Karsten Williams, A.K.A. The Big Cat is a Personal Trainer from McKinney TX.
Karsten later competed in Dallas in American Ninja Warrior 6, this time taking a more methodical approach on the course. In qualifying, he became the first competitor that cleared the course. He cleared the city finals course as well and moved onto the National Finals. On the first stage, Karsten was one of the many competitors that failed the Silk Slider.
Karsten returned to compete in Houston in American Ninja Warrior 7. In Qualifying he failed the Swinging Spikes but he placed 22nd in the top 30. in the city finals he was only one of five competitors that cleared the Walking Bar, but he failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. Karsten still managed to place 4th overall and moved onto the national finals for the second year in a row. On Stage 1, his run was digested but it was shown that he failed the Propeller Bar.
Karsten returned to compete in Oklahoma City in American Ninja Warrior 8. His run was digested in Qualifying but it was shown that he finished the course placing 12th. In the city finals, Karsten ran as the final runner and eliminated his friend Tremayne Dortch from the Top 15. Though eventually Karsten failed the new Window Hang, he placed 8th overall and moved on to the national finals for his third year in a row. His run on Stage 1 was digested but it was shown that he failed the Jumping Spider, midway through the Spider Walk portion of the obstacle.
In an All-Stars competition that took place after the regular season in ANW 8, Karsten was one of the competitors who competed on the Super Salmon Ladder skills challenge. Karsten raced up all 35 possible rungs on the ladder, and even managed to do four additional rungs downward, scaling 39 total rungs. His performance later beat the defending champion, Mike Bernardo, who fell on the last possible rung this time around, and was crowned the new champion of the Super Salmon Ladder. This victory later innovated high confidence for him in the next season.
Karsten returned to compete in San Antonio in American Ninja Warrior 9. His run in qualifying was digested but it was shown that he cleared the qualifying course with the 5th fastest time. In the city Finals, Karsten became the first athlete of the night that conquered the Hourglass Drop but he failed the new Spinball Wizard, making it the third year in a row that he failed the 9th obstacle on a city finals course. Karsten did place 5th overall and he moved on to the national finals again. On Stage 1, Karsten was looking strong early but failed the Domino Pipes making it the 4th year in a row that he failed Stage 1.
Karsten competed in American Ninja Warrior 10 in Dallas. His run was digested, but he surprisingly slipped on the fourth obstacle, the Tuning Forks, being the first of several to do so. Given that only 26 competitors passed the Tuning Forks, Karsten made it to the obstacle at a fast time, thus securing him a spot in the top 30. He placed 27th overall.
In the city finals, his run was digested but it was shown that he failed the Nail Clipper but placed 10th overall and moved on to Vegas. His run on Stage 1 was digested, but it was shown that he failed the Double Dipper. This marked the fifth year in a row that he failed Stage 1.
After training countlessly with his mother beforehand. Karsten was determined to take on the Mega Wall in ANW 11. He had a major scare on the Wing Swing, knocking the second pair of handles accidentally with his foot and causing it to swing, but was able to save himself and keep going onto the Mega Wall. He scaled it on his second attempt, winning $5,000 and placed 4th in the top 30.
During the city finals, he put a blazing pace through the course. After being roadblocked by the ninth obstacle several time previously, he became the first to conquer Snap Back, and later finished the course. He had the 3rd fastest time, just behind Daniel Gil and Mathis Owhadi, so he just missed out on the Power Tower. In fact, Kid beat his time by .34 of a second. During Stage 1 he cruised through 8 obstacles and going to stage 2 for the 1st time. His stage two run was digested, but he completed it and made it to stage three. On Stage Three, he fell on Pipe Dream.
|ANW6||41||Failed Silk Slider (First Stage)|
|ANW7||41||Failed Propeller Bar (First Stage)||Digested|
|ANW8||41||Failed Jumping Spider (First Stage)||Digested|
|ANW9||41||Failed Domino Pipes (First Stage)|
|ANW10||41||Failed Double Dipper (First Stage)||Digested|
|ANW11||41||Failed Pipe Dream (Third Stage)||First time completing the first stage and attempting stage 2 and 3. First time completing the second stage.|