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Women of ANW

This has been an amazing season for women in American Ninja Warrior. Never before in the previous five years that ANW has been on TV has a woman been able to complete the qualifying course. This year it all changed. Three women, Kacy Catanzaro, Michelle Warnky, and Meagan Martin were able to complete the course. Check out their amazing story’s.

Kacy Catanzaro

Kacy Catanzaro

Kacy Catanzaro is a division one gymnast of the year out of Towson University. She is just 5′ and 100 lbs. She started competing in gymnastics at the age of six. Kacy has a career goal is to become a Kindergarten teacher. She has been training all year with Brent Steffensen who is also her boyfriend. On June 2nd 2014, Kacy became the first woman to complete the qualifying course on American Ninja Warrior. Catch her amazing history making moment below.

You can also see her audition video for season 6 here.

Michelle Warnky

Michelle Warnky

Michelle Warnky is a 29 Years old Personal Trainer from Columbus, OH. She host Amercian Ninja Warrior competitions at her gym named Warnky Warriors. She has guest trainers for her competitions like, Paul Kasemir, David “Flip” Rodriguez, Drew Drechsel, and Jamie Rahn (Captain NBC). Michelle is very competitive and loves to play all kinds of sports. Her father is her biggest fan and competes with her to keep her on her toes. An extremely brave woman, she even lived in Kazakhstan for 5 years to teach english as a second language. She has been an avid Rock Climber for over 20 years. At just 5’4″ she has an amazing stride. On June 9th 2014, she became the second woman to complete the American Ninja Warrior qualifying course, and did it in just 3:08.94. Check out her run below.

You can also see her audition video below.

Meagan Martin

Meagan Martin

Meagan Martin is a 24 year old gymnast, pole vaulter, and a competitive boulderer. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. For more info on Bouldering click here. She has been Rock Climbing since 2001 and is a division one pole vaulter at Vanderbilt University. First Woman to complete the Devil Steps. She is only 5′ 4″ and 135 pounds and her nickname is #MightyMeagan. This was her first attempt on American Ninja Warrior and became the third woman to complete the qualifying course. She did it in just 4:46.29. Check out her run below.

A Historical Year for American Ninja Warrior

These women are an inspiration to anyone that anything is possible. They have proven most definitely that women can be fierce competitors. I hope to see many more first this year on American Ninja Warrior and I think the three amazing women can make it happen. Let all tune and cheer them on. The next episode of ANW is on Monday the 7th of July and will be the Venice Beach Finals. Check it out on NBC.

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American Ninja Warrior

The final episode of the qualifiers is over. Finishing up the five cities for qualifying was Denver. Some great athletes like Lorin Ball, Paul Kasemir, Lance Pekus, Brian Arnold and for me, the best of show, was Meagan Martin. Just 1 of 3 women to complete the warped wall and finish the course in the history of American Ninja Warrior.

Hope everyone is watching American Ninja Warrior because its a great show. I root for everyone, and that’s the great thing about this show, you want to root for everyone. Its not about someone being from your home town (even though you root them more), its not about someone playing for your favorite team. Its about the journey, seeing someone beat the challenges and making it to the top of Mount Midoriyama. If you missed any episodes of American Ninja Warrior check out NBC where you can watch all the episodes from season 6 online.

Top 30 Qualifying from American Ninja Warrior

Check out who made the top 30 from each of the five qualifying cities.

