American Ninja Warrior 13 is the thirteenth season of American Ninja Warrior, and the second season after Drew Drechsel's total victory on American Ninja Warrior 11, disregarding Daniel Gil's recent win on American Ninja Warrior 12 due to the format change.

Due to uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is initially unclear how this season's format would look like. However, in late January 2021, competitors started getting calls to compete. Shortly afterwards, details regarding filming were announced:

  • All competitors will start at Tacoma Dome for qualifiers, taped in late March. There will be five qualifiers episodes.
  • The top 30 competitors and top 5 women in each qualifiers episode will advance to the semifinals, taped at the Universal Studios Backlot in Los Angeles in mid-April. There will be four semifinals episodes.
  • Finally, top competitors in the semifinals will advance to the national finals in Las Vegas, taped in May. The $1,000,000 cash prize is reinstated.

While the competition is not returning to the format where it "tours" in five or six cities, the national finals are returning after missing out during the previous season, and more competitors have been invited to compete. However, due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, there will still be no live audience and no walk-on line.

In addition, while the application process is still only open to those who are 19 years old and older, some competitors as young as 15 years old have received special invitations to compete (most of them are former American Ninja Warrior Junior competitors). This change was intended for the previous season, but was tabled due to the modified season.

This season features several changes for the competition:

  • During both qualifiers and semifinals, competitors will face the Split Decision, a point on the course where they will have to pick between two different obstacles. This concept can be traced to Crossroads, a notable VIKING obstacle and this concept has been used in multiple international Ninja Warrior formats such as Ninja Israel and Ninja Warrior France:
    • In qualifiers, the Split Decision will occur on the third obstacle, in which competitors must choose between two different balance obstacles.
    • In semifinals, the Split Decision will occur on the ninth obstacle, giving competitors the opportunity to choose between an upper-body intensive obstacle or a heavily modified balance obstacle.
  • The Power Tower will not return during qualifiers. Instead, the top two competitors in each semifinals episode will have the opportunity to run the Power Tower for the Safety Pass, giving the winners an opportunity to reattempt either Stage One or Stage Two at the national finals if they fail.
  • The Mega Wall returns for qualifiers, with the same rules from the previous season. Competitors have one attempt to scale the 18-foot Mega Wall, and will earn $10,000 upon successfully doing so, but if they fail, they have just one attempt to complete the regular 14.5-foot Warped Wall (it was initially reported that competitors would have two attempts on the regular wall after failing the Mega Wall, but this change was later reverted).

Qualifiers

QF EP 1

Original Air Date: May 31st, 2021.

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
^Overpass
Split Decision (^Domino Effect or Spinning Log)
^Tipping Point
^V Formation
Warped Wall / Mega Wall

^ - New Obstacle

Top 30 Competitors

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Isaiah Thomas H.S. Sophomore Clear (2:16.67) Attempted the Mega Wall, but failed to complete it.
2nd Elijah Browning H.S. Sophomore Clear (2:19.19)
3rd Jody Avila HVAC Technician Clear (2:25.97) Digest.
4th Vinnie Castranova Plumber Clear (2:42.84) Digest.
5th Jonathan Godbout H.S. Junior Clear (3:02.24)
6th Nate Pardo H.S. Student 5. V Formation Digest. Third section.
7th Daniel Gil Worship Leader 5. V Formation First section. First time he fell in qualifiers.
8th Christian Youst H.S. Sophomore 5. V Formation Digest. Third section.
9th Brian Burkhardt Lawyer 5. V Formation All cut.
10th Alex Blick 5. V Formation All cut.
11th Caleb Dowden Dairy Farmer 5. V Formation Transition to third section.
12th Ryan Meeks 5. V Formation All cut.
13th Isaiah Wakeham College Student 5. V Formation Digest. Third section.
14th Cole Verble 5. V Formation All cut.
15th Isabella Wakeham H.S. Junior 5. V Formation Third section.
16th Josh Norton 5. V Formation All cut.
17th Caleb Benson 5. V Formation All cut.
18th Wade Lopp College Student 5. V Formation Digest. First section.
19th Karman Selby 5. V Formation All cut.
20th Dan Wentworth 5. V Formation All cut.
21st Bryan Billigmeier 5. V Formation All cut.
22nd Adam Naids NASA Aerospace Engineer 5. V Formation Third section.
23rd Jeremy Clark ICU Nurse 5. V Formation Digest. Transition to second section.
24th Abel Gonzalez Gym Owner 5. V Formation Digest. Dismount to landing platform.
25th Lindsay Eskildsen Graphic Designer 5. V Formation Transition to second section.
26th Sam Sann Gym Owner 5. V Formation Third section.
27th Sophie Shaft H.S. Sophomore 4. Tipping Point Transition to second board.
28th Jonathan Horton 2008 Olympic Gymnast 4. Tipping Point Dismount to landing platform.
29th Jade Burford NASCAR Driver 4. Tipping Point Digest. Dismount to landing platform. First NASCAR Driver to advanced to the semifinals.
30th Cory Torkelson 4. Tipping Point All cut.

