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As Team Ninja Warrior finals begin, watch just how crazy it’s been

As Team Ninja Warrior finals begin, watch just how crazy it’s been
Team Ninja Warrior has competitors running the course side by side, often in sync with each other. (Photo by Brandon Hickman/Esquire Network)

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior has always been a show where you can tune in any episode, any segment, and see truly stunning athleticism.

Even when the competitors fail, what they’re attempting often seems so crazy that what they have accomplished is amazing, especially from the vantage point of my couch.

What Esquire’s spin-off Team Ninja Warrior has accomplished in its six episodes so far is something even more impressive.

By combining competitors into teams and letting two people race through the course at the same time, the show has both upped the drama and intensity.

Sometimes the competitors fly through the course in near-synchronicity, as if they were doing that intentionally, while other times one person barrels ahead and is so much faster that it’s even more crazy.

You can moments of that in the video in this story, which are the first minute of Tuesday’s episode, which mostly recaps what’s come so far this season and can’t been seen anywhere else but here until the show starts its final round of competition Tuesday (Esquire, 8 p.m.), leading into the March 8 finale.

Team Ninja Warrior finalists

Team Ninja Warrior, Esquire
Here are the teams that won during the first six episodes and will compete in the finals these next two weeks.

Team TNT

  • Travis Rosen (captain), Franklin, Tenn.
  • Adam Arnold, Springfield, MO
  • Joyce Shahboz, Gainesville, Fla.

Team Midoryama

  • Ian Dory (captain), Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Dan Yager, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Meagan Martin, Boulder, Colo.

Team Ronin

  • Flip Rodriguez (captain), Miami, Fla.
  • JJ Woods, Miami, Fla.
  • Tiana Webberly, Newhall, Calif.


  • Kevin Bull (captain), Scotts Valley, Calif.
  • Alan Connealy, Concord, Calif.
  • Luci Romberg, Valley Glen, Calif.

Lab Rats

  • Brian Wilczewski (captain), Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • Chris Wilczewski, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Michelle Warnky, Worthington, Ohio

Party Time

  • Brian Arnold (captain), Brighton, Colo.
  • Jake Murray, Denver, Colo.
  • Jennifer Tavernier, Hopkins, Minn.

Stratisfaction (wildcard)

  • Ryan Stratis (captain), Kennesaw, Ga.
  • Grace Jones, Kennesaw, Ga.
  • Mike Bernardo, Washington, DC

Storm Team Moravsky (wildcard)

  • Joe Moravsky (captain), Sherman, Conn.
  • Rob Moravsky, Burbank, Calif.
  • Marybeth Wang, Riverview, Fla.

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