Venice Top 30 Qualifiers

1 David Campbell 1:55.45
2 James McGrath 1:57.08
3 Alan Connealy 2:07.23
4 Kevin Bull 2:28.18
5 Dustin Rocho 2:32.91
6 Thaddeus Robeck 2:43.66
7 Derek Nakamoto 2:58.52
8 Dan Mast 3:07.34
9 Alex Kane 3:19.31
10 Kyle Cochran 3:37.05
11 Travis Brewer 3:45.07
12 Robert Ing 4:11.96
13 Ben Melick 4:20.41
14 Evan Dollard 4:41.46
15 Dorian Cedars 4:51.90
16 Andres De La Rosa 5:16.14
17 James Sclar 5:29.34
18 Mario Mendoza 6:58.27
19 Vadym Kuvakin Monkey Pegs 2:20.02
20 Alexander Gines Monkey Pegs 5:07.12
21 Keita Kashiwagi Monkey Pegs 5:35.36
22 Brian Kretsch Jumping Bars 0:59.28
23 David Money Jumping Bars 1:08.90
24 Vadym Krasnenko Jumping Bars 1:30.19
25 Justin Taylor Jumping Bars 1:33.57
26 Danny Goler Jumping Bars 1:39.19
27 Paul Money Jumping Bars 1:46.12
28 Warren Li Jumping Bars 2:06.84
29 Brennan Mejia Jumping Bars 2:27.53
30 Quoc-Hoan Do Slack Line Ladder 1:10.48

Dallas Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Dillion Gates 1:31.19
2 Kevin Klein 1:33.42
3 Joshua Cook 1:41.10
4 Raymond Clausen 1:48.23
5 Jaret Salas 1:58.62
6 Tremayne Dortch 2:05.98
7 Seth Blaustein 2:11.43
8 Jordan Yordanov 2:13.50
9 Connor Moyer 2:23.37
10 David Gilbert 2:33.71
11 Nathan Jasso 2:43.25
12 Eric McKeethen 2:54.75
13 Sam Sann 3:03.51
14 Jimmy Bogle, JR. 3:04.34
15 Matthew Laessig 3:04.54
16 Johnathan Morin 3:06.03
17 Terry Cossey 3:15.38
18 Jo Jo Bynum 3:21.17
19 Abel Gonzalez, JR. 3:29.07
20 Karsten Williams 3:36.61
21 Kacy Cantanzaro 5:26.18
22 Jeremy Morgan Warped Wall 1:10.30
23 Brandon Pannell Warped Wall 1:34.77
24 Geoffrey Lancaster Warped Wall 1:40.11
25 Michael Solomon Warped Wall 1:43.08
26 Geoffrey Motil Warped Wall 2:02.10
27 Daniel Manuel Warped Wall 2:10.39
28 Joe Calderon Warped Wall 2:41.33
29 Engin Dolen Warped Wall 2:53.27
30 Joshua Stone Warped Wall 2:59.64

St. Louis Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Joe Moravsky 1:04.13
2 Aaron Himelright 1:27.19
3 Joseph Hyndman 1:32.68
4 Michael Needham 1:35.40
5 Elet Hall 1:37.05
6 Travis Rosen 1:39.55
7 Andrew Karsen 2:02.92
8 Jamie Rahn 2:04.61
9 Roland Seward 2:12.78
10 Dan Galiczynski 2:13.06
11 Adam Arnold 2:22.53
12 Rob Moravsky 2:24.80
13 Geoff Britten 2:25.71
14 Matthew Schumann 2:34.43
15 Brian Wilczewski 2:40.67
16 Chris Wilczewski 2:45.35
17 Brent Ruffin 2:47.99
18 Mitch Pajcic 2:55.20
19 Michelle Warnky 3:08.94
20 Andew Lowes 3:14.24
21 Leoniel Olanda 3:24.58
22 Tom McGregor 3:29.75
23 Dan Polizzi 3:30.72
24 David Cavanagh 3:58.66
25 Adam Mihm 4:02.71
26 Turkrong “TK” Klengdong Warped Wall 1:01.92
27 Timothy Dauenhauer Warped Wall 1:29.98
28 Raymond Butler Warped Wall 1:47.16
29 Brandon Willis Warped Wall 1:57.30
30 Mathew Harris Warped Wall 2:07.66

