The Falling Shelves is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the third obstacle during the finals on American Ninja Warrior 12.
Competitors must grab a set of handles placed on an X-shaped frame and make a transition to the second set of handles that could swing. Then, they must make a transition to the third set of handles in which the handles were placed on the other side (meaning competitors must make a blind transition to grab them, a very similar manner to the Leaps of Faith or Angry Birds), and lock it into the place. Finally, they must make a dismount to the landing platform.
Despite being just the third obstacle, the obstacle eliminated seven competitors, more than any other obstacle in the finals. Amongst the victims were Chris DiGangi and David Wright. Most competitors who failed on this obstacle were unable to make the blind transition to the final set of handles. It was also notable for taking out three of the four women in the finals (Jeri D'Aurelio, Sandy Zimmerman, and Jessie Graff). The only woman to complete the obstacle was Jesse Labreck, who went on to complete the course.
An interesting fail happened during Thomas Stillings's run, as he attempted to grab the blind grab while on the second shelf. He ended up letting go of the third shelf and causing it to tilt, making him unable to grab the third shelf and causing him to fall.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found