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American Ninja Warrior 12's Ring Chaser

The Ring Chaser is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the third obstacle during the first episode of qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 12.

Competitors must first work their way through a series of monkey bars that was on a slight incline. Once the competitors applied their weight on the first monkey bar, a ring (fourteen inches in diameter) would start rolling down on the side, and the competitors must be quick enough on the monkey bars to grab it as it fell. Using this ring, competitors must then make a jump (almost identical to the Sky Hooks) before finally dismounting to the landing platform.

If they were not quick enough to grab the ring, they must make the jump using a much smaller ring (eight inches in diameter) hanging at the end of the monkey bars (which had handles to hold on to), but this would make the jump much harder, as it required more coordination and precision.

On the first episode of the qualifiers, while several top competitors missed the large ring, including Allyssa Beird and Grant McCartney, most of them were able to make the jump with the smaller ring. In all, only 5 out of 27 competitors that attempted the obstacle failed to complete it, including Anthony Eardley.

On the second qualifiers episode, however, more competitors fell here, as a total of 7 competitors fell, including JJ Woods, and most shockingly, Caleb Bergstrom.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 13

American Ninja Warrior 13's Ring Chaser

The Ring Chaser appeared back as the third obstacle in the second and third episodes of the semifinals on American Ninja Warrior 13. The distance between hooks seems to have increased though.

In the second semifinal episode, only two competitors failed on the obstacle: Paul Fisher and Sandy Zimmerman. However, in the third semifinal episode, six competitors failed on the obstacle, which were Brian Montagnese, Sophia Lavalee, Josh Wagg, Charity LeBlanc, DC Banks, and Nico Gentry.

Other Appearances

Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 5's Ring Chaser

On Australian Ninja Warrior 5, the Ring Chaser appeared as the fourth obstacle in Heat 1 and Heat 3. This time, another set of cradles was added after the first one, and the ring would be used in this pair was fixed as the large one. The obstacle was also paired with the Clockwork as part of the Crossroads' Path B.

Ninja Warrior Poland

Ninja Warrior Poland 4's Ring Chaser

On Ninja Warrior Poland 4, Ring Chaser appeared in the final as the fifth obstacle in stage one. Only Piotr Kominek failed in the obstacle, and only Piotr Lisiczka failed to catch the first ring and used the spare ring.

Ninja Warrior Poland 5's Ring Chaser

Then on Ninja Warrior Poland 5, Ring Chaser appeared as the second obstacle in the semi-finals.

Ninja Warrior Germany

Ninja Warrior Germany 6's Ring Chaser

Second Part of Ring Chaser

On Ninja Warrior Germany 6, the Ring Chaser appeared as the fifth obstacle of the Semifinals. This time, the obstacle immediately followed the Criss Cross Salmon Ladder with no rest. In addition, once competitors completed the transition to the ring, they can reach for a resting bar before landing to the platform.

Ninja Warrior France

Ninja Warrior France 6's Ring Chaser

Modified Ring Chaser for female competitors

L'échelle de Vitesse, Ninja Warrior France's official name for the Ring Chaser would appear as the third obstacle of Qualification 1 of Ninja Warrior France 6. It is paired with the Corkscrew as part of Route B of the Crossroads. The obstacle would be slightly modified for female competitors, as the rings present in the obstacle would be the same. In addition, a third ring was added in the second hook, meaning that female competitors can just reach to the ring instead of doing the transition to the rings.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW12 (QF EP 1) 22 27 81.48%
ANW12 (QF EP 2) 23 30 76.67%
ANW13 (SF EP 2) 37 39 94.87%
ANW13 (SF EP 3) 31 37 83.78%
Total 113 133 84.96%


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