American Ninja Warrior

Danell Leyva
NBC

Watch Danell Leyva splash out of American Ninja Warrior

Leave a comment

Triple Olympic medalist Danell Leyva became the latest gymnast to appear on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” splashing out of the “Leaps of Faith” in the latter portion of the course in the Los Angeles City Finals that aired Monday.

Leyva’s full run can be seen at the 44-minute mark here.

Leyva, a 27-year-old who took all-around bronze at the 2012 London Games and then retired with parallel bars and high bar silver in Rio, was cheered on by 2012 Olympic teammates Jonathan Horton and John Orozco. He previously completed the course at the Los Angeles City qualifier.

Horton has tackled ANW five times, according to the broadcast. Other gymnasts to appear on the show included Olympic all-around champions Nastia Liukin and Paul Hamm and, perhaps the show’s most famous competitor, former Towson University athlete Kacy Catanzaro.

Leyva could still make the Las Vegas finals, according to the broadcast.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Japan’s gymnastics team for worlds lacks its superstars

Watch Nastia Liukin tackle American Ninja Warrior course

Leave a comment

Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion, became the latest Olympian to complete an “American Ninja Warrior” course, doing so with the help of a Ninja Warrior veteran.

Liukin, competing on the show’s “Red Nose Day” charity episode, joined the likes of two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and fellow Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton in successfully navigating all of the physically challenging obstacles.

Liukin’s trainer and ANW veteran Barclay Stockett gave her a hand on the final element — the warped wall — to raise $30,000 for charity.

Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm have also competed on Ninja Warrior.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Liukin among gymnastics Hall of Fame inductees

Jonathan Horton announces retirement after ‘Ninja Warrior’ appearance

Leave a comment

Two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton announced his retirement from gymnastics Monday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Horton, 31, missed much of the Rio Olympic cycle due to shoulder surgeries and a torn pectoral muscle, the former ultimately derailing his bid to make a third Olympic team.

“I was hurt every single year for six years after never being hurt once,” Horton said at a watch party for his “American Ninja Warrior” appearance Monday, according to the newspaper. “It was a matter of my body telling me that we need to be done.”

Horton, at 5 feet, 1 inch, succeeded 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm as the star of U.S. men’s gymnastics.

He led a depleted American team to bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games and tacked on a high bar silver, missing gold by .025.

Horton added a world all-around bronze medal in 2010, plus all-around titles at the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2009 and 2010 U.S. Championships.

“I would love to have won a gold medal, but I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish,” Horton said, according to the newspaper. “I left nothing out there. I gave it all I had, and I don’t live my life by regrets.”

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Orozco reflects as he ends gymnastics career