Sandy Zimmerman is a P.E. teacher and mother of three who has competed on three seasons of American Ninja Warrior.

Her husband, Charles Zimmerman, has competed on American Ninja Warrior 10, and her children have competed in American Ninja Warrior Junior.

American Ninja Warrior 8

Sandy first competed on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Los Angeles. Her run was all cut, but on her submission video for ANW 9, it was revealed that she failed Tick Tock.

American Ninja Warrior 9

Sandy returned in Los Angeles for American Ninja Warrior 9. Her qualifying run was digested, but it showed that she failed the Cannonball Drop and did not advance to the city finals.

American Ninja Warrior 11

Tac Qualifiers 2019

Sandy returned for American Ninja Warrior 11 in Seattle/Tacoma. In qualifying, she finally made it past the second obstacle, this time being the Lunatic Ledges. She went on to become the first competitor of the night to get past the Lightning Bolts, and later scaled the Warped Wall on her second attempt, thus becoming the first mom in American Ninja Warrior history to hit a buzzer. She placed 13th overall and 2nd among the women to move on to the city finals.

On her first appearance in the city finals, she put up yet another strong run on the course, making it as far as the eighth obstacle, the Floating Monkey Bars, before falling. However, she was on the bubble by the time Jessie Graff made it to the same obstacle, and at the end of the round, just missed out on the national finals, placing 14th overall and 3rd among the women.

Although she just barely missed out on advancing, she was a tester for Stage 1, being shown in the second episode of Stage 1 on the seventh obstacle, the Diving Boards.

Trivia

  • During ANW 11’s Tacoma qualfiers, she revealed on broadcast that won a judo championship at the age of 12, having a background in martial arts. In a coincidental timing, her tournament actually happened exactly 30 years ago on the exact day of the qualifying round (May 11) in the exact same location, the Tacoma Dome.

Get to know Sandy Zimmerman, the first mom in ANW history to hit a buzzer

We have been loving these Instagram takeovers, when an athlete from the American Ninja Warrior community answers questions on the official Ninja Warrior account. This time, it was Sandy Zimmerman, the 43-year-old P.E. teacher who is known as the first mom in ANW history to hit a buzzer when she scaled the Warped Wall in the Seattle/Tacoma City Qualifiers last season. This year was actually her third time competing on ANW, but her best by far.

Many of the questions for Sandy were about staying in shape, how to balance being a mom and a Ninja, and questions about training in general. Here are a few of our favorites:

@oneskineejosie: What are your top tips for balancing motherhood and family with a relatively demanding training schedule?

SZ: @oneskineejosie great question! A couple ways that I’m really fortunate is that first all 3 of my kids love doing Ninja. We train together, do competitions together and even got to experience competing on ANW and ANW Jr. together. It’s our family bonding time. The other big blessing in disguise is there are no Ninja gyms in the city I live in so it was a great excuse to build them all in our backyard. We have over 40 obstacles that can be scaled down for beginners and kids or scaled up to the show. No need to drive across town to train we just go out the back door so it’s very convenient. And, my non-Ninja workouts are mostly all body weight exercises where the workouts are really intense but short with little set up and equipment needed.

@gymnastmegs408 Do you have a strategy for getting up the warped wall?

SZ: @megan_zeichner definitely strategy involved to get up the wall. Foot placement is huge, get the last step on the runway close to the wall and first foot on the wall high. Think of it like the scratch line for a running long jump, get as close to the line as you can so your 3-4 steps on the wall get maximum distance up the wall. Plan your footwork out so your final step is a jump off your most powerful leg and lean back. Learn to safely come down the wall first by facing the wall, don’t turn around. But you also need the speed and power from you legs so I’d work those exercises in to your training days. Then of course good old fashion hard work, repetition. Good luck!

@rishan_p.n How does it feel to hit that buzzer?

SZ: @rishan_p.n before hitting the buzzer I thought people accomplishing big dreams or having huge moments in sports was something that happened to the other guys. Anyone who does this sport knows it’s a tough sport physically and mentally. And, there is a VERY fine line between huge success and early failure so I just feel really grateful. Grateful that I was able to finish the course, grateful for the woman I’m becoming through the journey and grateful for the community

Read all the questions and answers on @NinjaWarrior on Instagram.

Sandy Zimmerman Just Became the First Mom to Complete an American Ninja Warrior Course

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Yesterday’s American Ninja Warrior episode did not disappoint. Story of the Year’s lead guitarist, Ryan Phillips competed, and Jessie Graff made a successful return after taking a break to be a stuntperson for Wonder Woman. But the best moment by far was when Sandy Zimmerman, a 42-year-old gym teacher from Washington, became the first mom to ever complete the obstacle course. (Related: How American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff Trains Her Upper Body)

“I wanna hit that buzzer for all of the moms out there, not just for me, but I feel like it’s a ‘we,'” she said before her successful run. “We so often put everything for us on the backburner.”

