 of the biggest names in the competition, Drew, Flip, and Brent, are out.
They'll probably all be back as "wild cards", a practice I have mixed feelings about. On one hand, it adds more experienced players to the finals. But it also sort of undermines the whole point of the qualifying rounds.
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Old 07-30-14, 03:22 PM   #63
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What the show should do is have a run-off contest between a handful of the top people that didn't qualify. Make it a contest by pitting the failed stars against each other where only one will advance to Nationals.
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I like that idea. Sort of a 'Last Chance Gauntlet'.
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Old 07-30-14, 04:40 PM   #65
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

I'm surprised Levi Meeuwenberg hasn't competed since he fell on the first obstacle in American Ninja Warrior 4. He's just 28 and he was once the top American before the show started airing on NBC.
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Old 07-30-14, 09:37 PM   #66
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I'm surprised Levi Meeuwenberg hasn't competed since he fell on the first obstacle in American Ninja Warrior 4. He's just 28 and he was once the top American before the show started airing on NBC.
I think he became a top-paid stuntman. The best athlete I ever saw compete on American Ninja Warrior, he was more cat than man. He did suffer an incredibly nasty ankle break during a parkour stunt.
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Old 07-31-14, 12:27 AM   #67
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I think he became a top-paid stuntman. The best athlete I ever saw compete on American Ninja Warrior, he was more cat than man. He did suffer an incredibly nasty ankle break during a parkour stunt.
I looked him up on imdb and the last movie he did stunts for was The Bourne Legacy in 2012. It also looks like he's a farmer now realeyeshomestead.com That's his farm's website. Anyways, I would love to see him take on the course again.
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Old 08-05-14, 03:35 AM   #68
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

Just watching my recording of tonight's Denver finals and holy cow, the 52 year old Jon Stewart! What an unbelievable run that was. Incredible. When moments like this happen on the show it just makes it so edge of your seat thrilling. Now to finish the ep.
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I looked him up on imdb and the last movie he did stunts for was The Bourne Legacy in 2012. It also looks like he's a farmer now realeyeshomestead.com That's his farm's website. Anyways, I would love to see him take on the course again.
He did all the parkour for Captain America in Avengers as well.
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Just watching my recording of tonight's Denver finals and holy cow, the 52 year old Jon Stewart! What an unbelievable run that was. Incredible. When moments like this happen on the show it just makes it so edge of your seat thrilling. Now to finish the ep.
That was an amazing moment, considering how tough they made the Denver finals with that door knob obstacle. It looked like a poorly designed challenge to me, the bigger competitors had no room to even land on the platform from the door knobs. You have to love NBC, completely skipping the second-fastest run of the night in top ANW veteran Paul Kasemir.

I realized tonight the competitors were hamming it up for the crowd so their run would get aired on NBC. Unless you are a woman or have some terrible tragedy in your background, good luck getting your entire run aired.
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Old 08-05-14, 02:09 PM   #71
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You have to love NBC, completely skipping the second-fastest run of the night in top ANW veteran Paul Kasemir.

Unless you are a woman or have some terrible tragedy in your background, good luck getting your entire run aired.
Even more ironic considering how much they milked the story of his dead girlfriend a few seasons ago.
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Even more ironic considering how much they milked the story of his dead girlfriend a few seasons ago.
I had completely forgotten that background but it is ironic. NBC milked it when she passed away, right before the contest.
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Old 08-19-14, 10:49 PM   #73
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Round one of the National Finals on Monday were American Ninja Warrior's highest ever ratings, at over six million viewers.

Nothing too shocking happened, though I wish another network would set up an obstacle course competition and poach the best talent from ANW.
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Old 08-20-14, 03:50 PM   #74
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Shocked James McGrath didn't make it.
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Old 08-20-14, 03:59 PM   #75
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Re: American Ninja Warrior (2014)

It's still a fun show, but by the 1 hour mark I start ff'ing through the first minute or so of each run because it gets both very repetitive and you know no one in the second half of the show goes down that early.
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