Miami Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Drew Drechsel 0:44.24
2 Jonathan Sharp Brown 0:51.11
3 Luciano Acuna, JR. 1:00.07
4 William Brown 1:03.03
5 John Vogt 1:13.20
6 Joseph Rosello 1:16.95
7 Idoko Abuh 1:19.24
8 Neil Craver 1:23.48
9 Miguel Castillo 1:23.65
10 Dustin Sanderson 1:25.05
11 Solomon Harvey 1:27.88
12 Brett Sims 1:28.50
13 Kenneth Niemitalo 1:32.02
14 Jared “JJ” Woods 1:34.15
15 Stephens Nunnally 1:34.83
16 Adam Orsini 1:35.27
17 Michael Eckert 1:40.39
18 Timothy Koren 1:40.72
19 Preston Griffall 1:48.05
20 Ryan Stratis 1:50.29
21 David Hunt 1:51.99
22 Kavon Sadler 1:52.84
23 Brandon Arrington 2:00.91
24 Adam Grossman 2:02.69
25 Gabriel Arnold 2:03.80
26 Reko Rivera 2:03.91
27 Binny Seth 2:07.45
28 Rich Thompson 2:09.88
29 Andy Friedman 2:11.32
30 Todd Bourgeois 2:11.92

Denver Top 30 Qualifiers

1 Lorin Ball 1:04.27
2 Paul Kasemir 1:09.04
3 Lance Pekus 1:20.06
4 Daniel Larson-Fine 1:26.11
5 Justin Kydd 1:29.97
6 David Schwartz 1:37.45
7 Kyle Sinacori 1:41.41
8 Christopher Romrell 1:46.72
9 Yancey Quezada 1:56.72
10 Robin Pietschmann 1:56.79
11 Isaac Caldiero 1:56.97
12 Karson Voiles 2:00.36
13 Matthew Wilder 2:01.23
14 Brian Arnold 2:32.86
15 Dan Entmacher 2:37.53
16 Yen Chen 2:43.53
17 David Bortz 2:58.25
18 Alex Manikowski 3:09.04
19 Dr. Noah Kaufman 3:26.30
20 Josh Newhouse 3:26.37
21 Ian Dory 3:35.48
22 Meagan Martin 4.46.29
23 Keith Peters Warped Wall 1:39.91
24 Phil Gavigan Warped Wall 1:56.59
25 Carl Fantauzzo, JR. Warped Wall 2:15.59
26 Jared Higginson Warped Wall 2:20.93
27 Jon Stewart Warped Wall 2:44.30
28 Joel Brady Warped Wall 3:08.18
29 Ronnie Shalvis, JR. Devil Steps 0:31.43
30 Austin Lutz Devil Steps 0:33.21

Show Favorites

There have been so many favorites on American Ninja Warrior because of the amazing talent this year. Many veterans of the show have qualified like David Campbell, Drew Drechsel, James McGrth, Joe Moravsky, Brian Arnold, Evan Dollard and many more. There has been some heartbreak though watching both Brent Steffensen and David “Flip” Rodriguez go out early in qualifying. Both amazing athletes that should have gone so much farther. We will be rooting for them next year.

The most memorable moments this year would have to be three women making it up the warped wall and completing the qualifying course. We have to give props to Kacy Catanzaro, Michelle Warnky and Meagan Martin. They have made history as being the first women on American Ninja Warrior to complete the qualifying course.

Whats Next?

Up next week on American Ninja Warrior is the first episode of the finals. Now 150 American Ninja Warriors will battle it out on the more difficult and longer finals courses to see who will take on Mount Midoriyama. Monday May 30th will be the first finals episode starting in Denver. Check out the schedule and more about American Ninja Warrior on NBC.

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Jim Steffen

Jim Steffen from Findlay, OH came out to American Ninja Warrior in St. Louis to raise awareness about CF Disease (Cystic Fibrosis). His daughter Mattie who is only 18 months has CF Disease. Running and jumping can help a lot to break up the mucus in their lungs and nose, so she plays and trains with daddy. What an inspiration to see a big guy at that age give it his all to raise awareness. To find out more about CF Disease, go to cff.org.

He made it through the quintuple steps, past the log roll (even did a burpee after), through the bridge of blades, made it through the swinging rope and past the first set of the double tilt ladders. An awesome run.

 

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