Zimmerman made a brutal set of obstacles look easy. Once she got to the final obstacle, the warped wall, she scaled it on her second try (everyone gets three tries on the wall) and stopped to flex for her fans before hitting the buzzer and making history. (Related: Jessie Graff’s Beach Workout Proves She Is the Most Badass Human Ever)

If you’re unfamiliar with ANW, the courses are designed to be extremely tough, even for the talented people who make it to the show. And each course gets increasingly challenging as the season goes on. (Last night’s episode was a city qualifier for the Seattle-Tacoma area.) Only one person, Isaac Caldiero, has ever won American Ninja Warrior by making it through the final round. (Related: This Obstacle Course-Style Workout Can Help You Train for Any Event)

So yeah, it was a BFD that Zimmerman completed the course, especially because she’d never made it past her second obstacle on previous attempts. At the same time, it’s not too shocking given her athletic history. In addition to being one of the most badass gym teachers of our time, Zimmerman is a judo champion and former basketball player for Gonzaga University. She’s a mom of three, and two of her kids, Brett and Lindsey, have competed on American Ninja Warrior Junior. Talk about #MomGoals.

8. Floating Monkey Bars (3:14.40) 10th 21st Nate Burkhalter Oil & Gas Engineer 8. Floating Monkey Bars (3:15.52) 11th 20th Nick Hanson Coach 8. Floating Monkey Bars (3:20.83) 12th 30th Sean Darling-Hammond Lawyer 8. Floating Monkey Bars (4:01.23) Digest. – 2nd Sean Bryan Catholic Church Worker 8. Floating Monkey Bars (2:20.20) Already earned the Speed Pass during Seattle-Tacoma qualifiers.

Top 2 Women Competitors

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 8th Jessie Graff Stuntwoman 9. Northwest Passage (4:34.00) Part of Top 12.
2nd 3rd (Women) Mady Howard ICU Nurse 8. Floating Monkey Bars (2:55.42) Part of Top 12.

Power Tower Result

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Winning Competitor Notes
1st 17th Dan Yager Salon Owner Karson Voiles
2nd 15th Karson Voiles Ninja Gym Owner
Earned the Safety Pass: Karson Voiles

Results of Other City Finalists

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Leif Sundberg Student 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
3rd Jake Murray Ninja Trainer 5. Lightning Bolts
6th Ben Martin College Student 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
7th Alex Hatch Tugboat Mate 5. Lightning Bolts
10th Lance Pekus Rancher 5. Lightning Bolts
11th Marquez Green College Student 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
12th Justin Gielski 5. Lightning Bolts All cut.
13th Sandy Zimmerman P.E. Teacher 8. Floating Monkey Bars 13th place.
14th Josh Kronberg 5. Lightning Bolts All cut.
16th Reko Rivera Entertainer 5. Lightning Bolts All cut.
18th Bart Copeland Concrete Business Owner 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
19th Jackson Meyer App Developer 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
22nd Rainer Jundt 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
24th Brandon Varner 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
25th Jeremy Taiwo U.S. Olympic Decathlete 2. Lunatic Ledges
27th Michael Larlee Financial Planner 5. Lightning Bolts All cut.
28th Gavin Maxwell 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
29th Glenn Albright 5. Lightning Bolts Digest.
4th (Women) Christi Marie P.E. Teacher 4. Broken Bridge Digest.
5th (Women) Meagan Martin Professional Rock Climber 5. Lightning Bolts

Trivia

  • Seattle-Tacoma finals on this season became:
    • the third ever instance in American Ninja Warrior history where no competitor was able to complete the city finals course (after American Ninja Warrior 8’s Philadelphia finals and American Ninja Warrior 9’s Kansas City finals), and
    • the first ever instance where no competitor was able to reach the final obstacle of the city finals course.
  • Besides having zero finishers in both city finals courses, Seattle-Tacoma finals on this season and American Ninja Warrior 9’s Kansas City finals coincidentally also featured:
    • the fifth obstacle that involved the competitors to hop a bar across the cradles (the Bar Hop and Lightning Bolts),
    • the Floating Monkey Bars as the eighth obstacle, and
    • the ninth obstacle that involved three angled pegboards (the Iron Maiden and Northwest Passage).
  • Seattle-Tacoma finals on this season also made Mady Howard as the eighth woman in American Ninja Warrior history to qualify for Las Vegas within the top 12 (top 15 for past seasons) – behind Kacy Catanzaro, Jessie Graff, Meagan Martin, Jesse Labreck, Rachael Goldstein, Michelle Warnky, and Allyssa Beird. She was also the second women to do so on her rookie season (after Jesse Labreck on American Ninja Warrior 8) and the first women ever to do so without finishing in the top 30 during city qualifiers round.

Baltimore Finals

Original Air Date: August 12th, 2019.

