So as many as you already know, we have a host of Caver’s and associated folks competing at American Ninja Warrior 4 this year. Most of us just drove down on Thursday or Wednesday and a few of us even got to visit Tempest Freerunning Academy. It was actually Roger’s first time there on Thursday March 1st. The Northern California Region (that’s us) competes on Friday March 2nd, while southern California competes on Saturday March 3rd and the regional Semi-Finals are on Sunday March 4th, which determine who gets to compete on the real deal in Las Vegas. (Top 90 American’s + 10 Producer’s picks for the show. ) Here’s a quick list of athletes and their relation to our gym:
Miyoko Schinner: Cave athlete (CrossFit background and lately took Russ’ gymnastics classes) and Seraphina’s mom! 1st year at ANW.
Michael Schinner: Formidable Cave CrossFitter, attorney, and Seraphina’s Dad! 1st timer.
Anna Tom: Cave mom of biggest Ninja Warrior fan, Dylan Tom. Anna is notorious for sneaking into Sasuke-Parkour competitions that she wasn’t invited to. This time, she actually auditioned legitimately and landed a slot squarely based on her Ninja Skillzzzz.
Jill Sprague: Former Cave gymnastics coach, and UCLA Bruin (gymnastics hall-of-famer). 2011 Nor-Cal 40’s champ.
Stopped by wet quad-steps in 2011.
Caroline Lee: Jill’s partner in crime, former UCLA Bruin as well, won “Wipe Out” a couple of years back & returning athlete.
Slipped off the Log grip last year.
Rosanna Sansome: The Cave’s hyper-talented/athletic nurse & princess gymnast.
Contender to be the first woman to complete the ANW qualifying course. 1st year.
Mira Manickham: May be the strongest and most favored female contender in ANW period. (Yes, I’m going out on a limb here and calling it.) Slipped off wet quad steps in 2011. Wet quad steps were deadly.
Tom Hutchman: My personal “project”. Tom has taken advantage of CrossFit classes, gymnastics privates with myself, Parkour classes as well as “Ninja” classes. Dec. 2011 inter-gym sasuke-style Cave competition champ.
Josh Horsely: Former gymnast at Davis Gymnastics in the ’90’s, one of “Roger’s kids”.
Now an elite climber and serious contender to go to Las Vegas or win the whole damn thing.
Ben Snead: Elite rock climber and hyper-talented athlete recruited by Josh Horsely.
Andrew Kelly: One of my climbing buddies at PG SF, showed up to our American Ninja Warrior open casting and landed a slot!
Glenn Black : Former Cave Parkour coach extraordinaire, currently an engineer for Sony PlayStation in Foster City.
Plyometrically the most talented traceur I know. Look for him to go to Las Vegas in the top 30 from the western region.
Andrey Pfening: Parkour coach at the Cave & Athletic Playground. Returning athlete, stopped by Warped Wall last year.
Andres De la Rosa: 2010 & 2011 Veteran. Completed the course both years, but came 4 seconds shy of semi-finals both times.
Looking to change all that in 2012.
Travis Furlanic: Parkour coach at The Cave and one of the “Japan Veterans”, Travis is the only American to go to Japan for all 3 years in the American Ninja Warrior series. Fell of the stage 2 log balance and metal spin in 2010 & 2011. Wickedly talented and one of the favorites to win the whole thing.
I think that’s it! A few others landed slots, but weren’t able to make the logistics work, but maybe next year. In the meantime, wish this year’s Ninja’s Luck!
Drey & Roge in front of the "Venice Beach Co-tel"
Of course, in the meantime we’re all in the middle of the CF Games Open WOD. Our team is currently in good standing to get into the Affiliate Cup as long as CF headquarters manages to correct Jill’s score for the Open WOD 1. We’re trying to figure out the logistics down here so that we all get to do the workout and get it in before the Sunday cut-off. Best of luck to all the athletes back home as well. Keep up the great work!