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Flip Rodriguez’s stage one run at the American Ninja Warrior National Finals

Flip went through incredible physical & emotional growth this season.

American Ninja Warrior fans are familiar with veteran Flip Rodriguez, but we’ve only seen him without his trademark mask for one season.

Before his Los Angeles City Finals run, he discussed the deeply personal reason he wore the mask. It inspired a whole new legion of fans to support him and changed the way we view his strength.

On the Stage One course, this strength was on display. There was a bit of splash from his Giant Log Grip landed that had us concerned his shoe was wet. He took extra swings on the Sonic Curve that ate up valuable seconds.

But Flip took a quick moment to compose himself and pushed on. He finished the course with just a few seconds to spare, but his calm strategy got him to stage two!