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Season 13 rewind: Five most popular articles

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We’re flashing back this Friday. Well, not too far back. We’re looking at some highlights from season 13 of American Ninja Warrior.

The 2021 season brought up a lot of discussion topics. The teens. The twists. The action. So what interested readers the most? We took a look to find out and delved into the five articles with the most traffic during the broadcast season.

Obviously, people were very interested in how things shook out during the final episode of the year. Our article discussing Kaden’s trip to Stage Four has been on the top of our records for a few weeks.

Below that is an article that made the rounds outside the Ninja Warrior community. When Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson shared our article about her husband, Andrew East’s run, a whole new audience learned a bit about the action.

In third place, everyone was excited about season three of American Ninja Warrior Junior!

Ranking below that were the viewers who were curious as to why they didn’t spot one of the top Ninjas during the last few episodes of the season.

Last, but not least, the season 13 premiere made a splash and a bunch of readers want to know how it all started!

Kick your weekend off with some rewind reading!

Top five most popular articles from the season

1.) Who won season 13 of American Ninja Warrior?

“After timing out on the Stage Four rope climb, 15-year-old Kaden Lebsack is the American Ninja Warrior season 13 Last Ninja Standing.”

2.) Former NFL player Andrew East had a completely respectable Ninja Warrior run

Shawn (Johnson) was in the hosts’ tower with Matt and Akbar during her husband’s run. She nervously anticipated every move he made. But both Andrew and Shawn were delighted with what was honestly... Not a shabby run. Andrew made it to the fourth obstacle, Air Surfer, when we expected him to fall a bit earlier than that. (Sorry, Andrew!)”

3.) Casting for season three of American Ninja Warrior Junior is now open.

American Ninja Warrior Junior is looking for kids ages 9-14 for the new season of Ninja competition. To apply on behalf of your child, submit an application through the casting website, here, before April 30th, 2021.”

4.) Why wasn’t Daniel Gil at the National Finals?

“Daniel Gil did not participate in the American Ninja Warrior season 13 National Finals because he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Las Vegas.”

5.) Season premiere recap

“American Ninja Warrior returned for its 13th season and things are off and running right out of the gate. Literally. The teen competitors came in hot and made a clear statement that they won’t be heading home soon. As they rose to the top of the leaderboard, some of the adults were set back on their heels, including a shocking surprise for Daniel Gil. We saw the introduction of Split-Decision and there are already Ninjas questioning their own logic.”