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Warning! The following contains spoilers for American Ninja Warrior Season 11. Read at your own risk!
In what has become a historic season of American Ninja Warrior, Drew Drechsel has finally conquered all stages of the competition. The Season 11 champion has won it all and become the second person in the show's history to win the $1,000,000 in prize money. So, what's next for Drechsel after American Ninja Warrior?
According to the show's new champion, he's going to be training for more seasons of American Ninja Warrior. For any competitors hoping they wouldn't have to go through Drew Drechsel to be the next person to complete the series and win it all, that isn't happening. Drechsel has no plans to quit doing the show anytime soon despite his historic win.
I mean, I don’t know. I think a lot of people think that it just hasn’t sunk in yet, and I feel like it has, but it’s not like I’m retiring, right? It’s something I’ve been training for a long time to do, and I’m very excited to finally accomplish it, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m not done. Not by any long shot. I’m not just going to walk away from here. I’m going to come back next year. I’m going to try to do it again. My goal wasn’t just to win, but to dominate, and come back, and win over and over, and always set the bar higher and higher, and push everyone. So, I don’t know. I think it has set in, I’m just not done.
For context, Drew Drechsel was only a few days removed from his win when he did this interview with American Ninja Warrior Nation. Drechsel was still on the mend, and noted that his ribs were "still bleeding" and his body was still aching after climbing Mt. Midoriyama in under 30 seconds. Drechsel's win came from an explosive start, in which he climbed a dozen or so feet relying solely on arm strength.
The pressure was on in this historic moment, as Drew Drechsel had to do more than simply compete the climb in under 30 seconds. Daniel Gil also had a shot at the prestigious title, but ended up falling short and timing out with feet to go before completing. Drechsel was there at the top to greet Gil after the fact, and the two hugged in a great show of sportsmanship in a competitive season of American Ninja Warrior.
It's also been a pretty historic (and entertaining) season with plenty of firsts happening over the weeks of the competition. American Ninja Warrior had its first mom beat a course, and two women completed the City Finals course for the first time in the same night! Not every Ninja's dreams came true this season, but if it's any consolation, that may just mean they'll be back for another season to try and make history all over again.
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