American Ninja Warrior brings out the best, brightest, and most daring athletes to try and conquer courses with obstacles that look nigh on impossible to most viewers watching from the comfort of their couches at home. The athlete contestants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds to try and make it to and up the Warped Wall, and some have done better than others. Fortunately, CinemaBlend was on site for American Ninja Warrior's dinosaur-filled Jurassic World night, and hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila weighed in on the kinds of athletes that are best-suited to conquer an American Ninja course:
According to the American Ninja Warrior hosts, the athletes with the best chances for success are those with a mixed background of training. Given that American Ninja Warrior debuted back in 2009 and just kicked off its tenth season, the newest generation of contestants had the chance to grow up watching Ninja Warrior and seeing what kind of preparation is necessary to make it to the final buzzer. Season 10 of American Ninja Warrior also lowered the age requirement from 21-years-old to 19-years-old, so the youngest athletes in the current season may not have even been in double digits when they first got a look at Ninja Warrior athletes.
In the first regular episode of the current season of American Ninja Warrior after the special celebrity edition that saw Ne-Yo dominate the Warped Wall, 19-year-old Mathis Owhadi showed just exactly how younger competitors with a background in Ninja Warrior training can outpace the competition, and some of these young contestants may not even be done growing yet!
That said, Akbar Gbajabiamila was also clear to point out that the more old school contestants who come from backgrounds of disciplines such as pole vaulting, rock climbing, and freerunning still have fighting chances at winning the top prize, even competing against athletes who may have been practicing for American Ninja Warriors for their whole lives. They just need to mix things up and try their hands on courses as part of their training. Also, competitors like Jessie Graff come from a background of stuntwork which, while not Ninja Warrior-specific, provides a variety of skills. The athletes who spent their lives preparing for American Ninja Warrior may have an edge, but more experienced Ninja Warriors like Graff and Drew Drechsel shouldn't be counted out.
Check out Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila on set of the Jurassic World episode of American Ninja Warrior talking about the competitors with the best chances for success on the show:
Tune in to NBC tonight at 8 p.m. ET to see the special Jurassic World edition of American Ninja Warrior, which will bring out Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas, although they won't compete. No night vision goggles required! New episodes of American Ninja Warrior continue this summer on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For more viewing options, be sure to check out our summer TV premiere guide. If you want to know what critics think of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, take a look at our breakdown of early reviews.