The Stair Hopper is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the ninth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 8 during Philadelphia finals. On this obstacle, competitors must:
- Move a 4-foot free-moving bar, along a set of rails (3.5 feet apart), down four drops which alternate the heights of drops of either 5 or 10 inches.
- This includes a small gap to clear when attempting the second and fourth drops.
- After that, they must jump the pipe up four times with also alternate heights of either 5 and 12 inches, to keep on the tracks.
- Similarly to going down the drops, there are two gaps (over the first and third jump), in which competitors must avoid falling through.
- The gaps make jumping the bar much harder, because they must jump it from a greater distance and have no rail to help keep the bar in place.
- Once up the four jumps, they must slide the bar along a slightly longer set of rails, and step over to the platform.
In its debut during Philadelphia finals, the obstacle was proven to be incredibly difficult, taking out many top competitors such as Jesse Labreck, Najee Richardson, Jamie Rahn, and most notably, Geoff Britten. Among the 10 competitors who reached this obstacle, only two competitors could complete it, which were Joe Moravsky and Chris Wilczewski. Ultimately, both of them gassed out at the final obstacle (the Invisible Ladder), making Philadelphia finals on that season the first time in American Ninja Warrior history that no competitor could complete the city finals course.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 9
Once again, 10 competitors reached this obstacle. However, unlike during Philadelphia finals on the previous season, 6 competitors could complete it, including Charlie Andrews, Josh Levin, and Flip Rodriguez. On the contrary, Kevin Bull, Robin Pietschmann, Jackson Meyer, and Brian Wilczewski fell on this obstacle.
American Ninja Warrior 10
On American Ninja Warrior 10, the Stair Hopper appeared as the ninth obstacle during Miami finals, and the obstacle remained unchanged from the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons.
This time, only 5 competitors attempted the obstacle, with 3 of them could complete it: Kenny Niemitalo, Brett Sims, and Ryan Stratis (who failed on this obstacle during American Ninja Warrior 8's Philadelphia finals). On the flipside, the Stair Hopper shockingly wiped out Drew Drechsel and Jessie Graff as its two victims. In fact, both of them fell at the exact same spot (at the third step).
Just like during Los Angeles finals on American Ninja Warrior 9, it had a 60% completion rate. In fact, the number of clears and attempts during Miami finals on American Ninja Warrior 10 were exactly half of the numbers of clears and attempts done on the obstacle during Los Angeles finals on American Ninja Warrior 9.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
- This obstacle is basically a combination of the Pipe Slider and Bar Hop.
- The function is somewhat similar to the Pipe Slider from American Ninja Warrior 1. However, unlike the Pipe Slider (where the pipe was already onto the track), competitors must put the bar onto the track first before attempting the obstacle.
- The idea started out as steps up, then down, but the producers like to make this obstacle more harder, so they flipped the design upside down.
- With Geoff Britten falling on this obstacle during American Ninja Warrior 8's Philadelphia finals, it became the first obstacle he failed to complete on American Ninja Warrior, since the Jumping Spider in Stage One on American Ninja Warrior 6.
- The Stair Hopper had been attempted by both Wilczewski brothers (Chris Wilczewski and Brian Wilczewski), with Chris attempted the obstacle during American Ninja Warrior 8's Philadelphia finals and Brian attempted the obstacle during American Ninja Warrior 9's Los Angeles finals. While Chris became one of the only two competitors who could complete it during Philadelphia finals, his younger brother Brian became one of the only four competitors who failed to complete it during Los Angeles finals.