Obstacles

① Shrinking Steps
② Double Twister
③ Dangerous Curves
④ Hazard Cones
⑤ +Crank It Up
⑥ Warped Wall
⑦ Salmon Ladder
⑧ ^Angry Birds
⑨ *Cane Lane
⑩ *Spider Trap

^ – New Obstacle
* – Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior’s Seasons)
+ – Modified Obstacle (Compared to American Ninja Warrior 11’s City Qualifiers/Finals Course)

Top 12 Competitors

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 1st Dave Cavanagh Firefighter 8. Angry Birds (2:21.61) Already earned the Speed Pass during Baltimore qualifiers.
2nd 4th Lucas Reale Ninja Coach 8. Angry Birds (2:46.65)
3rd 11th Najee Richardson Motivational Speaker 8. Angry Birds (2:46.67)
4th 27th Julius Ferguson Rap Artist 8. Angry Birds (2:48.00) Digest.
5th 2nd Conor Galvin College Student 8. Angry Birds (2:48.60) Digest.
6th 3rd Anthony DeFranco High School Trach Coach 8. Angry Birds (2:57.84) Digest.
7th 10th Joe Moravsky Meteorologist 8. Angry Birds (3:05.10)
8th 19th Lucio Battista Personal Chef 8. Angry Birds (3:05.30) Digest.
9th 7th Branden McWilliams Welder 8. Angry Birds (3:14.12) Digest.
10th 12th Chris Wilczewski Gym Owner 8. Angry Birds (3:14.80) Digest.
11th 13th Joe Capobianco Gym Director 8. Angry Birds (3:17.53) Digest.
12th 8th Michael Silenzi Gym Manager 8. Angry Birds (3:17.77)
13th 9th Garrett Lam Rhodes Scholar 8. Angry Birds (3:18.37) Digest.
Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 25th Allyssa Beird Fifth Grade Teacher 8. Angry Birds (5:18.20)
2nd 4th (Women) Karter Ohlson College Student 5. Crank It Up (1:34.69)

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Winning Competitor Notes
1st 1st Dave Cavanagh Firefighter Dave Cavanagh
2nd 4th Lucas Reale Ninja Coach
Earned the Safety Pass: Dave Cavanagh
Place Name Profile Result Notes
5th Jamie Rahn Gym Owner 8. Angry Birds
6th Brandon Stenta Lab Technician 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
14th Tristan Poffenberger 3. Dangerous Curves Digest.
15th Alex Goodwin Animal Rescue Worker 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
16th Clayton Mirage Marine Biology Student 8. Angry Birds 14th place.
17th Zach Barefoot 8. Angry Birds All cut.
18th Eli Bell Gymnastics Coach 5. Crank It Up Digest.
20th Logan Kreglow Mechanical Engineer 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
21st Justin Andelin Zookeeper 5. Crank It Up Shown briefly during Akbar’s Gbajabia-Moments segment.
22nd Anthony Eardley Underwater Welder 8. Angry Birds
23rd Ryan Rattazzi College Student 8. Angry Birds Digest.
24th Ryan Lee Architectural Engineer 8. Angry Birds Digest.
26th Kevin Liang Financial Trader 5. Crank It Up
28th Jonathan Stevens HVAC Technician 8. Angry Birds All cut.
29th Daniel Eiskant Communications Student 5. Crank It Up Digest.
30th Zach Day College Student 8. Angry Birds All cut.
2nd (Women) Abby Clark Special Ed Teacher 5. Crank It Up Digest.
3rd (Women) Angela Gargano Gym Owner 5. Crank It Up
5th (Women) Cara Poalillo Podcaster 3. Dangerous Curves Digest.
  • Baltimore finals on this season became:
    • the fourth ever instance in American Ninja Warrior history where no competitor was able to complete the city finals course,
    • the first ever instance where two city finals courses on the same season had zero finishers,
    • the first ever instance where based on the chronological order of the episodes aired, the city finals course was never completed for two consecutive times, and
    • the first ever instance since American Ninja Warrior fully featured 10 obstacles in every city finals course (starting on American Ninja Warrior 5) where no competitor was able to reach the ninth and tenth obstacles of the city finals course.

Cincinnati Finals

Original Air Date: August 19th, 2019.

① Shrinking Steps
② +Ring Swing
③ Spinning Bridge
④ Wingnuts
⑤ +Slingshot
⑥ Warped Wall
⑦ Salmon Ladder
⑧ ~Slam Dunk
⑨ Spinball Wizard
⑩ *Spider Trap

^ – New Obstacle
~ – Fan-created Obstacle (Obstacle Design Challenge Winner)
* – Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior’s Seasons)
+ – Modified Obstacle (Compared to American Ninja Warrior 11’s City Qualifiers/Finals Course)

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 1st Ethan Swanson Gym Manager Clear (3:43.36) Already earned the Speed Pass during Cincinnati qualifiers.
2nd 12th Michael Torres Gym Manager Clear (4:01.20)
3rd 19th Dan Polizzi Firefighter Clear (4:23.87) Digest.
4th 25th Brandon Mears Firefighter Clear (4:43.50)
5th 15th Chris DiGangi Software Developer Clear (5:53.60) Digest.
6th 6th Jesse Labreck Ninja Gym Manager Clear (6:29.29) Third woman in American Ninja Warrior history to complete the city finals course.
7th 10th Michelle Warnky Gym Owner Clear (7:03.26) Second woman in American Ninja Warrior history to complete the city finals course (after Kacy Catanzaro during American Ninja Warrior 6’s Dallas finals).
8th 13th Tyler Smith Exterminator 9. Spinball Wizard (2:32.86) Digest.
9th 22nd Philip Scott Web Manager 9. Spinball Wizard (3:20.92)
10th 8th Trevor West College Student 8. Slam Dunk (3:04.71) All cut.
11th 11th Grant McCartney Flight Attendant 8. Slam Dunk (3:10.93)
12th 9th Sem Garay Professional Wrestler 8. Slam Dunk (3:38.00)
13th 5th Dustin Rocho Personal Trainer 8. Slam Dunk (3:56.60) Digest.

Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st 6th Jesse Labreck Ninja Gym Manager Clear (6:29.29) Part of Top 12.
2nd 10th Michelle Warnky Gym Owner Clear (7:03.26) Part of Top 12.
Place Qualifying Place Name Profile Winning Competitor Notes
1st 1st Ethan Swanson Gym Manager Michael Torres
2nd 12th Michael Torres Gym Manager
Earned the Safety Pass: Michael Torres
Place Name Profile Result Notes
2nd Jackson Twait College Student 3. Spinning Bridge
3rd Cameron Baumgartner College Student 3. Spinning Bridge All cut. Originally completed the course, but was later disqualified for touching the ropes that hold the spheres up.
4th Reese Pankratz 7. Salmon Ladder Digest.
7th Mike Bernardo Firefighter 4. Wingnuts Digest.
14th Jesse Maurer Cabinet Manager 5. Slingshot All cut.
16th Jonathan Cooley Auto Factory Worker 5. Slingshot Digest.
17th David Womelsdorf Pastor 5. Slingshot Digest.
18th Jesse Wildman Gym Instructor 5. Slingshot Digest.
20th Derrick Pavoni Pizza Maker 3. Spinning Bridge Digest.
21st Mike Wright Diving Coach 5. Slingshot Digest.
23rd Zane Paksi 4. Wingnuts All cut.
24th Phillip Hucke Arborist 5. Slingshot Digest.
26th Eddie Russell 4. Wingnuts Digest.
27th Christopher Gabayan 5. Slingshot Digest.
28th Cameron Nave Fast Food Cook 4. Wingnuts Digest.
29th Amanda O’Dell Cafeteria Lady 2. Ring Swing Digest.
30th Jeri D’Aurelio Army Jag Corps Captain 8. Slam Dunk Nineteenth woman to scale the Warped Wall on American Ninja Warrior. 14th place.
5th (Women) Jamie Ross Caregiver 4. Wingnuts Digest.
  • Cincinnati finals on this season became:
    • the first ever instance in American Ninja Warrior history where two female competitors were able to complete the city finals course, and
    • the second instance in American Ninja Warrior history where a course featured three fan-created obstacles, i.e. obstacles that won the American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge (Wingnuts, Slingshot, and Slam Dunk).

Las Vegas National Finals

Stage One

Original Air Date: August 26th, 2019 & September 2nd, 2019.

① *Archer Alley
② ^Spin Your Wheels
③ *Double Dipper
④ Jumping Spider
⑤ *Tire Run
⑥ Warped Wall
⑦ +Diving Boards
⑧ Twist & Fly

Time limit: 150 seconds.

^ – New Obstacle
* – Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior’s Seasons)
+ – Modified Obstacle (Compared to American Ninja Warrior 11’s City Qualifiers/Finals Course)

