Houstonian Nate Burkhalter shares his journey to the American Ninja Warrior National Finals | HO…

Houstonian Nate Burkhalter shares his journey to the American Ninja Warrior National Finals | HO…


>>Derrick: NO LIMITS NATE AND
WHOLE OTHER LIST OF NICKNAMES. WHOLE OTHER LIST OF NICKNAMES.
HE’S HERE NOW WITH THE HE’S HERE NOW WITH THE
INCREDIBLE NINJA WARRIOR RUN. INCREDIBLE NINJA WARRIOR RUN.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW. WELCOME TO THE SHOW.
>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>>Derrick: SO MANY NICKNAMES.>>Derrick: SO MANY NICKNAMES.
THE FOLLOWING YOU HAVE. THE FOLLOWING YOU HAVE.
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY HOW WELL WERE YOU SURPRISED BY HOW WELL
PEOPLE RESPONDED TO YOU? PEOPLE RESPONDED TO YOU?
>>A LITTLE BIT.>>A LITTLE BIT.
I WAS KIND OF THE SURPRISED AND I WAS KIND OF THE SURPRISED AND
SHOCKED JUST TO HEAR THAT I’VE SHOCKED JUST TO HEAR THAT I’VE
GOT A LITTLE BIT OF EXCITEMENT GOT A LITTLE BIT OF EXCITEMENT
I’VE SENT OUT TO THE WORLD. I’VE SENT OUT TO THE WORLD.
IT’S FUN TO KNOW PEOPLE WANT TO IT’S FUN TO KNOW PEOPLE WANT TO
JUMP INTO THAT AND I’VE BEEN JUMP INTO THAT AND I’VE BEEN
ENCOURAGED BY OTHER PEOPLE I’VE ENCOURAGED BY OTHER PEOPLE I’VE
SEEN ON THE SHOW AND OTHER WALKS SEEN ON THE SHOW AND OTHER WALKS
OF LIFE AND I LOVE I GET TO PASS OF LIFE AND I LOVE I GET TO PASS
THAT ON AND BRING PEOPLE ALONG. THAT ON AND BRING PEOPLE ALONG.
>>Courtney: YOUR STORY,>>Courtney: YOUR STORY,
OBVIOUSLY YOU’VE HAD PEAKS AND OBVIOUSLY YOU’VE HAD PEAKS AND
VALLEYS DURING YOUR TRAINING. VALLEYS DURING YOUR TRAINING.
YOU’VE BEEN INJURED TWICE. YOU’VE BEEN INJURED TWICE.
TALKTALK TO ME ABOUT TRAINING, Y TALKTALK TO ME ABOUT TRAINING, Y
WERE RUNNING GLACIERS OR WHAT WERE RUNNING GLACIERS OR WHAT
WAS THAT YOU WERE DOING? WAS THAT YOU WERE DOING?
WHAT WERE YOU LIVING? WHAT WERE YOU LIVING?
>>AS AN ENGINEER IN OIL AND>>AS AN ENGINEER IN OIL AND
GAS, IT’S GIVEN MANY THE GAS, IT’S GIVEN MANY THE
EOPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL A BIT EOPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL A BIT
WHICH IS FUN AND EXCITING BUT WHICH IS FUN AND EXCITING BUT
HARDING TO BE FOCUSED ON HARDING TO BE FOCUSED ON
TRAINING FOR NINJA WARRIOR. TRAINING FOR NINJA WARRIOR.
I TRY TO MAKE THE MENTALITY I TRY TO MAKE THE MENTALITY
WHEREVER I AM, USE WHAT’S WHEREVER I AM, USE WHAT’S
AVAILABLE. AVAILABLE.
IF I’M IN AFRICA AND A FEW LOCAL IF I’M IN AFRICA AND A FEW LOCAL
PEOPLE ARE PLAYING SOCCER, I PEOPLE ARE PLAYING SOCCER, I
JUMP IN AND JOIN THEM. JUMP IN AND JOIN THEM.
WHEN I LIVED IN NORWAY, IT’S A WHEN I LIVED IN NORWAY, IT’S A
LOT MORE MOUNTAINS AND I GOT THE LOT MORE MOUNTAINS AND I GOT THE
OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE NORTH OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE NORTH
POLE. POLE.
THIS IS A SHOT OVER HERE FROM THIS IS A SHOT OVER HERE FROM
WEST AFRICA SO I’M WORKING ON A WEST AFRICA SO I’M WORKING ON A
SMALL ISLAND THERE IN EQUATORIAL SMALL ISLAND THERE IN EQUATORIAL
GUINEA JUST OFF THE COAST OF GUINEA JUST OFF THE COAST OF
NIGERIA. NIGERIA.
