Walk the Plank is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 11 in Los Angeles.
Competitors must crawl up a see-saw board, which would gradually start to tip. Then, they must time their jump from the board to grab a bar, which would slide down a track (similar to the second track on the Double Dipper or Dragon Glider), and finally made the dismount to landing platform.
During Los Angeles qualifiers, the obstacle was proven to be brutal, as several competitors either misjudged their timing to grab the bar or lost their grip after grabbing the bar. In the end, the obstacle eliminated 31 out of 70 competitors who attempted it, including Tiana Webberley, Greg Freeman, Anna Shumaker, Benjamin Humphrys, Jesse Orenshein, Anthony Porter, Victor Chan, and Cheyenne Arrington.
In a strange reversal, during Los Angeles finals, the obstacle eliminated Rebekah Bonilla, Samantha Bush, and Emmi Rose, who were the only three female competitors to complete the obstacle during Los Angeles qualifiers. Whereas, Tiana Webberley and Anna Shumaker (both of whom failed on the obstacle during Los Angeles qualifiers) were the only women who completed the obstacle.
Giant Walk the Plank
This version involved a rope at the start as a medium to reach the plank. In addition, the plank and the track were made bigger and longer than the original counterpart.
Australian Ninja Warrior 5
On Australian Ninja Warrior 5, Walk the Plank appeared as the second obstacle in Stage One. The obstacle was renamed as the Launchpad to Trapeze and compared to the one used on American Ninja Warrior 11, the board would not tip when the competitors applied their weight on them, and served as the run-up for the competitors to reach a trapeze swing.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
Walk the Plank
Giant Walk the Plank
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- Walk the Plank was one of the obstacles that won the third edition of American Ninja Warrior: Obstacle Design Challenge, designed by Jeff Thompson.
- Walk the Plank is the first obstacle on American Ninja Warrior to eliminate all top 5 female competitors in a qualifying city course at least once. Its appearance in Los Angeles course on American Ninja Warrior 11 wiped out Tiana Webberley and Anna Shumaker during city qualifiers, and Rebekah Bonilla, Samantha Bush, and Emmi Rose, during city finals.