American Ninja Warrior: Atlanta Qualifiers Recap
Wednesday night brought another electrifying city qualifying course to televisions across the country!
Ninjas this week were tested with two more new obstacles, Off The Hook and The Ferris Wheel.
There were a few other interesting items that took place as the new movie, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” was the theme of the night. There was a special warped wall set up that had dogs doing the obstacle.
There was also a $5,000 side bet being placed by Ninja competitor and World Series of Poker player, Tony Miles. If Miles completed the course, he would turn his $5,000 into $125,000. However, he was tripped up early by the spinning cubes on Block Run.
Let’s take a deeper look at how the night played out!
Another qualifier brought out more new obstacles as Off The Hook and The Ferris Wheel were debuted.
Off The Hook is a swinging obstacle that forces a Ninja to hang on to a ring as they swing. When they feel they can make it, they must lift the ring and remove it to make a jump to another swinging arm.
The Ferris Wheel is a very unique obstacle in the fact that it combines a lot of different uses of strategy. There are two wheels that are separated by a gap. A Ninja must start by grabbing one of the swinging “seats”. They then traverse to the top of the wheel, which is covered in these “seats”. Once reaching the top, the wheel rotates downward, forcing the Ninja to hang on through a body shaking stop. They must then transition to the second wheel and do it all again before dismounting.
This week, we had another two stories that really stood out.
The first is around Roo Yori. Yori works at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Yori is also known as the K-9 Ninja. He and his wife adopted a pit bull named Wallace that was going to be euthanized. Yori and Wallace developed an incredible bond together. They even competed in and won the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Championships in Freestyle Flying Disc. Wallace has since passed, but Yori still has his own shelter dogs that he has adopted and also dedicates a lot of time and effort into raising awareness for shelter dogs. As part of his efforts, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” gifted him $20,000 to help his charity, Wallace the Pit Bull LLC.
The second story involves one of the top competitors on the Ninja circuit. Travis Rosen was injured during the Las Vegas Finals last season. He hit the front of the landing pad on an obstacle and his leg seemed to crumple. Rosen broke his ankle in multiple places. Being in his 40’s, doctors were concerned that he would struggle to recover and may not be able to compete on ANW anymore. Rosen made an extremely fast recovery to be able to compete on this season.
- Tyler Gillett 1:07.68- (IG: tylercgillett)
- Drew Dreschel 1:08.32- (IG: reallifeninja)
- R.J. Roman 1:16.90- (IG: rjroams)
- Caleb Bergstrom 2:00.84- (IG: caleb_bergie
- Jody Freeman 2:12.99- (IG: climber_jody)
- Kevin Carbone 2:21.44- (IG: themakerninja)
- Travis Rosen 2:21.99- (IG: travrosen)
- Kenny Niemitalo 2:28.57- (IG: kennyniemitalo)
- Brett Sims 2:33.79- (IG: mr.brettsims)
- Jordan Hatton 2:37.05- (IG: mirthkeeper)
- Casey Suchocki 2:44.56- (IG: hcsuchocki)
- Josiah Singleton 2:55.36- (IG: josiah_singleton)
- Chris Howard 3:17.78- (IG: chris._howard)
- Ryan Stratis 3:21.23- (IG: ryan_strat)
- Roo Yori 3:27.91- (IG: rooyori)
- Chad Hohn 3:33.56- (IG: leveluptriad)
- Rochambeau Dolcine 3:50.88- (IG: rochambeaud)
- Jon Dilullo- Warped Wall
- Neil Craver- Mega Wall (IG: crazycraver)
- Eddy Stewart- Warped Wall (IG: eddystewart3)
- Jessica Clayton- Warped Wall (IG: ninjajesseclay)
- Travis Rust- Ferris Wheel
- Kirill Rebkovets- Ferris Wheel (IG: beastmode365workout)
- Ronald Washington- Ferris Wheel (IG: 300proof)
- Caleb Auer- Ferris Wheel (IG: ninja_caleb)
- Lucas Gomes- Ferris Wheel (IG: basicallylucas)
- Ben Wilson- Ferris Wheel
- Glenn Davis- Ferris Wheel
- Tyrone Poole- Ferris Wheel
- Devin Harrelson- Ferris Wheel (IG: devin_inkslingingninja)
Female Top 5
- Jessica Clayton- Warped Wall
- Alyssa Varsalona- Ferris Wheel
- Emily Durham- Bouncing Spider
- Caitlyn Bergstrom- Bouncing Spider
- Grace Sims- Bouncing Spider
Gillett and Dreschel faced off against each other to get the automatic pass to the National Finals. After they were neck-and-neck, Gillett tried to make too quick of a move and fell off of the obstacle. That cleared the way for Dreschel to take his time to claim the win.
Stay tuned next week for another look at the next ANW course!