Results

Name Region Rank Result Notes
Michelle Warnky Cincinnati 7th 2. Spin Your Wheels
Kevin Bull Los Angeles 3rd 8. Twist & Fly
Flip Rodriguez Los Angeles 1st 7. Diving Boards Since he already earned the Safety Pass during Los Angeles finals, he would have a second attempt at Stage One.
Danell Leyva Los Angeles 4th 8. Twist & Fly
Karter Ohlson Baltimore 2nd (Women) 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Ronald Washington Atlanta 11th 5. Tire Run Digest.
Sem Garay Cincinnati 12th 3. Double Dipper
Nate Burkhalter Seattle-Tacoma 10th Clear (11.01 seconds left)
Anna Shumaker Los Angeles 2nd (Women) 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Lucio Battista Baltimore 8th 4. Jumping Spider Digest.
Brandon Mears Cincinnati 4th 7. Diving Boards Digest.
Brett Sims Atlanta 4th 2. Spin Your Wheels
Adam Rayl Los Angeles 7th Clear (37.76 seconds left)
Barclay Stockett Oklahoma City 2nd (Women) 6. Warped Wall Timed out.
David Campbell Los Angeles 5th 8. Twist & Fly Digest. Timed out.
Brian Kretsch Los Angeles 2nd 2. Spin Your Wheels Digest.
Ryan Stratis Atlanta 5th Clear (09.66 seconds left)
Conor Galvin Baltimore 5th 5. Tire Run Digest.
Jessica Clayton Atlanta 2nd (Women) 2. Spin Your Wheels Digest.
Lucas Reale Baltimore 2nd Clear (28.97 seconds left) Digest.
Philip Scott Cincinnati 9th 4. Jumping Spider
Najee Richardson Baltimore 3rd 5. Tire Run First time he fell at Stage One.
Chris DiGangi Cincinnati 5th Clear (08.10 seconds left)
Karson Voiles Seattle-Tacoma 2nd Clear (05.59 seconds left) Digest.
R.J. Roman Atlanta 6th Clear (07.95 seconds left) Digest.
Dan Polizzi Cincinnati 3rd Clear (07.85 seconds left) Digest.
Jesse Labreck Cincinnati 6th 8. Twist & Fly
David Wright Oklahoma City 5th 5. Tire Run Digest. Full run was shown on American Ninja Warrior’s official YouTube channel.
Kevin Carbone Atlanta 2nd Clear (18.86 seconds left) Digest.
Lorin Ball Seattle-Tacoma 4th Clear (04.73 seconds left) Digest.
Travis Rosen Atlanta 12th 7. Diving Boards Travis Rosen’s final American Ninja Warrior appearance.
Daniel Gil Oklahoma City 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (40.54 seconds left)
Caleb Bergstrom Atlanta 10th 7. Diving Boards
Nick Hanson Seattle-Tacoma 11th 8. Twist & Fly
Taylor Amann Oklahoma City 1st (Women) 4. Jumping Spider
Casey Suchocki Atlanta 13th Clear (04.34 seconds left)
Garrett Lam Baltimore 13th 2. Spin Your Wheels Digest.
Caitlyn Bergstrom Atlanta 1st (Women) 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Scott Behrends Seattle-Tacoma 9th 5. Tire Run Digest.
Tiana Webberley Los Angeles 1st (Women) 6. Warped Wall Timed out.
Seth Rogers Los Angeles 8th Clear (07.40 seconds left)
Matt Dolce Seattle-Tacoma 6th 2. Spin Your Wheels Digest.
Julius Ferguson Baltimore 4th 4. Jumping Spider Digest.
Dustin Rocho Cincinnati 13th 8. Twist & Fly Digest.
Brian Burk Los Angeles 10th 3. Double Dipper
Sean Bryan Seattle-Tacoma Speed Pass Winner 4. Jumping Spider Withdrew from the obstacle after injuring his shoulder. First time he failed to complete Stage One.
Karsten Williams Oklahoma City 3rd Clear (10.08 seconds left)
Mady Howard Seattle-Tacoma 8th 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Anthony DeFranco Baltimore 6th 8. Twist & Fly Digest. Timed out.
Dave Cavanagh Baltimore 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (15.43 seconds left) Digest.
Drew Drechsel Atlanta 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) 5. Tire Run Since he already earned the Safety Pass during Atlanta finals, he would have a second attempt at Stage One. First time he fell at Stage One since American Ninja Warrior 3 (SASUKE 27).
Allyssa Beird Baltimore 1st (Women) 5. Tire Run
Ben Udy Los Angeles 9th 3. Double Dipper
Verdale Benson Los Angeles 12th 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Tyler Smith Cincinnati 8th Clear (36.81 seconds left) Digest.
Joe Moravsky Baltimore 7th Clear (19.81 seconds left) Digest.
Jody Avila Oklahoma City 4th 5. Tire Run
Ethan Swanson Cincinnati 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (41.27 seconds left)
Alex Blick Oklahoma City 11th Clear (11.58 seconds left) Digest.
Josh Salinas Oklahoma City 9th Clear (32.05 seconds left) Digest.
Hunter Guerard Los Angeles Speed Pass Winner Clear (17.30 seconds left) Digest.
Tyler Gillett Atlanta 3rd Clear (27.55 seconds left) Digest.
Grant McCartney Cincinnati 11th Clear (06.56 seconds left)
Jeff Harris Oklahoma City 6th 3. Double Dipper Digest.
Ben Wales Oklahoma City 10th Clear (10.22 seconds left) Digest.
Michael Torres Cincinnati 2nd Clear (17.68 seconds left) Digest.
Jessie Graff Seattle-Tacoma 3rd 3. Double Dipper
Mathis “Kid” Owhadi Oklahoma City 2nd Clear (51.78 seconds left) Fastest Stage One clear of the season.
Scott Willson Los Angeles 6th 3. Double Dipper All cut.
Hunter Swan Los Angeles 11th 2. Spin Your Wheels All cut.
Jody Freeman Atlanta 7th 2. Spin Your Wheels All cut.
Kenny Niemitalo Atlanta 8th 6. Warped Wall All cut. Timed out. Injured his knee on Spin Your Wheels.
Caleb Auer Atlanta 9th 7. Diving Boards All cut.
Brian Burkhardt Oklahoma City 7th 2. Spin Your Wheels All cut.
Nick Fordney Oklahoma City 8th 2. Spin Your Wheels All cut.
Kendall Ortez Oklahoma City 12th 3. Double Dipper All cut.
Damir Okanovic Oklahoma City 13th 3. Double Dipper All cut.
Dan Yager Seattle-Tacoma 1st 4. Jumping Spider All cut.
David Moonen Seattle-Tacoma 5th 2. Spin Your Wheels All cut.
Zack Scholes Seattle-Tacoma 7th 8. Twist & Fly All cut. Timed out.
Sean Darling-Hammond Seattle-Tacoma 12th 8. Twist & Fly All cut.
Branden McWilliams Baltimore 9th 7. Diving Boards All cut.
Chris Wilczewski Baltimore 10th 3. Double Dipper All cut. First time he fell at Stage One.
Joe Capobianco Baltimore 11th 3. Double Dipper All cut.
Michael Silenzi Baltimore 12th 7. Diving Boards All cut.
Trevor West Cincinnati 10th 7. Diving Boards All cut.

