Dan Champagne has deliberately chased his Ninja Warrior goals for years

Elizabeth Morris/NBC In a season focused on youth, Dan Champagne proves not all the impressive rookies are teenagers. You can’t talk about season 13 of American Ninja Warrior without almost immediately using the word “rookie.” The young teens have blazed a new path through the competition. But the word “rookie” doesn’t apply just to those teens. On night two of the Qualifiers, the first buzzer went to another impressive rookie, but one with a few more years of experience under his belt. Elizabeth Morris/NBC Dan Champagne spent about six years preparing for his big Ninja Warrior debut. After the audience […]

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Julius Ferguson might be one of the most driven Ninjas on the course

Elizabeth Morris/NBC He faced huge obstacles off the course and has not lost any of his focus. One of the most touching stories from the second night of the American Ninja Warrior Qualifiers belongs to Julius Ferguson and his good friend Dan Champagne. Before Julius ran the course, making it to the fifth obstacle and the Semifinals, he discussed his experience with homelessness. After living under a bridge in Connecticut for several months, he shared his situation with his good friend and training partner, Dan. In a heartbeat, Dan took him in and helped Julius find a better housing situation. […]

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Sandy Zimmerman knows, ‘Sometimes big dreams and goals take time.’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC She has dreams and the determination to get there. Sandy Zimmerman is determined to never stop growing and learning. That’s obvious from her American Ninja Warrior progression and her incredible history with the Tacoma Dome. When Sandy was just 12 years old, she won the National Judo Championship right there. On season 11 of American Ninja Warrior, after two seasons of lackluster results, Sandy broke through to become the first mom to hit a buzzer right there in the dome. Back for season 13, Sandy felt the reverence of being in that space. Elizabeth Morris/NBC “So here we […]

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Check out Akbar’s weekly American Ninja Warrior pre-show party

He’ll go live every week before the new episodes air. Do you ever think to yourself, “Jeez, two hours of American Ninja Warrior a week is just not enough for me”? Same, friends. Same. American Ninja Warrior host Akbar Gbajabiamila can relate! And he has set out to help solve that issue with his new web show. It’s a Ninja Warrior pre-show party like only Akbar could create. Each week Akbar will count down to the newest episode of American Ninja Warrior with special guests like former Ninjas, current Ninjas, and others. He’ll go live on YouTube at 7:30 PM […]

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Sneak peek: Watch Josiah Pippel’s Qualifying run

Another young athlete is poised for massive success! Ready for more American Ninja Warrior? The second night of the Qualifiers will air on Monday, June 7 at 8 pm on NBC. But we have a first look for you right now! And yes, it’s another teen ready to dominate the obstacles. Josiah Pippel is just 15 years old. But he’s also six feet tall, an alum of ANW Junior, and one heck of an athlete. His love of lizards has Akbar a little wary up in the host tower, but Josiah isn’t worried about anything on the course. As he […]

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Happy birthday, Zuri Hall!

Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images It’s the American Ninja Warrior sideline host’s birthday! We have another birthday on the American Ninja Warrior team! Today is sideline reporter Zuri Hall’s birthday! Zuri joined the Ninja Warrior family in season 11. She has been a correspondent for E!News and is currently a correspondent for Access Hollywood. Aside from her work with Ninja Warrior, Zuri is also a co-host on the show AllAccess and has her own podcast, Zuri Hall’s Hot Happy Mess. Whew. She’s busy, okay? We had so much fun putting together Matt and Akbar’s birthday scrapbooks […]

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Jonathan Godbout on the start of his season: ‘To be able to make it to the Semifinals right now is unbelievable.’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC The 16-year-old was one of only five Ninjas to clear the first Qualifying course. What were you doing at age 16? It’s hard for us to think back that far, but we’re pretty sure it didn’t involve making an appearance as a force to be reckoned with on a national TV show. But that’s what Jonathan Godbout is up to right now. On the premiere episode of American Ninja Warrior’s 13th season, Jonathan became one of only five Ninjas to complete the course. “The thing I was feeling up on the start line was just pure excitement. I […]

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Elijah Browning’s run kicked open the door for the teen competitors

Elizabeth Morris/NBC He was the first to prove that these “kids” are perfectly ready for this course. After the announcement that American Ninja Warrior would include some invited teen competitors for season 13, we saw the concerned comments. Some expressed that they didn’t want to watch a junior edition of the show. This was a competition for adults. Why did the show bring kids into it? And then, on night one of the Qualifiers, 16-year-old Elijah Browning stepped on the course. In the blink of an eye, he was the first to hit the buzzer and took second place overall […]

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Sam Sann on his return to Ninja Warrior: ‘This is for everyone who wants to dream big.’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC The legend returned for the first time since season 10. American Ninja Warrior’s premiere episode of season 13 brought us the youngest competitors ever. But it also brought back a legend. Sam Sann is revered in the world of Ninja Warrior. Through his gyms in Texas, he’s trained and mentored some of the best in the sport. Sam took part in seven seasons of the show. His glorious City Finals completion in season seven is the kind of stuff Ninja Warrior fans live for. Sam last appeared on American Ninja Warrior back in season 10. As he made […]

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Barclay Stockett returned to Ninja Warrior to be with her family

Elizabeth Morris/NBC After the loss of her mother, Barclay decided to return to one thing that brings her joy. American Ninja Warrior can seem like life for a lot of competitors. Barclay Stockett’s Qualifying run was a stark reminder that it’s not. She faced so much more than the obstacles when she stood on the starting line. Barclay did not take part in season 12 of Ninja Warrior as she was focused on spending time with her mom, Eva, who was going through cancer. Less than a year before Barclay’s run, Eva passed away. Standing on the start platform, Barclay’s […]

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