WHEN I’M THERE, HERE’S A FEW WHEN I’M THERE, HERE’S A FEW
CLIPS FROM THE TIME IN NORWAY. CLIPS FROM THE TIME IN NORWAY.
>>Derrick: WERE YOU CLIMBING>>Derrick: WERE YOU CLIMBING
A LIGHTHOUSE? A LIGHTHOUSE?
>>Courtney: NO BIG DEAL!>>Courtney: NO BIG DEAL!
JUST GETTING A WORKOUT IN! JUST GETTING A WORKOUT IN!
>>NEGATIVE 40°, IT’S GETTING TO>>NEGATIVE 40°, IT’S GETTING TO
SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.
IT’S INCREDIBLE BEAUTY. IT’S INCREDIBLE BEAUTY.
IT’S AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE BUT IT’S AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE BUT
I RARELY GET TO TRAIN I RARELY GET TO TRAIN
SPECIFICALLY FOR NINJA WARRIOR, SPECIFICALLY FOR NINJA WARRIOR,
WHEREVER I AM, I TRY TO BE WHEREVER I AM, I TRY TO BE
CREATIVE FOR WHATEVER CREATIVE FOR WHATEVER
OPPORTUNITIES I HAVE. OPPORTUNITIES I HAVE.
IF IT’S DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE IF IT’S DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE
BIT MORE BALANCE ORIENTED OR BIT MORE BALANCE ORIENTED OR
CARDIO TRAINING, HIKING UP A CARDIO TRAINING, HIKING UP A
MOUNTAIN OR GLACIER AT THE NORTH MOUNTAIN OR GLACIER AT THE NORTH
POLE WITH -40° TEMPERATURES, YOU POLE WITH -40° TEMPERATURES, YOU
GOT TO THINK ABOUT HOW DO I GOT TO THINK ABOUT HOW DO I
RELATE THIS TO A NINJA WARRIOR RELATE THIS TO A NINJA WARRIOR
TRAIN MENTALITY. TRAIN MENTALITY.
IF YOU GO GET OUT IN THE COLD IF YOU GO GET OUT IN THE COLD
YOU NEEDING TO BE LIMITED TO THE YOU NEEDING TO BE LIMITED TO THE
EXPOSURE TO THAT TEMPERATURE. EXPOSURE TO THAT TEMPERATURE.
YOU NEED TO DO IT QUICK, DON’T YOU NEED TO DO IT QUICK, DON’T
GET LOST, A DIFFERENT PART OF GET LOST, A DIFFERENT PART OF
THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU COULD THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU COULD
TOTALLY GET LOST AND NO ONE TOTALLY GET LOST AND NO ONE
WOULD BRING YOU BACK. WOULD BRING YOU BACK.
YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME WITH NINJA YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME WITH NINJA
WARRIOR AS FAR AS ON THE SHOW SO WARRIOR AS FAR AS ON THE SHOW SO
YOU GOT TO COUNT DOWN. YOU GOT TO COUNT DOWN.
YOU CAN SEE 2:30 FOR THIS FINALS YOU CAN SEE 2:30 FOR THIS FINALS
RUN. RUN.
IN THAT WHEN YOU GET ON AN IN THAT WHEN YOU GET ON AN
OBSTACLE, I’VE ONLY GOT SO MANY OBSTACLE, I’VE ONLY GOT SO MANY
MUCH GRIP STRENGTH. MUCH GRIP STRENGTH.
THE LONGER I HANG ON ONE OF THE THE LONGER I HANG ON ONE OF THE
OBSTACLES, THE HIGHER CHANCE I’M OBSTACLES, THE HIGHER CHANCE I’M
GOING TO FALL OFF AND BE GOING TO FALL OFF AND BE
DISQUALIFIED AND FAIL. DISQUALIFIED AND FAIL.
I HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN HOW I’M I HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN HOW I’M
GOING TO QUICKLY GET ON AND OFF GOING TO QUICKLY GET ON AND OFF
OF THIS IN SOLVING THIS PUZZLE. OF THIS IN SOLVING THIS PUZZLE.
IT’S THE SAME THING I APPROACH IT’S THE SAME THING I APPROACH
WITH TRAINING. WITH TRAINING.
HOW CAN I APPLY SOME OF THAT. HOW CAN I APPLY SOME OF THAT.
SAW THE PUZZLE, GET THROUGH SAW THE PUZZLE, GET THROUGH
QUICKLY. QUICKLY.
>>Courtney: THE MENTAL>>Courtney: THE MENTAL
STRENGTH TO GO ALONG WITH THIS. STRENGTH TO GO ALONG WITH THIS.