Top 5 Women Competitors

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Isabella Wakeham H.S. Junior 5. V Formation Part of Top 30.
2nd Lindsay Eskildsen Graphic Designer 5. V Formation Part of Top 30.
3rd Sophie Shaft H.S. Sophomore 4. Tipping Point Part of Top 30.
4th Chynna Hart Engineering Student 3. Domino Effect Digest.
5th Christie Brophy Air Force Veteran 3. Domino Effect Digest.

Trivia

  • This episode set a new record for the fewest clears during qualifiers with just five, beating Venice Beach qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 7 which had seven.


QF EP 2

Original Air Date: June 7th, 2021.

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
Weight for It
Split Decision (Broken Bridge or Burn Rubber)
^Tipping Point
^V Formation
Warped Wall / Mega Wall

^ - New Obstacle

Top 30 Competitors

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Kaden Lebsack H.S. Sophomore Clear (1:49.09)
2nd Lucas Reale Clear (2:02.89) Digest.
3rd Joe Moravsky Clear (2:04.10) First competitor to complete the Mega Wall this season.
4th Josiah Pippel H.S. Freshman Clear (2:53.76) Attempted the Mega Wall, but failed to complete it.
5th Anthony Porter Archery Teacher Clear (3:01.48) Digest.
6th Victor Chan Software Engineer Clear (3:06.58) Digest. Attempted the Mega Wall, but failed to complete it.
7th Dan Champagne Financial Planner Clear (3:43.59)
8th Julius Ferguson Rap Artist 5. V Formation
9th True Becker H.S. Senior 5. V Formation Digest.
10th Mike Beadle 5. V Formation All cut.
11th Lance Pekus Rancher 5. V Formation
12th Michael Larlee 5. V Formation All cut.
13th Cody Johnston 5. V Formation Digest.
14th Ruben Arellano Gymnastics Coach 5. V Formation Digest.
15th Vincent Pane Chemistry PhD Student 5. V Formation Digest.
16th Xavier Dantzler H.S. Junior 5. V Formation
17th Jason Grossman 5. V Formation All cut.
18th Jonah Bonner 5. V Formation All cut.
19th Zhanique Lovett Personal Trainer 5. V Formation (2:14.49)
20th Will Schlageter 5. V Formation All cut.
21st DC Banks 5. V Formation All cut.
22nd Jose Gomez Cyber Security Expert 5. V Formation Digest.
23rd Sandy Zimmerman Elementary School P.E. Teacher 5. V Formation (2:31.62)
24th Deren Perez 5. V Formation All cut.
25th Francisco Barajas 4. Tipping Point All cut.
26th Sophia Lavallee H.S. Sophomore 4. Tipping Point (0:59.76) Digest.
27th Perry Madison 4. Tipping Point All cut.
28th Brian Montagnese Insurance Supervisor 4. Tipping Point
29th Brittney Durant Clothing Designer 4. Tipping Point (1:07.70) Digest.
30th Tiana Webberley 4. Tipping Point (1:08.34)

Top 5 Women Competitors

Place Name Profile Result Notes
1st Zhanique Lovett Personal Trainer 5. V Formation (2:14.49) Part of Top 30.
2nd Sandy Zimmerman Elementary School P.E. Teacher 5. V Formation (2:31.62) Part of Top 30.
3rd Sophia Lavallee H.S. Sophomore 4. Tipping Point (0:59.76) Digest. Part of Top 30.
4th Brittney Durant Clothing Designer 4. Tipping Point (1:07.70) Digest. Part of Top 30.
5th Tiana Webberley 4. Tipping Point (1:08.34) Part of Top 30.

Trivia

  • With five female competitors advancing within the top 30, this qualifiers episode set the new record as the most number of female competitors advancing within the top 30, beating the previous record set during Philadelphia qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 8 at four female competitors.


QF EP 3

Original Air Date: June 21st, 2021.

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Warped Wall / Mega Wall

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