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Breaking down the ‘Split-Decisions’ of the Qualifiers

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Here are the choices made by the Ninjas who advanced to the Semifinals.

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Season 13 of American Ninja Warrior introduced an exciting new concept: Split-Decision.

This is a point on each course where the competitors must pick between two different obstacles. Fall on that obstacle and wonder forever if success would have been found on the path not taken.

On the Qualifying courses, the decision happens in the third position where the Ninjas have to pick a balance obstacle to take on. Below, we’ve logged which balance obstacle each of the advancing competitors opted to cross. To make their way into the top 30, they had to stay dry at this point.

Do these numbers prove there is a “right” choice to make on “Split-Decision”? Or is it really about individual talent and a smidge of luck? We’ll update this list as each of the Qualifying episodes air.


Qualifiers night one

  • Domino Effect: 8
  • Spinning Log: 24

  • Isaiah Thomas: Spinning Log
  • Elijah Browning: Spinning Log
  • Jody Avila: Spinning Log
  • Vinnie Castranova: Spinning Log
  • Jonathan Godbout: Domino Effect
  • Nate Pardo: Spinning Log
  • Daniel Gil: Spinning Log
  • Christian Youst: Spinning Log
  • Brian Burkhardt: Spinning Log
  • Alex Blick: Spinning Log
  • Caleb Dowden: Spinning Log
  • Ryan Meeks: Spinning Log
  • Isaiah Wakeham: Spinning Log
  • Cole Verble: Spinning Log
  • Isabella Wakeham: Domino Effect
  • Josh Norton: Domino Effect
  • Caleb Benson: Spinning Log
  • Wade Lopp: Spinning Log
  • Karman Selby: Domino Effect
  • Dan Wentworth: Spinning Log
  • Bryan Billingmeier: Spinning Log
  • Adam Naids: Spinning Log
  • Jeremy Clark: Spinning Log
  • Abel Gonzalez: Spinning Log
  • Lindsay Eskildsen: Domino Effect
  • Sam Sann: Spinning Log
  • Sophie Shaft: Domino Effect
  • Jonathan Horton: Spinning Log
  • Jade Buford: Spinning Log
  • Cory Torkelson: Spinning Log
  • Chynna Hart: Domino Effect (Fell)
  • Christie Brophy: Domino Effect (Fell)

Qualifiers night two

  • Broken Bridge: 11
  • Burn Rubber: 19

  • Kaden Lebsack: Burn Rubber
  • Lucas Reale: Burn Rubber
  • Joe Moravsky: Burn Rubber
  • Josiah Pippel: Burn Rubber
  • Anthony Porter: Broken Bridge
  • Victor Chan: Broken Bridge
  • Dan Champagne: Burn Rubber
  • Julius Ferguson: Burn Rubber
  • True Becker: Burn Rubber
  • Mike Beadle: Burn Rubber
  • Lance Pekus: Broken Bridge
  • Michael Larlee: Broken Bridge
  • Cody Johnston: Burn Rubber
  • Ruben Arellano: Burn Rubber
  • Vincent Pane: Burn Rubber
  • Xavier Dantzler: Burn Rubber
  • Jason Grossman: Broken Bridge
  • Jonah Bonner: Broken Bridge
  • Zhanique Lovett: Burn Rubber
  • Will Schlageter: Burn Rubber
  • DC Banks: Burn Rubber
  • Jose Gomez: Burn Rubber
  • Sandy Zimmerman: Broken Bridge
  • Deren Perez: Broken Bridge
  • Francisco Barajas: Burn Rubber
  • Sophia Lavalee: Broken Bridge
  • Perry Madison: Burn Rubber
  • Brian Montagnese: Burn Rubber
  • Brittney Durant: Broken Bridge
  • Tiana Webberley: Broken Bridge

