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American Ninja Warrior 8's Flying Squirrel in Stage One

The Flying Squirrel is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the eighth and final obstacle in Stage One on American Ninja Warrior 8, replacing the Triple Swing from the previous season. On this obstacle: 

  • Competitors must make an 11-foot jump from a mini tramp to a set of handles that swing independently of each other, kind of similar to The Clacker.
  • Then, they must build enough swing and momentum to make a transition to the next set of handles, which are also 11 feet away from the first set of handles.
  • After that, they must build enough swing and momentum to make a 10-foot transition to the Rope Ladder, and climb it to reach the buzzer before the time ran out, in order to clear the stage.

This obstacle was proven to be much difficult than its predecessor (the Triple Swing), as competitors like Ryan Stratis, Jon Alexis Jr., Nick Hanson, and Dan Polizzi failed on this obstacle. Some instances, such as with Hanson and Polizzi, had timed out rather than legitimately falling on the obstacle. On its first season appearance, only 17 competitors could complete the obstacle within the time limit and ultimately advance to Stage Two.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 9

ANW9 Flying Squirrel

American Ninja Warrior 9's Flying Squirrel in Stage One

The Flying Squirrel returned on American Ninja Warrior 9, once again as the eighth and final obstacle in Stage One, with a similar specification from the previous season.

However, unlike on the previous season, 51 competitors could reach the obstacle, and only 10 competitors failed, including, Jesse Labreck, Ben Baker, Alex Carson, Barclay Stockett (who had timed out at the obstacle before attempting it) Chris DiGangi, and most shockingly, Jessie Graff (who completed this obstacle on the previous season, setting a history as the first woman to complete Stage One on American Ninja Warrior).

On American Ninja Warrior 10, the obstacle was replaced by the Twist & Fly.

Other Appearances

Ninja Warrior UK

NWUK4 Cargo with Squirrel

Ninja Warrior UK 4's Cargo with Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel appeared on Ninja Warrior UK 4, as the fourth obstacle in Heat 2, and was called as the Cargo with Squirrel. However, compared to the one used on American Ninja Warrior, the obstacle featured:

  • No trampoline,
  • Only one set of handles was used, and
  • The cargo net was similar to the one used on the Jump Hang. Therefore, after reaching the cargo net, competitors must climb it down to reach the landing platform.
NWUK5 Flying Squirrel

Ninja Warrior UK 5's Flying Squirrel

Then, the obstacle appeared as the second obstacle in Heat 1 on Ninja Warrior UK 5. This time, the second set of handles was replaced with a trapeze bar.


Australian Ninja Warrior

AusNW2 Flying Squirrel to Cargo Net

Australian Ninja Warrior 2's Flying Squirrel to Cargo Net

On Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Flying Squirrel (called as the Flying Squirrel to Cargo Net) appeared as the eighth obstacle in Stage One, which was similar to the one used on Ninja Warrior UK 4. However, just like on American Ninja Warrior, competitors must jump from the trampoline to reach the handles, and after reaching the cargo net, competitors must climb it up to reach a platform, then walked across the platform, and finally dropped down to the landing platform through a pole.

AusNW3 Double Squirrel

Australian Ninja Warrior 3's Double Squirrel

Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Flying Squirrel (called as the Double Squirrel) appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 2 and Heat 5. This time, the obstacle was made similar to the one used on American Ninja Warrior (albeit the cargo net was not presented).

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW8 17 27 62.96%
ANW9 41 51 80.39%
USA vs. The World 3 3 4 75%
USA vs. The World 4 4 4 100%
Total 65 86 75.58%

Trivia

  • With only 17 competitors could complete the obstacle within the time limit and advance to Stage Two, American Ninja Warrior 8 is currently holding the record for the lowest amount of finishers during Stage One in American Ninja Warrior history, beating American Ninja Warrior 6's Stage One at 18 finishers.
  • However, one season later, with 41 competitors completed the obstacle within the time limit and advance to Stage Two, American Ninja Warrior 9 is currently holding the record for the highest amount of finishers during Stage One in American Ninja Warrior history, beating American Ninja Warrior 7's Stage One at 38 finishers.
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