Season 13 saw 24 Mega Wall attempts and just four finishes

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Looking back at the 18-foot wall’s role during the Qualifiers. As season 13 of American Ninja Warrior plunges deeper into the Semifinals, it gives us the chance to process what happened in the Qualifiers. With all the information now available from the first round of competition, we have a better picture of how things went compared to previous seasons. Today, we’re taking a look back at the Mega Wall’s role in this year’s competition. For season 13, the original Mega Wall rules were used. Ninjas had one chance to attempt the 18-foot wall. If they failed, they had […]

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American Ninja Warrior will return on August 9, after the Olympic games

You can catch Matt and Akabar as the hosts of ‘Tokyo LIVE’ in the meantime! Okay, you had to know this article was coming, right? NBC is the broadcasting home of the Tokyo Olympic games, which means American Ninja Warrior will take a break for a few weeks. American Ninja Warrior will return with night two of the Semifinals on Monday, August 9, at 8 pm EST/PST. Ninja Warrior, which usually airs on Mondays, will not be shown on July 26 or August 2. NBC will go basically all-Olympic at the end of this week. The opening ceremony will be […]

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Tracking the ‘Split Decisions’ of the Semifinals

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Who picked balance? Who picked upper body? And who made it through? Over the course of the American Ninja Warrior season 13 Qualifiers, we tracked the Split Decision choices of the advancing Ninjas. Who went right and who went left? We’re going to continue that habit as the Semifinals air. As a reminder, in the Semifinals, Split Decision takes place in the ninth position on the course. The competitors pick between an upper body obstacle or a tricky balance obstacle. The decision is a reason to pause. Is the competitor too drained to have a chance at the […]

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Preview pictures tease the excitement of the Semifinals’ first night

Elizabeth Morris/NBC There’s so much to look forward to tonight! It’s here! It’s finally here! The American Ninja Warrior season 13 Semifinals have arrived! The show moves to Los Angeles tonight (Monday, July 19) at 8 pm EST/PST. There will be SO many things to look out for, including the Power Tower and Split Decision’s move to position nine on the course. There are only a few hours left to wait and we’re passing the time by bringing you some preview photos from the episode. We did not include any photos beyond obstacle four on the course. We already saw […]

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How to watch American Ninja Warrior season 13: Night one of Semifinals

The next round of the competition is here! Things are really heating up on American Ninja Warrior! With the Qualifiers in the bag, the competition moves to Los Angeles for the Semifinals. We can expect some big changes along with the big move. Now, only 15 competitors will advance (with the top three women). The course includes 10 grueling obstacles. Split Decision will be in position nine on the course, forcing the Ninjas to pick between a hair-raising balance obstacle or a draining upper body obstacle. At the end of it all, we have the Power Tower. The two fastest […]

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Tiana Webberley gives us our first look at the Semifinals

This video gives us a look at the first five obstacles of the Semifinals course. With the American Ninja Warrior season 13 Qualifiers fading into the rearview, it’s time to get excited about the Semifinals! This season, all the Semifinals took place in Los Angeles on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. The course moves to 10 obstacles in length and the Power Tower is back! At the end of each Semifinals episode, the two fastest Ninjas will race for the Safety Pass. That’s not all! Split Decision moves to position nine on the Semifinals course. This time around, the Ninjas […]

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Cal Plohoros has very specific, practical goals for this season

Elizabeth Morris/NBC The 15-year-old may have played around with his coach, Flip, but he’s serious about this season. “Flip Rodriguez motivates me more than anyone in the world. Thanks!” That is not a quote from 15-year-old Ninja, Cal Plohoros. That was his mentor Flip Rodriguez, who playfully hijacked our interview with Cal prior to his American Ninja Warrior run. But Cal would have the last laugh when he teased his coach from the top of the Warped Wall on the final night of the Qualifiers. The student surpassed the teacher that night. But beyond all that good-natured ribbing, Cal is […]

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Kai Beckstrand has his sights set on Vegas after racing to the buzzer

Elizabeth Morris/NBC With the fastest time of the night and his dad beside him, he’s off to the Semifinals. What is there to say about Kai Beckstrand? Seriously. We’re running out of superlatives to describe the teen competitors who are dominating season 13 of American Ninja Warrior. And Kai deserves all of them. Kai, who is 15-years-old ran the course after his father, Brian. Both sported pretty noticeable mohawks. Both completed the course. Except Kai did it A LOT faster than his dad. So fast that Kai had the top time of the entire night by about 15 seconds. Casual […]

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Flip Rodriguez on the upcoming Semifinals: ‘I’m either going to Vegas with the Safety Pass or not at all.’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC With a wave of positivity behind him, he wants the top time in Semifinals. Flip Rodriguez is a beloved American Ninja Warrior veteran. Over his years on the show, he’s matured and changed right in front of the audience’s eyes. He’s become more open, more vulnerable, and as a result, more inspiring to others as he continued to find success on the course. Back for season 13, Flip started things off with a strong run to the fifth obstacle, Sideways. We had the chance to speak with him before and after his run to learn about how his […]

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Did Leif Sundburg’s ‘dad-strength’ save that outrageous run?

Elizabeth Morris/NBC We have one question about his run. HOW?!? One word comes to mind when we think of Leif Sundberg’s American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers run: HOW? Leif made quite an impression the last time he ran a Qualifying course in the Tacoma Dome. Back in season 11, he completed the course in under one minute. That’s like… Extremely fast. Back for season 13, Leif started off the fifth night of Qualifiers with a run that had us scoffing in astonishment once again but for very different reasons. He fell on Log Runner, clinging to one log. That should equal […]

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