WE HAVE TO REMIND OUR VIEWERS WE HAVE TO REMIND OUR VIEWERS
WHEN YOU’RE ON THAT RUN, ON A TV WHEN YOU’RE ON THAT RUN, ON A TV
SHOW, THAT’S THE FIRST HIM THE SHOW, THAT’S THE FIRST HIM THE
YOU’RE — THAT’S THE FIRST TIME YOU’RE — THAT’S THE FIRST TIME
YOU’RE DOING IT. YOU’RE DOING IT.
>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>THAT’S CORRECT.
WE’VE JUST SEEN THE OBSTACLES A WE’VE JUST SEEN THE OBSTACLES A
FEW HOURS BEFORE, THE NIGHT FEW HOURS BEFORE, THE NIGHT
BEFORE. BEFORE.
WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TEST THEM WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TEST THEM
OR GET ON THEM AND THEY’RE NEW OR GET ON THEM AND THEY’RE NEW
SO YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PRIOR SO YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PRIOR
EXPERIENCE WITH THEM WHICH IS EXPERIENCE WITH THEM WHICH IS
TOUGH. TOUGH.
MOST ATHLETES PLAYING SPORTS, MOST ATHLETES PLAYING SPORTS,
THEY’RE OUT THERE PRACTICING THE THEY’RE OUT THERE PRACTICING THE
SAME REPETITION FOR YEARS. SAME REPETITION FOR YEARS.
>>Courtney: YEAH, OVER AND>>Courtney: YEAH, OVER AND
OVER AND OVER AGAIN. OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
>>Derrick: I CAN’T IMAGINE>>Derrick: I CAN’T IMAGINE
THE PRESSURE. THE PRESSURE.
IS IT TRUE YOU HAVE TWO BROTHERS IS IT TRUE YOU HAVE TWO BROTHERS
WHO HAVE ALSO COMPETED ON THE WHO HAVE ALSO COMPETED ON THE
SHOW? SHOW?
>>TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS, JOEL>>TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS, JOEL
AND BEN AND THEY’VE ADVANCED TO AND BEN AND THEY’VE ADVANCED TO
THE REGIONAL FINALS. THE REGIONAL FINALS.
I’VE MADE THE BREAKTHROUGH INTO I’VE MADE THE BREAKTHROUGH INTO
THE NATIONAL FINALS. THE NATIONAL FINALS.
I’M HOPING THEY GET TO FOLLOW I’M HOPING THEY GET TO FOLLOW
SUIT, JUMP IN, IT WOULD BE FUN SUIT, JUMP IN, IT WOULD BE FUN
TO HAVE ALL THREE OF US TO HAVE ALL THREE OF US
TOGETHER. TOGETHER.
THEY’RE GOOD BROS. THEY’RE GOOD BROS.
MY YOUNGEST BROTHER BEN, JOEL, MY YOUNGEST BROTHER BEN, JOEL,
I’M THE OLDEST, FIVE AND I’M THE OLDEST, FIVE AND
TEN-YEAR GAP. TEN-YEAR GAP.
MY SISTERS ARE NOT SO MY SISTERS ARE NOT SO
INTERESTED. INTERESTED.
>>Derrick: YOU NEVER KNOW.>>Derrick: YOU NEVER KNOW.
AND YOUR JOURNEY HAS BEEN A LONG AND YOUR JOURNEY HAS BEEN A LONG
ONE WITH “AMERICAN NINJA ONE WITH “AMERICAN NINJA
WARRIOR.” WARRIOR.”
YOU QUALIFIED IN VEGAS BUT BROKE YOU QUALIFIED IN VEGAS BUT BROKE
YOUR ANKLE TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR ANKLE TWO DAYS BEFORE
COMPETITION? COMPETITION?
>>JUST BEFORE I WAS GETTING>>JUST BEFORE I WAS GETTING
READY TO GO. READY TO GO.
HEARTBREAKING. HEARTBREAKING.
I APPLIED TWO YEARS BEFORE THAT, I APPLIED TWO YEARS BEFORE THAT,
APPLIED, GOT REJECTED. APPLIED, GOT REJECTED.
I GOT A CALL SAYING IS YOUR I GOT A CALL SAYING IS YOUR
BROTHER APPLYING, YES, COOL, I BROTHER APPLYING, YES, COOL, I
WANT THEM ON THE SHOW, NOT YOU. WANT THEM ON THE SHOW, NOT YOU.
THE THIRD YEAR I FINALLY GOT THE THIRD YEAR I FINALLY GOT
ACCEPTED, GOT ON, DID WELL, MADE ACCEPTED, GOT ON, DID WELL, MADE
IT THROUGH THE REGIONALS, IT THROUGH THE REGIONALS,
NATIONAL FINALS, I WAS EXCITED, NATIONAL FINALS, I WAS EXCITED,
YES, I CAN BEAT THIS THING, YES, I CAN BEAT THIS THING,
LET’S GO. LET’S GO.
