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Is Monroe native an 'American Ninja Warrior'?
Monroe native Dakota Phillips transitions from one challenge to a rope wall during his "American Ninja Warrior" qualifying run April 24 in Kansas City, Missouri. At 21, Phillips achieved his dream of competing to be on the NBC show. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - "American Ninja Warrior" is a television competition filled with moving metal bars, ropes and steep ramps for contestants to maneuver while mostly swinging 12 feet above a pool of water they cannot touch. Popular in its last eight seasons on NBC, it began as a Japanese competition called Sasuke. Monroe native Dakota Phillips knew he wanted to be a part of the contest even as he watched the early iteration, understanding little but what he could grasp from quick-moving subtitles on the screen.