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Artis Thompson III had the most inspiring American Ninja Warrior run in Oklahoma City

From our recap: Artis Thompson III continued this season’s legacy of proving that success isn’t at the buzzer, it’s at the starting line.

Artis has faced some terrifying hurdles in the past few years. He lost his older brother, who he referred to as a father-figure, in a motorcycle accident. Then, he lost his leg in an accident.

His focus and resilience is apparent. But it was tested after he fell on the Log Runner. Instead of an automatic out, Artis pulled strength from every corner of his mind and body to somehow defy logic and wedge his way across the remaining logs.

While it tapped his muscles, and he took a swim from the Tire Swing, it was an epic moment. It was a Ninja flat out saying no to the odds and ignoring expectations.