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ANW10 Double Twister

American Ninja Warrior 10's Double Twister in Minneapolis

The Double Twister is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 10 in Minneapolis.

It consisted of two sets of free-spinning arch-shaped handles. Competitors must jump from the springboard and reach the first set of handles. Then, they must build enough swing and momentum to make the transition to the second set and handles, and finally built enough swing and momentum to make the dismount to the landing platform. Since the handles could spin freely, competitors must maintain their body control and momentum, in order to prevent the handles from spinning too much (similar to the Spinball Wizard).

During Minneapolis qualifiers, 24 competitors fell on the obstacle, including notable competitors like Gavin McCall and Ryan Sutter. Often, competitors had failed to maintain a straight momentum while transferring between the sets of handles, which would lead to them having to use more energy to reorient and make the transition. However, during the Minneapolis finals, only Jaysen Saly fell on the obstacle.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 11

ANW11 Double Twister

American Ninja Warrior 11's Double Twister in Baltimore

On American Ninja Warrior 11, the Double Twister appeared as the second obstacle in Baltimore. The obstacle remained unchanged from the Minneapolis course on the previous season.

Compared to the previous season during Minneapolis qualifiers, the obstacle took out less competitors during Baltimore qualifiers, as only 17 competitors failed on it. However, it still wiped out some notable competitors such as Alicia Tavani-Candela, Adriane Alvord, and Andrew Swinghamer (who also failed on its Las Vegas national finals variant, the Twist & Fly, on the previous season).

During Baltimore finals, no competitor fell on the obstacle.

Twist & Fly

ANW10 Twist & Fly

American Ninja Warrior 10's Twist & Fly in Stage One

A variation of the Double Twister (called as the Twist & Fly) appeared as the eighth and final obstacle in Stage One, replacing the Flying Squirrel from the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons. This time, after reaching the second set of handles, competitors must build enough swing and momentum to grab the Rope Ladder, and then climbed it up to reach the buzzer.

In total, the obstacle claimed 10 competitors as its victims, including notable competitors like Brian Arnold (which ended his streak of Stage One completions, at six buzzers), Kevin Bull, Jon Alexis Jr., and Jesse Labreck (marking the second season in a row that she failed on the final obstacle in Stage One). Among these ten competitors, three of them timed out while on the top part of the Rope Ladder: Nick Hanson, Kenny Niemitalo, and Brent Steffensen.

Coincidentally, in its first season appearance, the obstacle knocked out the same number of competitors as its predecessor, the Flying Squirrel, during its first appearance on American Ninja Warrior 8. In fact, both of them also caused Nick Hanson to time out while on the top part of the Rope Ladder.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 11

ANW11 Twist & Fly

American Ninja Warrior 11's Twist & Fly in Stage One

On American Ninja Warrior 11, the Twist & Fly returned as the eighth and final obstacle in Stage One.

This time, 37 competitors attempted the obstacle and nine of them failed there, three of which had failed on the obstacle before on the previous season: Kevin Bull, Jesse Labreck, and Nick Hanson (although on that season he timed out rather than falling on the obstacle). Additionally, just like on the previous season, three competitors (David Campbell, Anthony DeFranco, and Zack Scholes) also timed out on the obstacle. The other three competitors who failed there were Danell Leyva, Dustin Rocho, and Sean Darling-Hammond.

Compared to the previous season, the Twist & Fly on this season had an almost identical knockout rate. In fact, the obstacle just had a higher clearance rate by 0.68%.

Other Appearances

Ninja Warrior UK

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Ninja Warrior UK 5's Double Twister

On Ninja Warrior UK 5, the Double Twister appeared as the first obstacle during the finals' Stage 2, with two competitors falling on this obstacle (including Toby Segar).


Australian Ninja Warrior

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Australian Ninja Warrior 3's Whisked Away

On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Double Twister appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 4, with the obstacle being called as the Whisked Away.

This time, the obstacle became significantly more brutal than the one used on American Ninja Warrior and Ninja Warrior UK, as among the 19 competitors who reach the obstacle, only 5 of them could complete it.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found

Double Twister

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW10 (qualifiers) 69 93 74.19%
ANW10 (finals) 31 32 96.88%
ANW11 (qualifiers) 71 88 80.68%
ANW11 (finals) 34 34 100%
Total 205 247 83%

Twist & Fly

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW10 30 40 75%
ANW11 28 37 75.68%
USA vs. The World 5 5 5 100%
Total 63 82 76.82%
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