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Nagasaki

Nagasaki Shunsuke, SASUKE 19


Nagasaki Shunsuke (長崎 峻侑) is a trampolinist who is one of the most promising of recent competitors. This skilled trampolinist, who is called "Prince of the Trampoline", has won several medals in the Trampoline World Cups and Doha Asian Games.

Competition History

Shunsuke first appeared in the 14th Competition at age 17 when he was only a high school sophomore. In that competition, he made it to the Second Stage, where after struggling on the Spider Walk he timed out on the Wall Lifting obstacle.

In the 15th competition, he joined Kawashima Takayuki as having the distinction of being the youngest competitor to reach the Third Stage, which they did at age 18. He made it to the Third Stage's Cliffhanger in both the 15th and 16th tournaments and failed there. After the 16th tournament, he built a Cliffhanger replica in his garage to train.

In the 17th competition, He came out strong by finishing the First Stage with the fastest time (17.67 sec left on the clock). He then cleared the Second Stage with 10.8 seconds left. In the Third Stage, he finally got by the Cliffhanger obstacle and completed the Third Stage, along with eventual champion Nagano Makoto. Although he timed out on the Final Stage, it was this competition that people really took notice of Nagasaki as a serious contender.

In the 18th competition, he and his brother Takamasa made it through the new First Stage. Then in the Second Stage, Nagasaki breezed through the new obstacles (including the new Salmon Ladder) and made it to the Third Stage. In the redesigned Third Stage, he made it to the fourth obstacle, the Shin-Cliffhanger. Unlike Nagano Makoto and future competitors, Nagasaki tried to reach for the third ledge without jumping. However, due to the large gap, he failed that obstacle.

In the 19th competition, he was eliminated in the First Stage by falling off the Flying Chute; this was his first time failing the First Stage. Until then, only him and Kane Kosugi had perfect First Stage record of five consecutive clears in their first five tournaments.

As of 2008, Nagasaki has completed the First Stage 5 times (all consecutively), the Second Stage 4 times, and the Third Stage once.


All-Star?

Much confusion arose when announcer Keisuke Hatsuda said during his intro, "Will Nagasaki be the first All-Star to finish Stage One?" While Nagasaki has his own theme song, he is not considered a SASUKE All-Star by TBS.

Recent Absences

Shunsuke did not compete in SASUKE 20 due to his training for the 2008 Olympics (though he was seen training G4's American Ninja Challengers on the trampoline a couple of days before the competition). Before SASUKE 22, Nagasaki wrote on his blog that he wanted to compete (and even showed a picture of him practicing the Shin-Cliffhanger). However, he was not invited for unknown reasons.


Results

SASUKE # Result Notes
14 67 Failed Wall Lifting (Second Stage) Time Out
15 65 Failed Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
16 89 Failed Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
17 87 Failed Rope Climb (Final Stage) Time Out
18 97 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger (Third Stage)
19 97 Failed Flying Chute (First Stage)
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