It took seven seasons for some of the fittest men and women on the planet to conquer even the third of four stages in American Ninja Warrior. And wouldn’t you know it, two men managed it on the same night.
Last night’s final saw eight competitors reduced down to two: Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero. And in case you didn’t see it, we have the rundown.
First up was Caldiero, trying to do what no one had done before in American Ninja Warrior: beat stage three.
(stop watching after his stage three run if you don’t want to be spoiled on the outcome yet)
Next up: Britten.
Which set up a completely unexpected showdown at stage four, a massive rope climb which competitors must scale in less than 30 seconds.
See, completing the course earns the title of American Ninja Warrior. But completing stage four fastest comes with a $1 million payday.
First up was Britten…
…who completed the course with just 0.35 seconds to spare. Britten joined just five other men as the only ones to ever complete all four stages of a Ninja Warrior course, and the first American to do it. The other five did so in Japan as part of the Sasuke competition which spawned American Ninja Warrior. That show now has more than 30 seasons under its belt. Britten easily holds the mark for closest to the time-out buzzer, although several other men have been within his margin on the other end – losing by less than half a second.
Britten’s victory meant that, not only did Caldiero need to beat the course, he needed to do so really, really fast.
Which, of course, he managed. Meaning that not only did Caldiero become the seventh Ninja Warrior in history, but he took home the prize purse over Britten.
It seems kind of crazy that such a thing could happen, but hey. Fitness is its own reward, right?
Maybe to the competitors. Ours reward is more often videos like this one: