LOS ANGELES QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 1

STORYLINE
The ninth season starts at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California with the qualifying course featured in Celebrity Ninja Warrior: the Floating Steps, Cannonball Drop, Fly Wheels, Block Run, Battering Ram, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include the "Island Ninja" Grant McCartney, stock trader Kevin Bull, stuntman Flip Rodriguez, and YouTube sensation Natalie Duran, while Olympic pole vaulter April Steiner Bennett and MIT student Charlie Andrews take on the course for the first time.


SAN ANTONIO QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 2

STORYLINE
ANW travels to San Antonio, Texas for the second qualifier. The course features the Floating Steps, Tic Toc, Spinning Bridge, Sky Hooks, Pipefitter, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include worship leader Daniel Gil, gym-owning friends Kacy Catanzaro and Brent Steffensen, plus Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton, while gymnastics teacher Barclay Stockett and Texas A&M student Will Smithee take on the course for the first time.


DAYTONA BEACH QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 3

STORYLINE
The Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida is the site of the third qualifier. The course includes the Floating Steps, Rolling Pin, Wingnuts, Broken Bridge, Rolling Thunder, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include stuntwoman Jessie Graff, elite trainer Drew Drechsel, boxing coach JJ Woods, and peck-flexing Eddy Stewart, while the designer of the Wingnuts, Kevin Carbone and NASCAR driver Ben Kennedy take on the course for the first time in front of the vibrant, energetic crowd.


KANSAS CITY QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 4

STORYLINE
Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri hosts the fourth qualifier of 2017. The obstacles featured are the Floating Steps, Hang Glider, Broken Pipes, Crank It Up, Bar Hop, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include rancher Lance Pekus, firefighters Brandon Mears and Dan Polizzi, and daredevil Ethan Swanson, while walk-on Jelani Allen and pizza maker Derrick Pavoni take on the course for the first time.


CLEVELAND QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 5

STORYLINE
The fifth qualifier is in Cleveland, Ohio (joining the Cavaliers and Indians in Cleveland sports.) The course features the Floating Steps, Rolling Log, Razor's Edge, Ring Jump, I-Beam Gap, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include "The Weatherman" Joe Moravsky, former gymnast Najee Richardson, "Captain NBC" Jamie Rahn, and last year's "Fantastic Four" - Jesse Labreck, Michelle Warnky, Allyssa Beird, and Rachael Goldstein.


DENVER QUALIFIERS

EPISODE 6

STORYLINE
Denver, Colorado (the Mile High City) hosts the sixth and final qualifying round this season. The course includes the Floating Steps, Ring Swing, Bouncing Spider, Paddle Boards, Rail Runner, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include Athleta model Meagan Martin, wacky Jake Murray, and the Wolfpack - Brian Arnold, Ian Dory, and Noah Kaufman, while Star Wars fan Luke Halterman and the "Wine Warrior" Tammy McClure take on the course for the first time.


LOS ANGELES CITY FINALS

EPISODE 7

STORYLINE
The top 33 competitors from the Los Angeles Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, Swinging Peg Board, Stair Hopper, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Grant McCartney, Kevin Bull, Flip Rodriguez, Josh Levin, Adam Rayl, and Charlie Andrews, along with top female Zhanique Lovett.


SAN ANTONIO CITY FINALS

EPISODE 8

STORYLINE
The top 34 competitors from the San Antonio Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles include the Salmon Ladder, Hourglass Drop, Spinball Wizard, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Daniel Gil, Kacy Catanzaro, Brent Steffensen, Jonathan Horton, Karsten Williams, Barclay Stockett, and the "Genie Ninja" Thomas Stillings.


DAYTONA BEACH CITY FINALS

EPISODE 9

STORYLINE
The top 34 competitors from the Daytona Beach Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, Giant Cubes, Circuit Board, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Drew Drechsel, Jessie Graff, JJ Woods, Travis Rosen, Kevin Carbone, Eddy Stewart, and Lindsay Eskildsen.


CLEVELAND CITY FINALS

EPISODE 10

STORYLINE
The top 33 competitors from the Cleveland Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles represented are the Salmon Ladder, Nail Clipper, The Clacker, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Joe Moravsky, Najee Richardson, Jamie Rahn, James McGrath, Jon Alexis Jr., Jesse Labreck, and Allyssa Beird.


KANSAS CITY CITY FINALS

EPISODE 11

STORYLINE
The top 35 competitors from the Kansas City Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles include the Salmon Ladder, Floating Monkey Bars, Iron Maiden, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Lance Pekus, Brandon Mears, Dan Polizzi, Ethan Swanson, Tyler Yamauchi, Maggi Thorne, and Morgan "Moose" Wright.


DENVER CITY FINALS

EPISODE 12

STORYLINE
The top 32 competitors from the Denver Qualifier tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, The Wedge, Ninjago Roll, and Elevator Climb. Favorites include Meagan Martin, Ian Dory, Lorin Ball, Brian Arnold, Dan Yager, Jeri D'Aurelio, and brothers Dalton and Drew Knapp.


LAS VEGAS - FINALS NIGHT 1

EPISODE 13

STORYLINE
The National Finals commence in Las Vegas, Nevada on Stage 1 with the top 100 athletes. The course features Snake Run, Propeller Bar, Double Dipper, Jumping Spider, Parkour Run, Warped Wall, Domino Pipes, and Flying Squirrel. Competitors include Joe Moravsky, Lance Pekus, JJ Woods, Jesse Labreck, Allyssa Beird, Lorin Ball, Barclay Stockett, Maggi Thorne, and many more. Those who finish move on to Stage 2.


LAS VEGAS - FINALS NIGHT 2

EPISODE 14

STORYLINE
The National Finals continue in Las Vegas, Nevada where the remaining athletes run Stage 1. Competitors include Drew Drechsel, Daniel Gil, Jessie Graff, Najee Richardson, Meagan Martin, Jamie Rahn, Adam Rayl, Sean Bryan, Abel Gonzalez, and Josh Salinas, among others. The finishers advance to Stage 2.


LAS VEGAS SEASON FINALE

EPISODE 15

STORYLINE
The Las Vegas Finals come to a close as the remaining 41 athletes tackle Stage 2, and possibly Stages 3 & 4. The redesigned Stage 2 features the Giant Ring Swing, Criss Cross Salmon Ladder, Wave Runner, Swing Surfer, Wingnut Alley, and Wall Flip. Stage 3 includes the Floating Boards, Key Lock Hang, Nail Clipper, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Curved Body Prop, Peg Cloud, Time Bomb, and Flying Bar. If anyone conquers Stage 4, they will claim $1,000,000 and the title of "American Ninja Warrior."


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