Boulder 10-year-old to Put His Ninja Skills to Test on National TV
When the junior version of “American Ninja Warrior” premieres Saturday on Universal Kids, NBC Universal’s cable network for kids, Boulder will getting its props.
Among the nearly 200 junior ninjas from across the United States competing on the show is 10-year-old aspiring ninja warrior and Boulder resident Caleb Tucker.
“Junior” is the kid--centric version of NBC’s popular “American Ninja Warrior,” a sports-entertainment show that features competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses in cities across America in hopes of advancing to the national finals in Las Vegas.
The junior competition sports the same courses, but at a smaller scale for contestants ages 9 to 14. The series will have competitions in three age brackets: 9 and 10, 11 and 12, and 13 and 14. The winner of each of the brackets will be crowned the three first “American Ninja Warrior Junior” champions.
After watching American Ninja Warrior with his family since he was 3, Caleb Tucker was thrilled to go from spectator to competitor.
“It was fun, and I really liked it,” Caleb said. “The most challenging obstacle was the Spin-Cycle.”
The Spin Cycle obstacle consists of three spinning metal hoops, in which competitors must use their upper-body and momentum to traverse from one hoop to the other.
“They are much easier on playgrounds,” Caleb said.
Caleb’s mother, Susan Tucker, said the show drew a community of young athletes that were inspiring in their dedication.
“It was just amazing to see all these other kids that were like Caleb, that are super-achievers in what they do, and they love ninjas,” she said. ”(It was) such a wonderful thing to be a part of the ninja community.”