Safety Pass Results

Name Usage Status Result Notes
Flip Rodriguez Used Clear (13.01 seconds left)
Karson Voiles Unused N/A
Dave Cavanagh Unused N/A
Drew Drechsel Used Clear (20.25 seconds left)
Michael Torres Unused N/A
Mathis “Kid” Owhadi Unused N/A

Stage Two

Original Air Date: September 9th, 2019.

① ^Giant Walk the Plank
② ^Extension Ladder
③ Snap Back
④ *Swing Surfer
⑤ ^Grim Sweeper
⑥ Water Walls

Time limit: 180 seconds.

^ – New Obstacle
* – Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior’s Seasons)

Name Region Rank Result Notes
Dan Polizzi Cincinnati 3rd 3. Snap Back
Mathis “Kid” Owhadi Oklahoma City 2nd 5. Grim Sweeper Since he already earned the Safety Pass during Oklahoma City finals, he would have a second attempt at Stage Two.
Karson Voiles Seattle-Tacoma 2nd 3. Snap Back Since he already earned the Safety Pass during Seattle-Tacoma finals, he would have a second attempt at Stage Two.
Nate Burkhalter Seattle-Tacoma 10th Clear (01.96 seconds left)
Dave Cavanagh Baltimore 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) 1. Giant Walk the Plank Since he already earned the Safety Pass during Baltimore finals, he would have a second attempt at Stage Two.
Michael Torres Cincinnati 2nd Clear (11.86 seconds left)
Alex Blick Oklahoma City 11th 4. Swing Surfer Digest.
Lucas Reale Baltimore 2nd Clear (23.73 seconds left) Digest.
Flip Rodriguez Los Angeles 1st 6. Water Walls Timed out.
Ben Wales Oklahoma City 10th 1. Giant Walk the Plank Digest.
Karsten Williams Oklahoma City 3rd Clear (36.38 seconds left) Digest. Full run was shown on American Ninja Warrior’s official YouTube channel.
Adam Rayl Los Angeles 7th Clear (30.80 seconds left)
Chris DiGangi Cincinnati 5th Clear (28.36 seconds left) Digest.
Kevin Carbone Atlanta 2nd Clear (31.56 seconds left) Digest.
Tyler Gillett Atlanta 3rd Clear (36.32 seconds left) Digest.
Grant McCartney Cincinnati 11th 2. Extension Ladder
Joe Moravsky Baltimore 7th Clear (48.07 seconds left)
Tyler Smith Cincinnati 8th Clear (62.67 seconds left)
Ethan Swanson Cincinnati 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (54.60 seconds left) Digest.
R.J. Roman Atlanta 6th Clear (11.81 seconds left) Digest.
Josh Salinas Oklahoma City 9th Clear (63.80 seconds left)
Ryan Stratis Atlanta 5th Clear (16.31 seconds left) Digest.
Lorin Ball Seattle-Tacoma 4th 4. Swing Surfer
Hunter Guerard Los Angeles Speed Pass Winner Clear (28.94 seconds left) Digest.
Seth Rogers Los Angeles 8th Clear (15.27 seconds left) Digest.
Casey Suchocki Atlanta 13th Clear (24.03 seconds left) Digest.
Drew Drechsel Atlanta 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (35.34 seconds left)
Daniel Gil Oklahoma City 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear (65.57 seconds left) American Ninja Warrior’s Stage Two Speed Record (during the regular season).

Name Usage Status Result Notes
Mathis “Kid” Owhadi Used Clear (11.53 seconds left)
Karson Voiles Used Clear (09.72 seconds left) Digest.
Dave Cavanagh Used 2. Extension Ladder
Michael Torres Voided N/A

Stage Three

Original Air Date: September 16th, 2019.

① ^Grip & Tip
② ~Iron Summit
③ +Crazy Clocks
④ *Ultimate Cliffhanger
⑤ ^Pipe Dream
⑥ +Cane Lane
⑦ Flying Bar

^ – New Obstacle
~ – Fan-created Obstacle (Obstacle Design Challenge Winner)
* – Modified Obstacle (Compared to Previous American Ninja Warrior’s Seasons)
+ – Modified Obstacle (Compared to American Ninja Warrior 11’s City Qualifiers/Finals Course)

