At the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day AfterBuzz TV grabbed the American Ninja Warrior hosts for a quick interview. Matt, Kristine and Akbar had some great answers when they were asked what Ninja stands out for each of them.
Answer: Jessie Graff - The first woman to complete Stage One of the National Finals
Why: “She’s just awesome, ripped, and she’s a woman and she crushes the course and she gets stronger and stronger every time I see her. And she has a pet pig.”
Everyone was excited to talk about Sammo Hog. They chatted about how Jessie uses Sammo in her pull up training, and that Matt once got a neck massage from the pig.
Answer: Steven Moul - A competitor with Autism who competed in Kansas City two years ago
Why: “We’ve only had two people complete the course, but I think one of the great things about the show is you can win in different ways. Sometimes just by getting on the course.”
Answer: Zach Gowen - A competitor with one leg who ran the course in Indianapolis during season eight
Why: “It’s crazy just to think he had that type of fortitude to look beyond his, you know, it’s not even a disability. It was his ability to go out there and compete.”
We imagine the hosts probably have A LOT of competitors they love, but these are all some great memories from the show!
Who’s your all-time favorite Ninja Warrior? Tell us in the comments below.