by AJ Adejare
(Via Ninja Warrior Twitter)
American Ninja Warrior is back for the seventh season and it did not dissapoint. Back with Matt Akbar Gbaja Biamila as co-host, the two major chance is the logo and the substitution of Kristine Leahy for Jenn Brown they return to where it all began, Venice Beach. Venice Beach has been a staple American Ninja Warrior since before it switched formats to be exclusively American. It was used back in the G4TV days where people would run the course to get a trip to Japan, but now it’s a qualifier area. Now here are partial results:
1st Qualifier Alvaro Campos
Fastest Time: Kevin Bull
1 Injury (Leg break)
3 Things we learned:
1. Venice is hard. The last two years people debate about which one is harder than the other. However, one place that has always been a constant in difficulty has been Venice Beach. This year proves no exception. Multiple veterans including David Campbell and Brian Kretsch failed to complete the course along side newbies. Only 6 actually finished the course a new low for those qualifiers.
2. Kevin is a Bull. Kevin Bull came in 30 seconds under the 2nd fastest time to clock in at less than 55 seconds.
3. NBC really really feels confident in their money. Upping the ante to $1 million (USD) is telling: They think that someone may not win it. At the same time, when they do, it will be a great things.
Kretsch broke his leg during spinning bridge and his sister Shannon Silver did so well up until spin cycle.
David Campbell failed at the Hourglass Drop.
Nick Hanson was on the bubble as number 30, but Kevin Bull blasted through and knocked him off.
Other notes: Ninja Warrior has another sponsor. POM Wonderful Coolio.
NFL Star Jon Ryan of the Seattle Seahawks ran and failed.
The new logo: Eh, it’s alright. Nothing special, nothing bad but still okay.
While the stories a great, one of my pet peeves is still there: hashtags for the contestants at the beginning. While good for indexing and to see the reach, it’s also inappropriate because of how early it is for the competitors. If they did it for those who completed or are veterans that would be one thing. However, that is not the case and thus will seem awkward when looking up the hash tag. With that being said, I’m not their social media person so I cannot comment on this issue. Also a bit hypocritical for me to complain when I used it for other runners. Oh well.
Next stop, one of my favorite cities (and the city that help raised me) Kansas City.