Episode two of Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness was a bit of a rough patch for the University of Oklahoma. The team, made up of students Taylor Neitsch, Candace Caldwell and Reese Tomberlin, all put forth a great effort, but only won one of their matches.
But like all good competitive athletes, they each came off the course ready to learn from their mistakes and hungry get better. American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff was on the sidelines and was able to offer them some play by play advice on the obstacles that troubled them.
Jessie is the only woman on American Ninja Warrior to complete Stage One of the National Finals, and competed in the first season of Team Ninja Warrior. She knew exactly what went wrong for Oklahoma, and how Taylor and Candace can avoid those pitfalls in the future.
Candace had struggled on the first obstacle, the Sonic Swing. After trying to recover, she ended up fully in the water and was disqualified.
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Jessie broke down a successful approach to a weighted rope.
Taylor had gotten his feet wet on the Swing Jump early in his run. When he reached the Pole Grasper, he had no traction left.
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Jessie told him how to make the most of the entry into the Pole Grasper, and the moves that would minimize the time and effort it takes to cross it.
In the end, Jessie knew exactly how frustrated Taylor and Candace felt. She pointed out that no amount of preparation can truly guarantee success on a Ninja Warrior course.
You can read a full recap of the episode here.