CLOVIS, Calif. – 25-year-old Landon Fischer was just a teenager when NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” debuted in 2009.
“I was just a crazy kid so it was entertaining for me to watch, as a young kid,” says Fischer. “And I’ve always been kind of athletic, too, and just doing gymnastics helped that.”
Fischer has been a gymnast since he was three years old. After graduating from Clovis High School, he walked onto the gymnastics team at Arizona State.
By his junior year, he was an all-American.
“In college people would be like, ‘Dude, you would do good on that show. You should try it out. Just send in an application,'” says Fischer.
Those people were right. He did. And he received a phone call in March.
“‘Good news. You can earn your way onto the show but, bad news, you’re not officially on right now.’ And that’s where “Snapchat Ninja Warrior” comes in,” he said.
“American Ninja Warrior on Snapchat” is the same competition as that which is seen on the TV show. However, there are not as many competitors: only six guys and six girls were picked for the Snapchat series.
“It’s a younger crowd, says Fischer. “They say 80% of Snapchat’s audience is under 23 years old. So it’s little two-to-four minute episodes.”
Landon Fischer was featured in several of those episodes: first in Los Angeles, then in Cincinnati after he beat out the other guys in the Snapchat series.
Ohio, though, is where Fischer’s journey ended.
“There were like three aspects of the obstacle and I fell on the last part of it. And if I would have cleared it and got the platform, then I would have qualified for Day 2,” he said.
Still, Landon Fischer beat out more than half of the “ninja hopefuls” in Cincinnati.
“I want people to see me as the all-around guy, as the guy who can do gymnastics and flips and touch weights and ‘CrossFit’ and whatever, and do everything and still be a ninja warrior at the same time,” he said.