2 Mormons to Root for on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" (+ Why It's a Miracle One Is Still Alive)

by | Jun. 02, 2017

Mormon Life

Whether it's climbing up the infamous 15-foot warped wall or jolting up the salmon ladder, American Ninja Warrior is known for testing contenders to their physical limits. 

And for some reason, a few Mormons have willingly submitted themselves to these grueling tests of physical strength and endurance. 

Most recently, Church members Devin Stratton and Matt Reeves made it past to the preliminary rounds of the show in Denver. 

Reeves says in his submission video that he honed his skills for the show by rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, mountain unicycling, and biking, "not to mention the speed and agility that comes from being the youngest of 11, escaping torment and getting dinner before it was gone."

He continues, "Basically, my entire lifestyle is training for American Ninja Warrior."

Stratton, also a mountain climber, told the Deseret News he "didn't even get a look" when he applied last year. 

But that all changed when Stratton made headlines nationwide for surviving a fall from a 150-foot cliff. 

After mistaking the area for a skiing route, Stratton couldn't stop himself before falling off the cliff, walking away without so much as a bruise.

"In my head, I was just praying and basically just said, 'Please help me,'” Stratton says in a video from Inside Edition. "When I landed and I was still alive, I was stoked. . . . It was more than lucky; it was definitely a miracle." 

And now, both Stratton and Reeves will use their skills to compete in one of the toughest tests of human strength and endurance yet. 

Find out how they measure up in the competition by tuning into American Ninja Warrior, which premieres June 12 at 8/7c. 

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