American Ninja Warrior Meets VA Loan Officers
NBC’s hit TV show American Ninja Warrior sets contestants against each other in a race to see who can maneuver seemingly impassible obstacles in the fastest time. Competitors must complete a city qualifying round before moving on to the city finals. Regional winners go on to the national round, and in stages, the contestants are eliminated until they reach the final stage: Mt. Midoriyama. At this stage, they must complete a 75-foot rope climb in under 30 seconds. If a competitor successfully completes this last task, they claim total victory and take home one million dollars.
Among the thousands that apply every year since the TV series began in 2009, more than 3,500 athletes have attempted the challenge, and only two have won the title of total victory in that time. Most of the courses feature obstacles like the Log Runner. There are variations of this obstacle, but the one featured in the Oklahoma City Qualifier included five rotating logs that each sit at increasing heights with the exception of the fourth log that is even with the third. Another common hurdle is the Bar Hop. At this point, challengers must use their own body weight to swing the bar they hang from onto the next set of hooks. If done incorrectly, bar and contestant come crashing down. The Oklahoma City round airing tonight will also include the Ring Swing, the Floating Steps, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Warriors of Low VA Rates
This year, two employees from Low VA Rates competed in the Oklahoma competition airing later tonight: Clayton Wolf and Wally Roskelly.
Clayton Wolf became a loan officer in 2007 and made the 2015 Scotsman Guide of Top VA Loan Officers in the nation. Clayton grew up in Dallas, Texas, and now lives in Utah County with his family. When he isn’t hard at work on VA loans, he likes to spend his time outdoors wakeboarding, boating, and four-wheeling. His adventurous spirit served him well in the ANW competition.
The other contestant, Wally Roskelley, told us that “This was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been able to do. I have loved the show and always wanted to compete.”
And competing in the American Ninja Warrior course was not such a huge leap from everyday life for Wally who has been rock climbing competitively for 20 years. Beyond that, he loves snowboarding, sky diving, and just about any other outdoor adventure you can think of. Since Wally grew up in Colorado and now lives in Eagle Mountain, Utah, with his family, he has had plenty of opportunities to do everything he loves.
Watch ANW and Cheer for Our Loan Officers!
The ANW courses are designed to test strength, speed, grip, and balance. This American contest is certainly not for the weak or undisciplined, and only two contestants to date have won total victory. If you’ve ever seen the TV show, you know how common slipups and injuries are—which is part of the fun! Even with the intense pressure, both Wally Roskelly and Clayton Wolf were excited to tackle the obstacles and try their hands at something new. Tune in to NBC tonight at 7:00 to see how some of the Low VA Rates team ranked in their quest to become the ninjas of America.