First, some unfortunate news. It looks like Kevin Carbone won’t be able to compete in season 12 of American Ninja Warrior. The Maker Ninja announced on Instagram that he broke his wrist and would be getting surgery. He described how difficult it will be to sit out for a few months, but finished the post with #thankful, so we hope he heals quickly!
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My wrist is broken but my spirt is.. well kinda broken too. Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior is not looking too real for me at the moment. Going to have surgery soon. . Right before this, I was having a conversation with a friend about being one of those people who has a hard time appreciating the good things in life. I think this will help. . I haven’t been posting anything lately, since sometimes, IG just feels like a huge energy drain.. but I will have too much free time soon so expect some content. . If I don’t respond to comments right away it’s because it’s really hard to be on here and see all my friends playing/training/competing. . @ethanswanson I was planning on putting all my efforts into qualifying for UNX Major 3. But that’s not gunna happen lol. Huge congratulations on you and the team’s success with @unx.now And good luck to everyone out there who’s hoping to compete. Crush it guys ♥️ . #thankful
We hope Kevin can keep his spirits up and based on his Q&A on the official Ninja Warrior Instagram account about a month ago, we’re sure he’ll come up with a new obstacle or two in the downtime (he’s already hinted at some exciting new ideas).
Here are some of the questions and answers for the budding obstacle designers out there:
evan_brach: What type of pipe should I use for the salmon ladder? @themakerninja they all end up bending
Kevin: Good question. Call a local metal supplier and ask for a 1.25-inch outside diameter aluminum pipe with a wall thickness of schedule 80. Won’t bend! Should be about $60
cambreemartens: What is your favorite obstacle you’ve created?
Kevin: The Wingnuts! To this day
dapuglova: Where did you come up with the Wingnuts?
Kevin: Haha! The idea came to me in the shower... where all the best ideas are born!!
alyssa.grace.g also asked how he came up with the idea and Kevin shared a little bit more:
The idea was inspired by the rope swing in my backyard! I loved the idea of swinging sideways!
jaidan._.loves._.doggos: What’s your least favorite obstacle?
Kevin: Probably the jumping spider. I don’t like spiders..
joey_sabia_: What’s ur favorite obstacle u have ever tried?
Kevin: My favorite is the Double Dipper. When I did it for the first time it was a huge rush of speed and adrenaline!!