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Local teen gets 'Golden Ticket' to compete on American Ninja Warrior

16-year old Sam Folsom of Woodriver, Illinois will compete in May at the Dome.

ST. LOUIS — Athletes train for years for the opportunity to compete on American Ninja Warrior. This May, Sam Folsom, 16, of Woodriver, Illinois will get the chance to test his skills on a ninja course at the Dome at America’s Center. Tuesday afternoon, Folsom was handed a “Golden Ticket” to the competition, compliments of American Ninja Warrior.

The surprise was carried out live on 5 On Your Side at 4. Folsom was speechless when Show Me St. Louis’ Courtney Budelman handed him the ticket. Folsom works out with other ninja hopefuls at the Ultimate Ninja’s gym in Chesterfield. The training facility is managed by Jamie Rahn, aka “Captain NBC’, one of the most recognized stars on American Ninja Warrior. Rahn’s a fan favorite with superhero costumes and crazy hair.

“Most athletes train several days a week to master the skills needed to complete the ninja course,”  said Rahn.

Folsom is one of those athletes and often hits the gym six days a week. He’s even built his own course in the family barn. Folsom has been competing in smaller regional competitions, but since he’s just 16, had no idea he’s be invited to compete. The current age limit for the show is 19. You can watch Folsom compete live this May in St. Louis.

American Ninja Warrior returning to St. Louis in May

Come see your favorite ninja superstars and rookie competitors this summer 

Come see your favorite ninja superstars and dozens of exciting rookie competitors be the first to tackle never-before-seen obstacles in the Dome at America's Center! 

The shows will be taped May 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th during the afternoon and evening. 


If you're a fan of the show don't miss this amazing opportunity to see the phenomenon LIVE! Tickets are FREE, but you have to reserve your spot in advance to be in the live audience when American Ninja Warrior returns with hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with sideline host Zuri Hall!

Click here to sign up and ANW will notify you via email as soon as tickets are released.

5 On Your Side is the exclusive St. Louis station of American Ninja Warrior.

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