San Pedro, California, was the site for American Ninja Warrior's sixth and final qualifier, as dozens of competitors attempted to tackle a grueling course that proved rather treacherous.
There was a distinct military theme to the qualifier, as active duty members and veterans battled in the shadow of the USS Iowa.
Among the numerous military personnel to take part, only 10 brave souls managed to survive all of the barriers in their way before completing the Warped Wall. You can view all 30 people who advanced to the city finals below:
|American Ninja Warrior—July 6 Results|
|Place||Competitor||Time||Furthest Obstacle Reached|
|1||Robin Pietschmann||3:05.51||Finished Course|
|2||Caleb Hayre||3:14.85||Finished Course|
|3||Seth Caskey||3:26.67||Finished Course|
|4||Ahmed Toure||3:44.53||Finished Course|
|5||Matthew Jensen||3:46.35||Finished Course|
|6||Joel Blair||3:52.69||Finished Course|
|7||Steve Martin||4:14.70||Finished Course|
|8||Van Tran||4:20.75||Finished Course|
|9||Ryan Stratis||4:25.65||Finished Course|
|10||Dustin McKinney||5:11.97||Finished Course|
|11||Nathan Tucker||1:18.90||I-Beam Cross|
|12||Arnold Dinh||1:30.83||I-Beam Cross|
|13||Casey Thornton||1:37.88||I-Beam Cross|
|14||Justin Gielski||1:54.74||I-Beam Cross|
|15||Jason Cantu||2:02.06||I-Beam Cross|
|16||Preston Griffall||2:04.48||I-Beam Cross|
|17||Randall Forsythe||2:11.25||I-Beam Cross|
|18||Jeremy Prather||2:14.46||I-Beam Cross|
|19||Omar Payton||2:23.41||I-Beam Cross|
|20||Deon Graham||2:24.09||I-Beam Cross|
|21||Benjamin Barrett||2.28.33||I-Beam Cross|
|22||Kyle Durand||2.29.53||I-Beam Cross|
|23||Jeremy Guarino||2:31.76||I-Beam Cross|
|24||Christopher Moore||2:41.57||I-Beam Cross|
|25||Trevor Parks||3:16.13||I-Beam Cross|
|26||Darren Virgo||3:25.69||I-Beam Cross|
|27||Joel Burkhalter||0:49.34||Monkey Pegs|
|28||Vincent Klapper||0:50.73||Monkey Pegs|
|29||Dean Mosier||0:51.71||Monkey Pegs|
|30||Alexander Panyasiri||0:53.15||Monkey Pegs|
|Source: NBC Broadcast|
The show saved the best for last, as Ryan Stratis was the final contestant to run. He's no stranger to American Ninja Warrior, having competed in each of the seven American seasons.
Being the experienced pro he is, Stratis took his time with each of the stages, and the strategy paid off, as he reached the finish with relative ease, taking one step closer to Mount Midoriyama.
Even with his massive reputation, Stratis wasn't the most impressive performer—Dustin McKinney and Ahmed Toure arguably tied for that honor.
McKinney may have finished the course with the slowest time, but the fact he could complete The Worm after scaling the Warped Wall is downright remarkable, per the show's Twitter account:
It's a good thing that celebration didn't cost him.
Meanwhile, Toure was in a class of his own because he showed up to San Pedro in his business-casual attire. His jeans must have allowed for great flexibility:
Next time you want to hit the gym, maybe consider a nice pair of blue jeans. Toure might be holding the secret to success.
One of the more notable athletes who tried and failed to make his way across the course was 72-year-old Chuck Mammay. If you're wondering how somebody could feasibly compete on American Ninja Warrior at Mammay's age, the show gave you a taste of his typical workout regimen:
And to think I consider running a couple of miles a week to be a job well done.
In addition to the $1 million prize, Mammay said in December he had another goal in mind with his journey to American Ninja Warrior, per Lauren Rautenkranz of WECT 6 in Wilmington, North Carolina:
Well, it's because a lot of people say I inspire them by the condition I'm in. Sometimes I feel like 'Oh I don't want to get out of bed and do this!' But once I get going it's just there. It's the fun of doing it. People say it's work and, eh it might be a little work, but it's a lot of fun plus you get to eat more, which I love to eat! The way I look at it, I figure if I can get out and inspire more people and if I can get on American Ninja Warrior that'll be maybe millions of people I can help inspire.
Unfortunately, Mammay's run ended almost immediately after it began. He approached the Quintuple Steps all wrong and slipped on the first step before hitting the water below.
Still, the fact that he made the show at all is an incredible accomplishment. American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman believes everybody should strive to match Mammay's level in life:
For the 30 competitors who advanced to the city finals, there's a long way to go to grab the $1 million.
Monday's episode not only featured impressive feats of athleticism, but it also served as a fantastic tribute for those who have served in the armed forces.