American Ninja Warrior veterans JJ Woods, Jessie Graff and Drew Drechsel did not disappoint with their performances at the Daytona Beach Finals. All three added new chapters to their still-unfolding obstacle-racing legacies.
[fusion_title size=”4″]JJ WOODS INSPIRES[/fusion_title]
Miami-based stuntman JJ Woods followed his flawless performance in the qualifiers with another stellar run in the finals — progressing to the final obstacle before his grip gave out on the Elevator Climb.
Woods dedicated both runs to his 8-year-old friend Zoey, who has undergone surgery and repeated chemotherapy treatments to combat stage-four neuroblastoma.
[fusion_title size=”4″]JESSIE GRAFF DOES THE SPLITS[/fusion_title]
Wearing her trademark outfit that simultaneously salutes Wonder Woman and Spider-Woman, Graff conquered the new Giant Cubes obstacle by doing the splits between the plexiglass boxes.
Like Woods, Graff progressed to the final obstacle where she too made a valiant effort before her arms gave way. She finished as the top female competitor and fourth overall on the night.
[fusion_title size=”4″]DREW DRECHSEL BURNS RUBBER[/fusion_title]
With the final run of the night, Drechsel prevented Daytona Beach from joining last year’s Philadelphia Finals as the only ANW obstacle course to go unconquered.
Drechsel’s buzzer-tapping finish was the nice exclamation point to what was a de facto homecoming for the gym owner who used to work as a used car salesman in Florida. His Daytona Beach triumph makes him a clear favorite to lead the way at the Vegas National Finals in a few weeks.