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The national finals of American Ninja Warrior are set to begin at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC.
Barrington resident Jamie Rahn – a multi-year veteran of the grueling obstacle course competition – said he wasn’t certain
when his run on the course would air, but he suspected it would be in this Monday’s episode.
The Barrington Bulletin caught up with Rahn recently. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: You’ve been on American Ninja Warrior for several years now – is it getting easier or harder?
A: The course remains mostly the same difficulty. As I get stronger the course gets tougher. But each year, I feel more relaxed and at ease. More confident.
Q: What’s the most difficult single obstacle on the show?
A: The most difficult obstacle is by far the weather. Long, cold nights are super tough! The 3 a.m. freezing temperatures can make any obstacle incredibly hard! So far, without giving away any spoilers … the hardest obstacle I felt this year is the bridge of blades. It’s an obstacle that takes precision, while its spinning and rotating walls block your path.
Q: Has American Ninja Warrior helped you prepare for other parts of your life in any way?
A: Ninja Warrior has helped me prepare for a lot that will challenge me in life. Besides the incredibly large and immensely supportive group of comrades, the ability to overcome fear and remain focused is a great life lesson. Training teaches you a lot as well, to be able to stay diligent and work hard, because it’s the only way greatness will be achieved.
Q: How is business at Pinnacle Parkour Academy (the Cherry Hill-based training facility that Rahn co-owns)? Is there a boost when Ninja Warrior shows up on TV?
A: Absolutely, Ninja Warrior has boosted the number of students coming to the gym. We stay busy and I am always building to improve the gym and train other ninjas and ninjettes.
Q: Is there anything in particular people should look out for in the remainder of this Ninja Warrior season?
A: This seems to be a year of amazing leaps and bounds for progress, and at the same time unbelievable upsets. I can’t give anything away, but keep watching there are defiantly going to be some cheers and tears this year!
Q: Anything else you want to share?
A: Let’s just say I love training. Everyone who has been cheering me on and supporting me are always so amazing, and I love all of you! I feel incredibly grateful to have such a great group of people in my life!