It was time for Texas on Monday on “American Ninja Warrior.” Season 7 of the NBC reality competition shifted to Houston for episode 3 and the next round of city qualifying runs. However, the big draw of the night was the return of Kacy Catanzaro, the former Towson University gymnast who made history in Season 6 by becoming the first woman to complete a city finals course. Would she make history again this year?
For Catanzaro, as well as the other contestants, the road to the Las Vegas finals would not be easy. Monday’s athletes faced the quintuple steps, the tilting slider, the spinning log, the cargo crossing, the swinging spikes swing, and, of course, the warped wall.
With all eyes on the 5-foot tall Catanzaro, the gymnast got off to a great start on her run. However, she ran into trouble on the cargo crossing, unable to swing from the cargo net to the grab bar. Catanzaro fell into the water to the disappointment of her many fans, but the athlete still has a chance to be chosen as a wild card in the Las Vegas finals. So, if viewers are lucky this will not be the last they see of the Mighty Kacy this season.
Watch Kacy Catanzaro’s run below:
On the other hand, Catanzaro’s boyfriend, Brent Steffensen, climbed the warped wall and completed the course in less than two minutes, redeeming himself after Season 6’s early exit.
Watch Brent Steffensen’s run below:
However, it was Daniel Gil who came out of Houston with the fastest time, completing the course in just over a minute and half. Gil was almost twenty seconds faster than the next quickest time, recorded by Steffensen.
Watch Daniel Gil’s run below:
In the end, 14 competitors completed the course to move on to the city finals, including Gil, Steffensen, Dillon Gates, Geoff Lancaster, Andrew Lowes, Tremayne Dortch, Abel Gonzalez, Nathan Jasso, Ryan McCoy, Sam Sann, Joe Calderon, Jonathan Horton, Tony Matesi and Jonathan Parr.
Watch Jonathan Horton’s run below:
Next week “American Ninja Warrior” is headed to Orlando for the next round of city qualifying runs. “American Ninja Warrior” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC. A replay of the Houston episode will air on Esquire Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT.