Ninja Warriors love the sport, the community, and the opportunity to inspire

Elizabeth Morris/NBC “What’s the best part of being a Ninja Warrior?” We’re in a motivational mood this week and we want to keep the good vibes going! We took to Instagram and asked our Ninja followers to answer a very broad question. What’s the best part of being a Ninja Warrior? As the responses flowed in, we scrolled through them with a huge smile. It was definitely a truckload of warm, fuzzy feelings. The answers seemed to fall into three categories: Inspiring others, the community, and the love of movement. Read on for a sampling of the responses and try […]

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David Campbell reminded us that failure is a big part of Ninja Warrior

Elizabeth Morris/NBC His post inspired others to share their thoughts on the powerful subject. After being locked out of Instagram for a day, along with thousands of others, we eagerly scrolled through the social media platform this morning. A post from American Ninja Warrior OG David Campbell caught our attention. The photo seemed familiar. We knew where that font was from. David, who has competed on every season of the show, shared a quote from an interview we did with him during season 11. It was a reminder of how much we love the opportunity we have with this site […]

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‘Best buzzer’ of season 13: Qualifiers round two

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Who will you send to the bracket’s semifinals? It’s round two of the Qualifiers in our quest for the “best buzzer” of American Ninja Warrior season 13! We have a long way to go before we find out who the winner will be, but it’s going to be a fun ride. Last week we got things started with round one. Your hundreds of votes advanced Ninjas into the second round. Nine Ninjas got a lucky, random buy to the second round of the competition, but all bets are off now! Who will make it to round three, the […]

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5 motivational Ninja Warrior quotes to jumpstart your week

Elizabeth Morris/NBC They know a thing or two about staying positive in the face of obstacles. Need a little motivation to get your week going? We sure did. American Ninja Warrior competitors know a thing or two about inspiring others, about doggedly going after what they want and the risks and work that goes into getting there. We looked back through our interviews from season 13 and found five quotes that hit the nail on the head for us this week. Reminders that we can keep forging ahead as we each face daily obstacles. Grant McCartney Grant was telling us […]

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Give us your opinions on ‘Split Decision’

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Love it? Hate it? Tell us about it. We’re big into gathering feedback between the American Ninja Warrior seasons. While we don’t actually make any production decisions, we do share what we learn with the people who have power. Season 13 introduced a very distinct new format change. That was the introduction of “Split Decision.” It was a point on the course where the competitors had to pick one of two obstacles. Would they go left or go right? Would their decision send them farther down the course or spinning into the water? It took up time on […]

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Then and now with three of the American Ninja Warrior teen superstars

Elizabeth Morris/NBC These kids are getting stronger every single day. Flashback Friday was on our minds when we decided to pull this article together. Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior featured a group of extremely talented teenagers between the ages of 15-18. Many of these competitors got their start on American Ninja Warrior Junior. In just a couple of very short years, the kids invited to run side-by-side obstacle races have become the big show’s top athletes. They’re growing up right in front of our eyes! We took a look back at three Ninjas: Kai Beckstrand, Vance Walker, and Kaden […]

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Top five most shocking moments from season 13

Elizabeth Morris/NBC As told by ANW Nation’s editor. In my role as the editor of American Ninja Warrior Nation, I’m in a unique position. I get to talk to the Ninjas all along the way during the season and watch their runs unfold right in front of my face. There are so many great moments during those weeks and months. I usually tell you about those as the season airs on TV. But there are also a handful of moments that are kind of awful to experience. I thought I’d bring you my top five most shocking moments from season […]

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Who was season 13’s fastest Ninja?

Elizabeth Morris/NBC There are two names that show up three times. Who was the fastest Ninja on American Ninja Warrior season 13? That’s a relative question, but we have evidence to present to you! Then, you’ll need to tell us. Below, we’ve listed out who was the fastest competitor on each of the Qualifying, Semifinals, and National Finals courses. We’ve organized them in order of speed, not by episode. Since each course is different, it’s hard to say who is the absolute fastest. Back in season 12, Jake Murray had the fastest time in the Qualifiers, Semifinals, and Finals. During […]

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Sharing the spotlight with Ninja Warrior Shane Scudder

Shane Scudder/Instagram We didn’t see him on season 13, but he has an important message Today, we’re putting the spotlight on an American Ninja Warrior competitor you didn’t see on the show during season 13. Shane Scudder ran the course in Tacoma for the Qualifiers. It wasn’t a long run, as he fell on the Shrinking Steps, but it was still inspiring. Season 13 was Shane’s second time on the course. He first competed in season 11 with a similar run in the Atlanta Qualifiers. Shane calls himself the “Ninja Nugget.” He has dwarfism and stands at 4’10”. And nothing […]

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Do you believe in the ‘Stage Three Curse’?

Elizabeth Morris/NBC Not a single Stage Three competitor from season 11 returned to the elite course this year. As season 13 of American Ninja Warrior moved to the National Finals, a new phrase started getting tossed around: The Stage Three Curse. Should we believe in it? In season 11, 21 Ninjas advanced to Stage Three of the National Finals. That was a MASSIVE amount for a stage that generally only sees a handful of challengers. Season 12 did not include the National Finals. Fans eagerly awaited the chance to see if the previous Stage Three Ninjas could make a return […]

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