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American Ninja Warrior 13's Split Decision in the first episode of qualifiers

The Split Decision is a new feature, firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 13.

In essence, this feature is a point on the course where the competitors will have to pick between two different obstacles, a very similar feature to that of the Crossroads in VIKING, and has been used in multiple international Ninja Warrior formats such as Ninja Israel and Ninja Warrior France, or also can be traced to the split-stage format of SASUKE Vietnam.

This format appears during the qualifiers, semifinals, and Stage One of the national finals:

  • In the qualifiers, the Split Decision occurred at the third obstacle, in which competitors must choose between two different balance obstacles.
  • In the semifinals, the Split Decision occurred at the ninth obstacle, giving competitors the opportunity to choose between an intense upper body obstacle or a difficult balance obstacle.
  • In the national finals, the Split Decision occurred at the eighth and final obstacle in Stage One.

Obstacle List

ANW Round Episode Obstacles
13 Qualifiers 1 Domino Effect
Spinning Log
2 Broken Bridge
Burn Rubber
3 Domino Effect
Spinning Log
4 Log Runner
Block Run
5 Log Runner
Block Run
Semifinals 1 Inverter
Tuning Forks
2 Inverter
Tuning Forks
3 The Dungeon
Diving Boards
4 The Dungeon
Diving Boards
Las Vegas National Finals (Stage One) The High Road
Fly Hooks
14 Qualifiers 1 Domino Effect
2 Domino Effect
3 Log Runner
Burn Rubber

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW EP Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW13 QF EP 1 33 48 68.75%
QF EP 2 41 52 78.95%
QF EP 3 39 51 76.47%
QF EP 4 43 48 89.58%
QF EP 5 43 53 81.13%
SF EP 1 4 15 26.67%
SF EP 2 5 7 71.43%
SF EP 3 6 9 66.67%
SF EP 4 12 17 70.59%
Stage One 27 37 72.97%
Total 253 337 75.07%