Lance Pekus is a rancher from Salmon, Idaho who is another competitor who practices obstacles at home for training. Lance's obstacles include the Double Salmon Ladder, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Jumping Bars, and a 14 foot Warped Wall.
Despite building a Soritatsu Kabe, he failed it in competition during the qualifying round of American Ninja Warrior 4. After failing the Soritatsu Kabe, he built a new one that stood one foot higher, at 15 feet tall.
He returned in American Ninja Warrior 5 in Venice Beach. On the course, his newer Soritatsu Kabe proved to give him redemption as Lance scaled it in Venice qualifying, ending up with the fourth-fastest time.
In the city finals, he scaled the Warped Wall again. But after the Rope Maze, he just had nothing left for the Cliffhanger. However, he did enough to qualify for the National Finals in Las Vegas, placing 11th overall.
Pekus hoped to to win the $500,000 for college funds needed for his children, he made great work in the national finals, but couldn't stick the Jumping Spider on Stage One.
In American Ninja Warrior 6, he competed in Denver this time. He made it past the Qualifiers and made it into the Denver Finals. He made it past the first 6 obstacles and Salmon Ladder but went out on the Arm Rings after so much struggle. However, by placing 15th he made it to Vegas again, where he failed the Jumping Spider again.
In American Ninja Warrior 7, he competed in Kansas City, where he cleared the Qualifying Course. In the Finals, he placed a bet to have Matt Iseman and Akbar wear Cowboy hats in Vegas if he finished the city finals course. Lance cleared all of the 8 obstacles. On the Body Prop, his foot slipped, but recovered and eventually finished the Finals course, for the very first time. He has the fastest time in Kansas City. On Stage One, he got revenge of the Jumping Spider and cleared stage one for the first time. On Stage Two, Lance started out strong but went out on the Roulette Row while reaching for the second hoop.
In American Ninja Warrior 8, He competed in Oklahoma City this time. Pekus had some trouble on the new Ring Swing but was able to clear it. However, on the Log Runner, he overshot the fourth log, bashed his shin and stomach into the fifth log and fell into the water, not making into the city finals.
With high hopes for redemption after a disastrous exit last season, Pekus returned in American Ninja Warrior 9 competing in Kansas City, Missouri. It was revealed Pekus took some time off of ninja training to regroup his bearings and mentality, ensuring it wouldn't deter his comeback this year. Like last year, he stumbled on a balance obstacle, this time being the Broken Pipes. However, Pekus managed to recover greatly after nearly tapping the water. Averting an early exit, Pekus managed to blaze through the other three obstacles in qualifying with ease, and achieved the fastest time of the day, beating Brandon Mears' time by 31 seconds.
In the city finals, Lance was cruising through the first seven obstacles, despite a small stumble on the Broken Pipes. However, on the Floating Monkey Bars, he was having difficulties placing the bar on the rungs which ultimately caused him to fail. He still managed to punch his ticket to Vegas by placing 6th overall. In Vegas, He made it back to Stage Two where he failed on Wingnut Alley when he didn't get enough momentum to reach the second wingnut.
Lance returned to compete in Minneapolis in American Ninja Warrior 10. In Qualifying, he failed to scale the Mega Wall but still finished the course in 8th place. In the city finals, he fell on Iron Maiden but placed 10th overall and moved on to Vegas. In Vegas, he shockingly failed the Propeller Bar in Stage One.
He returned for American Ninja Warrior 11 in Seattle/Tacoma. In qualifying, he scaled the Mega Wall on his final attempt, doing what he could not do the previous year and claimed $2,500. He placed 10th overall out of 13 finishers. Unfortunately, to the shock of everyone, he fell on the Lightning Bolts in the city finals, and obstacle he easily cleared in qualifying and did not advance for the first time since American Ninja Warrior 8, as he placed 24th overall.
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