If you are a dork like myself and you tune into the show American Ninja Warrior on NBC, you know most of the names: David “Flip” Rodriguez, the man with the cool masks. The tremendously athletic couple of Brent Steffensen and Kacy Catanzaro. After seven seasons in syndication, the show has finally found the first (and second) man to conquer the obstacle course. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with American Ninja Warrior, the USA version is based off a similar version in Japan in which competitors from all walks of life compete on giant obstacle courses to conquer “Mount Midoriyama.” Thousands of individuals compete in lighter versions of the obstacle course in their respective regions with each region sending representatives to the finals in Vegas. In Vegas, the finalists must then traverse four stages of the replicated “Mount Midoriyama” in order to win the one million dollars. Up until 2015, none of the competitors to reach Vegas have made it past stage three.
Money aside, my hat’s off to both Geoff and Isaac for doing something most of us can just watch in awe.
(Thanks to Deadspin for some story details).