This guy is the first official ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ but he won zilch

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Crowns First Winner — With a Twist.

After seven seasons, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior has crowned its first champion, as Isaac Caldiero, a 33-year-old rock climber and busboy, became the first U.S. contestant to complete all four “stages” of its grueling Las Vegas obstacle course in Monday’s season finale. , NBC’s obstacle course competition airs tonight with an all new Monday, September 14 season 7 Finale called “Vegas Finals.” We’ve got your recap down below! Actually, he was the second: Geoff Britten, a Maryland cameraman who was the only other athlete to compete in the final stage — a 75-foot rope climb that had to be scaled within 30 seconds — finished first. Caldiero won $1 million after very narrowly edging out another contestant (Geoff Britten) who surprised fans by also finishing the just-shy-of-impossible obstacle course. Geoff “Popeye” Britten, a 36-year-old full-time sports cameraman,became the first American ever to complete ANW’s grueling Stage 4 in the Las Vegas Finals (with a final time of 29.65 seconds).

Caldiero says he was convinced that eventually, among 3,500 athletes who’ve competed on Ninja Warrior, “someone was going to win, I just didn’t know when.” The course has been “dubbed impossible for so many years, and I said, ‘I want to be the guy who does the impossible,’ and I did.” He says this season’s competition was “by far the hardest,” thanks to tougher, unfamiliar obstacles and veteran contestants who’ve had another year of training. For those of you who don’t know, the action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both qualifying and finals rounds across the country. On the last episode the finals of “American Ninja Warrior” continued from Las Vegas, Nevada where the top finishers from the regional finals tackle the ultimate challenge – a four stage course modeled after ‘Mount Midoriyama’ in Japan.

You can fall on the most basic obstacle you’ve done a million times.” The final three stages were filmed over about 10 hours in late June, with Caldiero emerging the victor shortly before sunrise after an unusually hot day. Not only that but Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten were both able to complete the upper body behemoth challenge that has taken out every other competitor before them. With up-close-and-personal profiles and returning favorites, the competition has moved from a male-driven niche cable series to NBC’s No. 2 summer show among younger viewers, and 52% of its audience is women, says executive producer Kent Weed. This year, a record 28 contestants completed Stage 1, eight finished Stage 2, and for the first time ever, two Warriors made it past the third stage, while others stumbled on Roulette Row, two suspended spinning wheels. That set the tone for the season and everybody saw that achievement and said, “If he could do it, I could do it, too.” Which is the same reason why we have new ninjas every season.

Before coming on the show this season Caldiero worked as a bus boy at an upscale restaurant, which gives him the freedom to climb and train as he pleases. We found our first, now who can be the next?” “It’s as much a mental game as a physical one,” Weed. says. “You can psych yourself out very easily. When you look down you’re basically spotting your landing point and you’re going to fall” into one of the course’s splash pools. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone look down and make it.” What will Utah native Caldiero, who now lives in Vegas with his girlfriend and fellow contestant Laura Kisana, do with his million-dollar prize? “I’ve never been to Disneyland,” he says. The sports cameraman balances work and a family with his training but was still able to put himself at the top of the herd when it came to dominating obstacles.

Moving into Stage Two tonight are the following competitors – we’ll update the list as we move from stage to stage to show who has made it through to the next phase. The whole course is so much more upper body intensive than lower body — obviously you have the warped wall. but is there a way to add strength and endurance leg obstacles which would help balance out the gender disparity a bit? You see these stories where the contestants are working in movie theaters and living out of their car, and I wonder if they should they get paid for their participation once they make it past a certain point in the season?

But it feels like they fall between the gap being a professional athlete — who would get paid — and a reality show participant—who would also get paid. There’s a modest prize for the fastest finisher in the city qualifier and finals in each city, and there’s a per diem and we take care of their travel to Vegas. There’s enough that they get in their real lives, there’s a lot of popularity that they share, and there’s sometimes areas of revenues they can come up with. They look back and go over it and go, “I just had a mental lapse.” We take great care in the obstacles we create and how we design them, not just about physical but mental skills, too.

He nailed it with ease then lifts the walls and slaps the buzzer with 29 seconds left and the fastest time of the night as the sixth Stage 2 finisher. First is the new Psycho Chainsaw then the Doorknob Grasper, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Pole Grasper, Hang Climb, the new Area 51 and the Flying Bar which is like a horizontal salmon ladder. A guy beat the ninja warrior course – 1st time in history! now a second gets a shot – they’ve never had anyone make it this far and this year there are two – kind of amazing. Isaac and Geoff hug it out even though Isaac just took a million bucks out of his pocket – the show should pony up a big cash prize for making it that far.

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