The Tire Swing is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the fourth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 7 in Orlando.
It consisted of a mini trampoline, a suspended pole, and three suspended tire-shaped circles.
Competitors must use the mini trampoline to reach the pole. From there, competitors must use their upper-body to navigate the tires. The first tire would swing freely, the second would tilt in all directions with weight on it, and the last one would tip backward. The top of the third tire was covered with a cap, so the competitors must grab the inside from underneath. Once at the third tire, they must swing to the landing platform to advance.
During Orlando qualifiers, the obstacle ended the runs of several competitors who attempted it such as Emily Durham, Jonathan Ruiz, Stephen France and William Brown. Most competitors were unable to firmly grip the second tire, and as such came up short when making the transitions. During Orlando finals, it claimed Jon Alexis Jr. and Chad Hohn as its two victims.
Other Season Appearances
American Ninja Warrior 8
The Tire Swing returned on American Ninja Warrior 8, as the fourth obstacle in Oklahoma City. However, the trampoline and suspended pole were replaced with a rope.
During Oklahoma City qualifiers, it unexpectedly became more destructive, as a total of 30 competitors failed on the obstacle, including Kevin Jordan, Tom Mortimer, Matt Stringer, Brian Burkhardt, and Sam Sann. The obstacle ultimately became the cut-off for advancing to Oklahoma City finals. However, no competitor failed on this obstacle during Oklahoma City finals.
- The Tire Swing was notable for eliminating 2 amputated competitors: Stephen France during American Ninja Warrior 7's Orlando qualifiers and Artis Thompson III during American Ninja Warrior 8's Oklahoma City qualifiers.
- On several SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international formats (e.g. Australian Ninja Warrior), this obstacle was named as the Tyre Swing, because of two types of spelling (American spelling: Tire, and British spelling: Tyre).
- Also on several SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international formats, the first tire of this obstacle was combined with the cargo net, with a rope at the starting platform. Therefore, competitors must swing from the rope and grabbed the tire. Then, competitors must build enough swing and momentum to make the transition to the cargo net, and finally reached the landing platform to advance.