Tuesday, September 15, 2015

First 'American Ninja Warrior' is Crowned

Issac Calierio won the title of "American Ninja Warrior" on September 14, 2015.
Issac Calierio became the first ANW winner on September 14, 2015.
(L-R) Noah Kauffman, Brian Arnold, Isaac Caldiero, Ian Dory
 (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)
Well, it finally happened. For the first time in seven years, NBC's American Ninja Warrior awarded its first winner last night. Isaac Caldiero, a 33-year-old rock climber beat out hundreds of contestests to become the first “warrior.” Up until this point, no contestant had ever made it page stage 3. Stage 4 features only one obstacle, but it is a big one. Called “Mr. Midoriyama, it is an 8-story, 75-foot rope climb.

But Caliero wasn't alone at the top. Both he and Geoff Britten made it through to the end, but Caliero finished the course 3.6 seconds faster. What difference does 3.6 seconds make? About $1 million.

“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.”

American Ninja Warrior is based on the similar Japanese series, Sasuke which has aired 31 seasons since 1997. That show has seen four competitor complete the course.

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