Name Region Rank Result Notes
Ryan Stratis Atlanta 5th 2. Iron Summit
Michael Torres Cincinnati 2nd 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger
Chris DiGangi Cincinnati 5th 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Digest.
Ethan Swanson Cincinnati 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger
Hunter Guerard Los Angeles Speed Pass Winner 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Digest.
Lucas Reale Baltimore 2nd 5. Pipe Dream
Joe Moravsky Baltimore 7th 6. Cane Lane
R.J. Roman Atlanta 6th 2. Iron Summit Digest.
Drew Drechsel Atlanta 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear Third competitor in American Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three during the regular season.
Tyler Gillett Atlanta 3rd 6. Cane Lane Digest.
Karsten Williams Oklahoma City 3rd 5. Pipe Dream
Tyler Smith Cincinnati 8th 5. Pipe Dream Digest.
Seth Rogers Los Angeles 8th 6. Cane Lane
Nate Burkhalter Seattle-Tacoma 10th 2. Iron Summit Digest.
Casey Suchocki Atlanta 13th 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger Digest.
Kevin Carbone Atlanta 2nd 6. Cane Lane Digest.
Mathis “Kid” Owhadi Oklahoma City 2nd 4. Ultimate Cliffhanger
Karson Voiles Seattle-Tacoma 2nd 6. Cane Lane Digest.
Adam Rayl Los Angeles 7th 7. Flying Bar Fell while grabbing the resting bar after completing Cane Lane.
Josh Salinas Oklahoma City 9th 1. Grip & Tip
Daniel Gil Oklahoma City 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Clear Fourth competitor in American Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three during the regular season.

Stage Four

Original Air Date: September 16th, 2019.

① Rope Climb (75 feet)

Time limit: 30 seconds.

Name Region Rank Result Notes
Drew Drechsel Atlanta 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) Total Victory 2.54 seconds left. Third person to achieve total victory on American Ninja Warrior and earn the title of the third “American Ninja Warrior”. Since he became the only one who completed Stage Four, he was then declared as the winner and won the $1,000,000 cash prize. Last Man Standing.
Daniel Gil Oklahoma City 1st (Also Speed Pass Winner) 1. Rope Climb Timed out. About 70 feet up.

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ Crowns First Ever Winner After 7 Seasons

After seven seasons and thousands of competitors, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” finally crowned a winner, after not one, but two competitors completed the fourth and final stage of the challenge for the first time in the show’s history.

Since the series began in 2009, no athlete had ever progressed past the third stage of the competition, but in the season seven finale, both Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero finished the seemingly impossible course. Britten completed Stage 4 first, but Caldiero subsequently beat his time by 3.6 seconds, enabling him to win the challenge and the $1 million grand prize.

The series is based on Japanese competition series “Sasuke,” which has run for 31 seasons since 1997. Only four competitors have ever completed the course and achieved “total victory” in the Japanese version of the show. The “American Ninja Warrior” season finale was held in Las Vegas, and the course consisted of four stages and 23 total obstacles. The competitors had to successfully complete all three stages before tackling the ultimate Stage 4 obstacle, Mt. Midoriyama, which stands at 8-stories tall with a 75-foot rope climb. Britten and Caldiero had 30 seconds to scale the rope and hit the buzzer.

“Winning this event always seemed impossible,” Caldiero said. “As the first American Ninja Warrior I want to use this opportunity to inspire the world to find your impossible and conquer it.”

Caldiero is a 33-year-old rock climber and busboy who honed his skills by building replicas of Stage 3 in his back yard, while Britten is a 36-year-old sports cameraman.

“American Ninja Warrior” is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “Wizard Wars,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge”), along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.

An encore of the finale airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Esquire Network.

  • Sandy Zimmerman completed the American Ninja Warrior course and made history in the Seattle/Tacoma city finals.
  • The 42-year-old mom of three became the oldest woman to complete the obstacle course as well as the first mom to hit the buzzer.
  • Zimmerman’s family cheered her on from the crowd, and she celebrated her record-breaking run.

When Sandy Zimmerman rang the American Ninja Warrior buzzer Monday, she made her-story. At 42, Sandy became the first mother and oldest woman to complete the challenging obstacle course on NBC’s sports competition show.

Her husband and three kids cheered her on as she rocked through the course. Sandy is absolutely ripped and made each obstacle, from the ‘Shrinking Steps’ to the ‘Lunatic Ledges’ and ‘Lightning Bolts’, look way too easy. As she swung through the course, the announcers shouted, “This is the best run of her life.” The only obstacle to slow her progress was the very last, the Warped Wall, and she fell just shy of the top on her first attempt.

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Second time was the charm, though. Sandy had strength remaining to hold on with one arm and offer a celebratory fist pump to the crowd with the other. She slammed the buzzer to make it official and yelled, “The first mom!”

Check out her record-breaking run from start to finish:

Sandy worked hard to prepare for the competition with her whole family. Training for a successful American Ninja Warrior run is grueling. She is a physical education teacher in Spokane, WA, and she trained in her backyard on her family’s “ninja fortress.” She shared on Instagram, “No gym, no problem 😃 I don’t have access to any fancy ninja gym here in Spokane but I can improvise and make the most of our backyard course.”

In fact, The Spokesman-Review reported that her husband gave her the ‘Salmon Ladder’ section as an anniversary present. This obstacle, which features metal rungs that the contestant must traverse by moving a bar between them, requires explosive upper body strength and is extremely difficult for women.

Her kids and her husband train and compete right along with mom. “This was not just me,” Sandy told The Spokesman-Review. “It’s a team effort.”

