Having confidence, yet knowing how to deal with failure is the name of the game for Karsten Williams. Since this is Karsten’s 7th season on American Ninja Warrior, he has seen, experienced, and felt it all. He has celebrated on top of the Mega Wall, and he has fallen on the first obstacle.
Karsten wants victory, trains for victory, and has the confidence in himself that he can achieve total victory, saying, “This season I want to go all the way. I want to get to that rope. I know I have the ability to do that. I expect that. I’ve been training better. I feel much better prepared this season. I’m looking forward to doing some big things.”
However, Ninja Warrior isn’t all about the victories. There are important lessons to be learned from American Ninja Warrior, with “learning how to fail” at the top of the list. Karsten never wants to fail, but when it happens, he is a positive role model. “I want the audience to learn that they can also learn to handle failure in a good way. Use that as motivation to push yourself to work hard. Also to show that it’s a part of the process. If you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals and your path is different from the next person’s.”
In true Karsten Williams fashion, his path on the Oklahoma City Qualifiers course was different than everyone else’s. He had hiccups on the Ring Swing and the Fly Wheels, yet still managed to get through both obstacles with impressive speed. One last misstep on the Mega Wall took him out of the running for the Power Tower, but he still managed to walk away with a cool $5,000 in his pocket.
Karsten, we know anything can happen in Ninja Warrior, but we hope your training and confidence lead you to the top of the rope this season.