If you’re a Ninja yourself, or honestly have ever just had a tough run or workout, you know that sometimes you have to push through the pain to finish. Granted, pushing through the pain isn’t always ideal and can lead to a bigger injury, but when $1 million is on the line in American Ninja Warrior, you do your best to finish despite the odds.
Let’s look at some of the inspiring Ninjas who have pushed through the pain to keep their dream alive in season 11:
Michelle Warnky: A Bloody Face
After smashing her face on the Ring Swing in the Cincinnati City Qualifiers, blood was visible on her face but she just wiped it away with a towel and kept going. Later, Michelle told ANWN, “I don’t know if it was when I was going to land or if it was once I landed, but I remember feeling a lot of stuff coming down my face and being like ‘is that blood’...I just remember trying to wipe off what’s on my face and realizing it’s definitely blood.” She hit the buzzer that night and went on to the City Finals.
Flip Rodriguez: A Bum Leg
Flip took a bad fall on the Diving Boards in Stage One of the National Finals. He used his Safety Pass for a second chance and completed the course, but his injury gave him a clear disadvantage in Stage Two and he failed at the Water Walls. Watch Flip’s second go at Stage 1, after injuring his leg and using his Safety Pass.
Maggi Thorne: A Concussion
In the Oklahoma City Finals, Maggi took a bad fall and hit her face on the Diving Boards. She told Live Well Nebraska that “I said, ‘I’ve given birth to three kids, there’s no way I’m gonna stop now.’ ” Maggi has had concussions before and we late found out that she got another concussion that night, but she kept going.
LEAK: Maggi Thorne at the Oklahoma City Finals - American Ninja Warrior
You won’t believe this crazy save in OKC! American Ninja Warrior City Finals continue in Oklahoma City MONDAY 8/7c on NBC.Posted by Ninja Warrior on Thursday, July 25, 2019
Sean Bryan: A Shoulder Dislocation
Season 11 was Sean’s third straight year getting the Stage 3. In the Jumping Spider, he dislocated his shoulder, forcing Sean was forced to stop his run to get medical attention. We have nothing but respect for the Papal Ninja’s attempt to keep going. (There doesn’t appear to be a video of his run available online, which is probably for the better—the injury was not pretty.)