Jennifer Nied Jennifer Nied is a contributing writer for Women’s Health with more than 10 years of writing and editing experience, specializing in wellness, adventure travel, and fitness, with work appearing in Budget Travel, American Spa, Women’s Health, and more.

‘First mother ever to hit a buzzer!’ 42-year-old mom dominates ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Amy Haneline USA TODAY Published 12:41 PM EDT Jun 25, 2019

We’re not crying, you’re crying!

Sandy Zimmerman just made major herstory: Not only was she the first woman to complete the course on the eleventh season of “American Ninja Warrior,” she become the first mother to ever climb the Warped Wall and hit that buzzer.

The 42-year-old is a mom of three and a physical education teacher in her hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Athletics is nothing new for the mama, whose athletic résumé includes a judo championship and college basketball at Gonzaga.

But let’s be real: she is a mother so we already know she is as strong as they come.

During Monday’s Seattle/Tacoma City qualifiers episode, Zimmerman tackled every obstacle with confidence: the Barrel Roll, the Broken Bridge, the Lightning Bolts and finally the infamous Warped Wall.

Sandy Zimmerman hits the buzzer on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. She is the first mother to hit the buzzer after climbing the warp wall. Matthew Hayward, NBC

Her husband and children watched as the mom failed her first attempt at the Warped Wall. But on her second attempt, she made it, and the crowd went wild!

“The first mom!” she screamed after hitting the buzzer. Then you can hear the commentators yelling “the first mother ever to hit a buzzer!”

Let the tears flow.

Plus this little girl’s reaction. OMG.

The first mom!

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The Salmon ladder, a set of metal rungs that an athlete ascends by lodging a bar between them one by one, is the first obstacle in a series of challenges in local teacher Sandy Zimmerman’s backyard. Zimmerman said this obstacle, an anniversary present from her husband, is extremely difficult for women to complete because of the explosive upper-body strength it requires.

But after months of work, Zimmerman said, she’s mastered it, along with the trapeze, the floating steps and dozens of other obstacles built into her family’s ninja fortress, all of them steps in her quest to be the first mother to complete the famously difficult obstacle course of the reality TV show “American Ninja Warrior.”

Zimmerman, who lives in Spokane and works as a physical education teacher at Michael Anderson Elementary at Fairchild Air Force Base, has competed on the show and in league ninja competitions around the U.S. for about three years. She said she started playing sports at a young age, and athleticism has been a constant through most of her life. Growing up in a military family, spending time in foster care, struggling academically and dealing with food insecurity issues as a child, she said sports was where she could always stand out.

“The whole rest of my day could be a struggle,” she said, “that’s where … I would shine.”

Zimmerman has turned her training into family time. Her children, Blake, 7, Lindsey, 9, and Brett, 12, compete in children’s league obstacle courses, and her husband, Charlie, took up the sport after she was injured on a trapeze obstacle and he ran a league competition in her honor.

Zimmerman, who is in her early 40s, said her family’s approach to the sport is different than most other competitors. Often, when they go to league ninja competitions, most of the other ninjas are single and in their 20s, and the parents in attendance are there to support their children.

“We’re one of the really unique families where every one of us does ninja and we cheer each other on and coach each other,” she said.

Fellow American Ninja Warrior contestant Barclay Stockett, 24, from Houston, said Zimmerman’s accomplishments as a ninja, mother and professional inspire her. Stockett, a former gymnast, said as a child she thought quitting sports was a part of growing up and getting a career, but as she became more involved in ninja and got to know athletes like Zimmerman, she realized sports can be her lifelong passion.

“It gives me hope in my future as an athlete,” she said.

While the Zimmermans’ approach sets them apart from others training as ninjas, Zimmerman said their location puts them at a disadvantage when training for the official America Ninja Warrior course. She said there are few local gyms with obstacles similar to those that appear on the show. With the help of her husband and a contractor, they have been able to recreate a few challenges on the ninja fortress in their backyard, but the family has to travel to ninja competitions and gyms around the country to keep in shape for the show.

She said traveling to other gyms helps her adapt to different versions of the same obstacles, and the league competitions prepare the family to perform in front of an audience.

“It’s just a different sport,” she said. “It’s just you and everybody’s watching.”

Zimmerman said she sat out this season because of her injuries, but now that she’s recovering, she’s already preparing for next year.

She is working on making Spokane more ninja-friendly by collaborating with a local physical therapist to potentially build a few ninja obstacles, and is training with a few American Ninja Warrior hopefuls.

She has also created a child-friendly version of the family’s backyard ninja fortress by moving some of the obstacles closer together, changing some of the rules of the challenges and placing better footholds. She teaches ninja classes for children and hosts an open gym time for adults looking to try out obstacles.

Zimmerman said the classes are designed to pass on the wisdom she learned from her sensei and coaches – she was a judo national champion as a teenager, as well as a basketball player at Gonzaga – as a child. She said some ninja challenges have taken her more than a year to master, and have taught her life lessons about perseverance and what it means to succeed.

“Did I fail for a year?” she asked. “Or did I just get a little better every day for a year?”

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