The Bouncing Spider is an obstacle that was first introduced as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in Denver.
Competitors must jump to a springboard and prop themselves between two Plexiglas walls. Then, they must make a transition to another pair of Plexiglas walls, which were a few inches away from the first. From there, they must jump to an 8-foot drop to a trampoline, grab to one of the two big suspended pipes with a small pipe suspended in front of them, and swing up to the landing platform.
The first part of this obstacle (the springboard and the Plexiglas walls) was very similar to the Jumping Spider, while the second part of this obstacle (the trampoline and the pipes) was very similar to the Wall Drop.
During Denver qualifiers, a total of 27 competitors failed on this obstacle, including notable competitors like Jake Murray, Noah Kaufman and Jon Stewart. Most of the competitors failed the landing on the trampoline, to where they mainly weren't able to get an effective bounce to grab the pipes. Some competitors additionally grabbed just the smaller pipe, which didn't grant them much to grab on.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 10
On American Ninja Warrior 10, the Bouncing Spider appeared as the third obstacle in Dallas. This time, the height of the drop from the walls to the trampoline was decreased to 7 feet.
Despite that, during Dallas qualifiers, the obstacle was proven to be deadly once again, as 22 competitors fell on this obstacle. However, unlike during Denver qualifiers on the previous season, it took out several female competitors, including Kat Ratcliff, Tawnee Leonardo, and both Haymaker sisters (Kaiti Haymaker and Cara Haymaker). Though his run was not shown during the broadcast, the Bouncing Spider also eliminated Sam Sann, who completed this obstacle on the previous season during Denver qualifiers and finals.
On the contrary, there were three competitors who failed on this obstacle during Denver qualifiers on the previous season and later completed it during Dallas qualifiers: Jon Stewart, Garrett Takach, and Venn Johns.
The obstacle was also served as the cut-off for the top 5 female competitors. However, in this instance in particular, it served as the cut-off because April Steiner Bennett, who fell on the next obstacle, the Tuning Forks, had to withdraw due to an injury.
Just like during Denver finals on the previous season, a total of 30 competitors attempted the obstacle during the Dallas finals. However, it eliminated four competitors this time around: Kat Ratcliff (who fell on the same obstacle previously during Dallas qualifiers), Quest O'Neal, Dylan Lancaster, and Victor Gonzalez.
American Ninja Warrior 11
On American Ninja Warrior 11, the Bouncing Spider appeared as the fourth obstacle in Atlanta.
A new change was added to the obstacle, in which a white dot was added to the center of the trampoline to indicate the ideal spot for the competitors to land while hitting on it. Likely for this reason, only 18 competitors failed on this obstacle. However, it still wiped out notable competitors, such as Grace Sims, Andrey Collins, Emily Durham, Bootie Cothran, and Caleb Watson. This obstacle also served as the cut-off for the top 5 female competitors for advancing to Atlanta finals.
Additionally, two competitors suffered an injury on this obstacle:
- Chad Hohn: his head hit the small pipe, resulting a cut on it (similar to his injury during American Ninja Warrior 7's Orlando qualifiers, when he cut his head on the Rolling Log).
- Casey Suchocki: he injured his right knee after slamming it to the small pipe.
A unique elimination on the obstacle came from Mindy Hylton's run, where she landed back on the trampoline after losing her grip from the pipes, resulting in a disqualification.
During Atlanta finals, it only wiped out Grace Sims and Jessica Clayton. However, since Caitlyn Bergstrom was the only female competitor to get past it, the obstacle became the cut-off for the top 2 female competitors, in which Jessica Clayton managed to make it through.
On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Bouncing Spider appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semifinals. This time, the springboard was replaced with a trampoline (making it similar to the Jumping Spider) and the small pipe was removed, leaving with 2 big pipes to grab onto.
In total, 21 competitors attempted the obstacle and only 3 of them failed to complete it (all in Semifinal 1).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found