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What you didn’t see: Daytona City Finals

The Salmon Ladder still has some sting to it.

Michael Murdick
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The American Ninja Warrior Daytona City Finals episode was a thrilling adventure for fans. Jessie Graff battled all the way to the Elevator Climb. As the last runner of the night, we held our breath, and then screamed with joy when Drew Drechsel became the first and only finisher.

Behind the scenes, the night was just as exciting. The Giant Cubes were a massive hurdle, but eight Ninjas found a way to defeat them. The Salmon Ladder demonstrated why it’s STILL a formidable obstacle even after all these years. Let’s take a look at the few things there wasn’t time to include in the broadcast.

We saw on TV: 31 Ninjas attempted to reach the buzzer

Night of recording: 34 Ninjas gave it their all

We saw on TV: 5 Ninjas slipped up at the Salmon Ladder

Night of recording: 6 Ninjas were taken out by the iconic obstacle

We saw on TV: 4 Ninjas stuck on Rolling Thunder

Night of recording: Bingo. 4 Ninjas didn’t make it past the fifth obstacle

We saw on TV: 10 Ninjas stuck on the very hard new obstacle, the Giant Cubes

Night of recording: 11 Ninjas took the long plunge into the water here

Tukrong Klengdong
Myron Luzniak/NBC

Here are all the competitors, and where they completed their runs

Please note: These are unofficial results based on witnessing the competition first hand. If you think I’ve miss-recorded something, let me know in the comments! Additionally, names are organized by obstacle and listed in no particular order beyond that.

  • Ricky Vu: Floating Steps
  • Adriane Alvord: Rolling Pin
  • Jonathan Lorch: Wingnuts
  • Cedric Idudu: Wingnuts
  • Steven Cen: Broken Bridge
  • Emily Durham: Rolling Thunder
  • Bootie Cothran: Rolling Thunder
  • Bree Widener: Rolling Thunder
  • Lindsay Eskildsen: Rolling Thunder
  • Josh Butler: Salmon Ladder
  • Oscar Ramirez: Salmon Ladder
  • Faris Xero: Salmon Ladder
  • Les Bradley: Salmon Ladder
  • Tukrong Klengdong: Salmon Ladder
  • Brett Sims: Salmon Ladder
  • Royall Eason: Giant Cubes
  • Michael Murdick: Giant Cubes
  • Eddy Stewart: Giant Cubes
  • Michael Johnson: Giant Cubes
  • Dustin Fishman: Giant Cubes
  • Alexio Gomes: Giant Cubes
  • Rigel Henry: Giant Cubes
  • Nick Patel: Giant Cubes
  • Lucas Gomes: Giant Cubes
  • Ryan Stratis: Giant Cubes
  • Reko Rivera: Giant Cubes
  • Casidy Marks: Circuit Board
  • Tyler Gillett: Circuit Board
  • Travis Rosen: Circuit Board
  • Kevin Carbone: Circuit Board
  • JJ Woods: Elevator Climb
  • Sean Darling-Hammond: Elevator Climb
  • Jessie Graff: Elevator Climb
  • Drew Drechsel: Complete
Jonathan Lorch
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