American Ninja Warrior: L.A. Qualifier Recap
The first city qualifier episode is in the books for the 11th season of American Ninja Warrior.
As always, there was a lot of excitement and a lot of inspirational stories from the competitors.
There was also some new items and rules that came into play in this first qualifier.
Let’s talk about a little bit of each!
Last season, the Mega Wall was first introduced. It is an 18 foot wall,which is an upgrade from the regular 14 foot 6-inch wall. A Ninja was able to take one attempt at the Mega Wall for a chance at $10,000. If they failed, they still had two attempts to scale the smaller wall.
This season, if a Ninja chooses to go for the Mega Wall, they have to take all three of their attempts on it. Their money they can win just gets cut in half with each missed attempt.
Another new part of this season is the Speed Pass which can be won by winning the final showdown on the Power Tower.
At the end of each qualifier, the two fastest Ninjas compete against each other in a head-to-head race on a 40 foot tower. Whoever wins, is guaranteed a spot in the National Finals.
A new ANW season always means new obstacles.
Ninjas were faced with a new first obstacle called “Shrinking Steps”. Ninjas have to run across five steps. Each of which, gradually get smaller. They then have to jump to a rope and swing across to a platform without touching the water.
The next new obstacle is called “Walk The Plank”. This requires Ninjas to climb up a slanted platform that will dip down once they get far enough up it. They then have to jump to bar and get safely to the next platform.
The final new obstacle that the Ninjas faced is called “Spring Forward”. These are alternating poles that are fastened to springs. As Ninjas swing back and forth, they must jump to the next pole. With each grab and swing, the pole shifts in many different directions.
There were three stories that really stood out from the Los Angeles City Qualifier.
The first story comes from a rookie, David Alvarez.
Alvarez spent time as a kid in foster care and was separated from his younger sister Wallyssa. Alvarez spoke of the last memory of his sister and that the only item he has from her is her pacifier. Alvarez is hoping that he can find his sister to reconnect with her.
Another inspirational story is about another rookie, Brian Burk, AKA The Burkinator.
Brian Burk is on the autism spectrum. His story serves as an inspiration to not only other people on the spectrum, but also their families. Burk is also going to school for engineering.
The last story that tugs at your emotions is about Cheyenne Arrington.
Cheyenne is from the tiny town of Paradise, California. Her town was completely destroyed in the California Wildfires last year. She is using her run on ANW to bring some hope and excitement to her rebuilding community.
Each qualifier has 30 Ninjas who move onto the City Finals. The results for the L.A. Qualifier are as follows:
1. Hunter Guerard- 1:34.03 (IG: @thelizard)
2. David Campbell- 1:35.99 (IG: @ninjagodfather)
3. Kevin Bull- 1:37.26 (IG: @kevin_the_bull)
4. Danell Leyva- 2:23.69 (IG: @danelljleyva)
5. Davyon Hancox- 2:28.93
6. Scott Willson- 2:41.25
7. David Alvarez- 2:59.71 (IG: @mrsuccessfu1)
8. Arnold Hernandez- 3:44.54 (IG: @arnold_h18)
9. Brian Burk- 3:58.38
10. Brian Kretsch- 4:17.67 (IG: @thebriankretsch)
11. Jonah Bonner- 4:34.93 (IG: @jonahbonner)
12. Kyle Soderman- Mega Wall (IG: @minnesoderman)
13. Flip Rodriguez- Mega Wall (IG: @youngflip7)
14.Ruben Arellano- Warped Wall
15. Hunter Swan- Mega Wall
16. Corey McCoy- Warped Wall
17. Adam Rayl- Spin Hopper (IG: @adamrayl)
18. Seth Rogers- Spin Hopper
19. Ben Udy- Spin Hopper
20. Westley Silvestri- Spin Hopper
21. Noah Garfield- Spin Hopper
22. Austin Seibert- Spin Hopper
23. Samantha Bush- Spin Hopper
24. Kevin Fisch- Diamond Dash
25. Rebekah Bonilla- Diamond Dash
26. Verdale Benson- Diamond Dash
27. Lee Cates- Spring Forward
28. Thomas Kofron- Spring Forward
29. Anthony Trucks- Spring Forward
30. Steven Barbarito- Spring Forward
Guerard and Campbell faced off against each other on the Power Tower. That contest saw Guerard just edge out Campbell. Guerard’s spot in the City Finals is now guaranteed.
Stay tuned next week for another preview!