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6 pictures from the Los Angeles Qualifiers that take you into the heart of the action

Take a look at the premiere episode of American Ninja Warrior season nine from a whole new angle.

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American Ninja Warrior is such a fast paced competition. It can be hard to really soak in all the important, special moments as they whoosh past on your TV set. These Ninjas are having the night of their lives, creating memories they’ll never forget and inspiring the country.

Here are six behind-the-scenes shots that will suck you into the electric atmosphere that is an American Ninja Warrior taping.

Joe Heiden demonstrating just what strength looks like. No fear. No doubts.

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Zhanique Lovett processing what she just accomplished with her family there to support her.

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We’re not quite sure what Alan Connealy is up to here, but it looks awesome!

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Sean Bryan soaks in his moment at the top of the Warped Wall.

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Rebekah Bonilla looks like a champion striding out of the pool.

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Grant McCartney gets Kristine Leahy to crack up during her interview with him.

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You can find more photos from this season of American Ninja Warrior here.