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Barrington’s Jamie Rahn went from one of more than a thousand who tested themselves against the grueling “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course to one of fewer than 20 who made it to Stage 2 of the finals — but he won’t have the opportunity to advance to Stage 3 this year.
In the episode broadcast last night on NBC, Rahn was about 90 seconds through his run when he had trouble with the “salmon ladder” obstacle, which involves pulling yourself up with a bar supported on its ends, then jerking the bar up to another pair of supports. Competitors need to climb about seven “rungs” on the ladder that they create for themselves.
“It was a treacherous, slippery salmon ladder this year that took me out, but that’s how it goes,” Rahn said on his Facebook page. “It only takes one slip up and you’re out.”
Rahn has competed on the show for several years running and made it further each time. As with past years’ plunges, this year’s results didn’t seem to shake his resolve.
“Time to train for next year,” he said via Facebook. “My favorite part!”