American Ninja Warrior 11's Slam Dunk in Cincinnati

The Slam Dunk is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the eighth obstacle during Cincinnati finals on American Ninja Warrior 11.

It consisted of three balls, each with handholds on the left and right sides. Competitors must grab the first ball and build enough swing and momentum to hop it and land onto a ring-shaped cradle in front. Then, they must grab the second ball and repeat the same process as on the first ball to reach the third ball. On the third ball, competitors must build enough swing and momentum to make the dismount to the landing platform.

The obstacle eliminated five competitors (Dustin Rocho, Grant McCartney, Jeri D'Aurelio, Trevor West, and Sem Garay).

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 12

American Ninja Warrior 12's Slam Dunk

On American Ninja Warrior 12, the Slam Dunk appeared as the eighth obstacle during the finals. This time, competitors were required to hop the third ball and land it to the cradle before making the dismount, though the cradle was placed higher. It eliminated four competitors: Jody Avila, Jon Alexis Jr., Jeshuah Lewis, and most shockingly, Joe Moravsky. All four of them failed while making the transition to the second ball.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW11 9 14 64.29%
ANW12 12 16 75%
Total 21 30 70%

Trivia

Screenshot of the submission of the Slam Dunk for the Obstacle Design Challenge

  • The Slam Dunk was one of the obstacles that won the third edition of American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge, designed by Kevin McCormack, although it wasn't announced on American Ninja Warrior 11.
  • Originally before the filming of American Ninja Warrior 11's Cincinnati finals, competitors were still required to hop the third ball and land it to the cradle. However, the producers decided to remove the cradle for unknown reason, meaning competitors could directly make the dismount to the landing platform after reaching the third ball.
    • It was shown on Lucas Gomes YouTube channel (Link to video).
    • This original design would eventually be used on American Ninja Warrior 12 during the finals, though the cradle was placed higher than the original.


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