Qualifiers night three

  • Domino Effect: 30
  • Spinning Log: 3

  • R.J. Roman: Domino Effect
  • Amir Malik: Domino Effect
  • Enzo Wilson: Spinning Log
  • Owen Dyer: Spinning Log
  • Kevin Carbone: Domino Effect
  • Max Feinberg: Spinning Log
  • Austin Hair: Domino Effect
  • Brett Hernandez Strong: Domino Effect
  • Dan Polizzi: Domino Effect
  • Vance Walker: Domino Effect
  • Brett Sims: Domino Effect
  • Tyler Gillett: Domino Effect
  • WeiWei Qin: Domino Effect
  • Nico Gentry: Domino Effect
  • Devin Harrelson: Domino Effect
  • Kenny Tran: Domino Effect
  • Shaq Leach: Domino Effect
  • DeShawn Harris: Domino Effect
  • Josh Wagg: Domino Effect
  • Ben Whitlow: Domino Effect
  • Josiah Singleton: Domino Effect
  • Bob Reese: Domino Effect
  • Brad Giles: Domino Effect
  • Todd Bourgeois: Domino Effect
  • KC Boutiette: Domino Effect
  • Glenn Davis: Domino Effect
  • Alyssa Varsalona: Domino Effect
  • Charity LeBlanc: Domino Effect
  • Tony Miles: Domino Effect
  • Lenny Lopez: Domino Effect
  • Megan Budway: Domino Effect
  • Cara Mack: Domino Effect
  • Heather Weissinger: Domino Effect

Qualifiers night four

  • Log Runner: 29
  • Block Run: 1

  • Jake Murray: Log Runner
  • Sean Bryan: Log Runner
  • Ethan Swanson: Block Run
  • Nate Hansen: Log Runner
  • Matt Bradley: Log Runner
  • Caiden Madzelan: Log Runner
  • Jay Lewis: Log Runner
  • Jonah Munoz: Log Runner
  • Tage Herrington: Log Runner
  • Adam Rayl: Log Runner
  • David Campbell: Log Runner
  • Luke Dillon: Log Runner
  • Meagan Martin: Log Runner
  • Austin Gray: Log Runner
  • Devan Alexander: Log Runner
  • Addy Herman: Log Runner
  • Mike Wright: Log Runner
  • Chad Flexington: Log Runner
  • John Uga: Log Runner
  • Alex Begolly: Log Runner
  • Logan Kreglow: Log Runner
  • Abby Clark: Log Runner
  • Quinn Nguyen: Log Runner
  • Luciano Acuna Jr: Log Runner
  • Anthony Eardley: Log Runner
  • Paul Fisher: Log Runner
  • Casey Rothschild: Log Runner
  • Judas Licciardello: Log Runner
  • Rachel Degutz: Log Runner
  • Brian Kretsch: Log Runner

Qualifiers night five

  • Log Runner: 31
  • Block Run: 3

  • Kai Beckstrand: Log Runner
  • Cal Plohoros: Log Runner
  • Tyler Yamauchi: Block Run
  • Cam Baumgartner: Log Runner
  • Jackson Twait: Log Runner
  • Joe Meissner: Log Runner
  • Kyle Soderman: Log Runner
  • Hunter Guerard: Log Runner
  • Chris Behrends: Log Runner
  • John Mack: Log Runner
  • Eric Middleton: Log Runner
  • Sam Folsom: Log Runner
  • Mike Silenzi: Log Runner
  • Philip Scott: Log Runner
  • Brian Beckstrand: Log Runner
  • Joe Brown: Log Runner
  • Jesse Labreck: Log Runner
  • Jamie Rahn: Log Runner
  • Flip Rodriguez: Log Runner
  • Donovan Metoyer: Log Runner
  • Ben Martin: Log Runner
  • Nick Hanson: Log Runner
  • Sem Garay: Log Runner
  • Marquez Green: Log Runner
  • Roo Yori: Block Run
  • Jason Barber: Log Runner
  • Andrew Stoinski: Log Runner
  • Marcelino Riley: Block Run
  • Nathan Green: Log Runner
  • Kyle Schulze: Log Runner
  • Megan Rowe: Log Runner
  • Taylor Amann: Log Runner
  • Jamie Ross: Log Runner
  • Ava Colasanti: Log Runner