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American Ninja Warrior 13's Tilt-A-Whirl

Tilt-A-Whirl is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the fourth obstacle during the fifth episode of the qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 13, and then reappeared as the third obstacle during the first semifinal episode.

It consisted of three boards, with cradles embedded on one side of the board. Competitors would have to:

  • Jump to a mini-tramp to grab a bar on the first board.
  • Then, they had to rotate the board 180 degrees clockwise which allowed the first board to be facing the cradles on the second board.
  • Then, they would have to hop the bar to the second pair of cradles which were slightly rotated to the left.
  • Then, they must rotate the board clockwise once again and make the transition to the third pair of cradles which were slightly rotated to the right.
  • Once they landed on the third board, they must rotate the third board counter-clockwise to allow them to make the dismount.

With the boards at different angles, competitors had to pay close attention to ensure the bar did not fall off either side.

During the fifth qualifiers episode, it only eliminated seven of the 43 competitors who attempted it. Notable eliminations included Abbey Steffl, Nate Tackett, and Devante Phillips.

During the first semifinal episode, the obstacle was modified. The second board must be rotated counterclockwise while the third board must be rotated in a clockwise direction. A total of six competitors failed on the obstacle: Cole Verble, Zhanique Lovett, Jade Burford, Perry Madison, Jonah Bonner, and Alex Blick.

Also, since only three female competitors at least attempted the obstacle during both appearances, it also served as the cut-off for the top 5 women during the fifth qualifiers episode and the top 3 women during the first semifinal episode.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW13 (QF EP 5) 36 43 83.72%
ANW13 (SF EP 1) 23 29 79.31%
Total 59 72 81.94%