by AJ Adejare
After a one week break, Ninja Warrior is back. We transition from Miami last year to Orlando this year to Universal Studios Orlando. Universal Studios is known for its attractions and ride, and yeah, the competitors definitely were taken for a ride.
1st Finisher: Chad Hohn
Fastest Finisher: Jon Alexis Jr.
Watch his run here:
1 Injury (Chad Hohn head gash).
1 Disqualification (Lucas Gomes )
3 Things we learned:
1. Maturity. If there was one thing running throughout this particular qualifier it was maturity. JJ Woods completing the course has now cemented his veteran status. However, the true story is in both Drew Dreschel David Flip Rodriguez. Make no mistake, seeing these competitors throughout the years, last year humbled them. Just like champs both of them matured from their mistakes: Drew went and refined his skills while Flip dug emotionally deep to not give up. Both of them showed respect for the course by completing (not just trying to go the fastest). This quote sums it up:
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations. – Samuel Ullman
2. Family ties. Another theme was family ties. From the Brazil Bros (Alexis and Lucas Gomes), to the Alexis family(Jon Alexis Sr. and Jr.) families were all running the course together. It’s great to see Ninja Warrior bring them together. With that said, it also tore them apart as only one out of two family members would go through.
3. Seniority: Veterans once again showed a lot of growth with Travis Rosen and James McGrath all proving that seniority is indeed a thing, and it is good.
Casey Eischen failed to qualify.
Stephen France made it to the third obstacle before failing.
Dana Linn Bailey failed on the rolling log.
Kevin Sipe’s story going from the bottom to the top is inspiring.
Idoko Abu failed on the ladders but still made it through.
Ninja Warrior pushed the Minions hard.
Right around the 1 hour 10 minute area you can see them.
James McGrath, I see you. I know NBC didn’t, but I do.
Not a fan of the revamped rolling log. It’s probably a 30 degree ± 5 incline with the smaller log and that lead towards a lot more difficulty than it should have (mainly because of body movement).
Finally, THANK YOU NBC FOR KILLING THAT CRAP RIVALRY BETWEEN DRESCHEL AND FLIP! It was forced from the beginning and now it’s over. Praise the lord.
Next up, Pittsburg. Say it with me,BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW BLACK AND YELLOW!