FINALLY IT’S WORTH IT. FINALLY IT’S WORTH IT.
GRADE THREE SPRAIN ON MY ANKLE. GRADE THREE SPRAIN ON MY ANKLE.
I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY
PICTURES THERE. PICTURES THERE.
THEY LOOK PRETTY GROTESQUE. THEY LOOK PRETTY GROTESQUE.
>>Derrick: TWO ANKLE INJURIES>>Derrick: TWO ANKLE INJURIES
PREVENTING YOU FROM COMPETING. PREVENTING YOU FROM COMPETING.
A SPRAIN TAKES LONGER THAN A SPRAIN TAKES LONGER THAN
RECOVERING FROM THE BREAK. RECOVERING FROM THE BREAK.
YOU STILL WANTED TO RUN THE YOU STILL WANTED TO RUN THE
COURSE ANYWAY. COURSE ANYWAY.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
WHEN I GOT MY CHANCE BACK IN WHEN I GOT MY CHANCE BACK IN
2016 AND INJURED THAT ANKLE, I 2016 AND INJURED THAT ANKLE, I
KNEW THERE WAS A VERY LOW CHANCE KNEW THERE WAS A VERY LOW CHANCE
I WOULD EVER GET BACK THERE. I WOULD EVER GET BACK THERE.
YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET GUARANTEED YOU DON’T ALWAYS GET GUARANTEED
TO GET BACK ON THE SHOW. TO GET BACK ON THE SHOW.
DEFINITELY DON’T HAVE A HIGH DEFINITELY DON’T HAVE A HIGH
CHANCE OF RETURNING TO THE CHANCE OF RETURNING TO THE
NATIONAL FINALS. NATIONAL FINALS.
I MAY NEVER GET ANOTHER CHANCE. I MAY NEVER GET ANOTHER CHANCE.
I’M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN I’M GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN
TO GET THROUGH THIS. TO GET THROUGH THIS.
I DID A FOOTBALL TAPE WRAP, PUT I DID A FOOTBALL TAPE WRAP, PUT
A BIG ANKLE BRACE ON AND THEN A BIG ANKLE BRACE ON AND THEN
TOOK SOME IBUPROFEN AND WENT TOOK SOME IBUPROFEN AND WENT
AFTER THE COURSE AND KIND OF AFTER THE COURSE AND KIND OF
PEGLEGGED IT. PEGLEGGED IT.
DIDN’T WORK OUT. DIDN’T WORK OUT.
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE
ANOTHER CHANCE. ANOTHER CHANCE.
AND THE NEXT TWO YEARS WAS AND THE NEXT TWO YEARS WAS
MISSING THAT NATIONAL FINAL SPOT MISSING THAT NATIONAL FINAL SPOT
BY ONE YEAR AND THIS IS WHY I BY ONE YEAR AND THIS IS WHY I
WAS LIVING OVERSEAS IN AFRICA WAS LIVING OVERSEAS IN AFRICA
AND NORWAY AND STILL TRAINING AND NORWAY AND STILL TRAINING
BUT JUST MOVED HOME LAST YEAR, BUT JUST MOVED HOME LAST YEAR,
GOT A CHANCE, MADE IT THROUGH GOT A CHANCE, MADE IT THROUGH
THE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS, THE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS,
REGIONAL FINALS, ADVANCED TO THE REGIONAL FINALS, ADVANCED TO THE
NATIONAL FINALS AND TWO WEEKS NATIONAL FINALS AND TWO WEEKS
AGO ON MONDAY NIGHT GOT THROUGH AGO ON MONDAY NIGHT GOT THROUGH
AND BEAT THE NATIONAL FINALS AND BEAT THE NATIONAL FINALS
STAGE ONE ROUND. STAGE ONE ROUND.
>>Courtney: IT’S SO AWESOME.>>Courtney: IT’S SO AWESOME.
EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH
AND I JUST — THE MENTAL AND I JUST — THE MENTAL
CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO. CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO.
WE’VE MET YOUR TEAMMATES AND WE’VE MET YOUR TEAMMATES AND
OTHER HOUSTONIANS ON THE SHOW. OTHER HOUSTONIANS ON THE SHOW.
YOU ALL COME FROM VERY DIFFERENT YOU ALL COME FROM VERY DIFFERENT
LIVES. LIVES.
ONE THING THAT WEAVES YOU ALL ONE THING THAT WEAVES YOU ALL
TOGETHER AND THAT’S BASICALLY TOGETHER AND THAT’S BASICALLY
HEART AND SOUL. HEART AND SOUL.
IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING AND
YOU WANT IT, YOU HAVE THAT FIRE YOU WANT IT, YOU HAVE THAT FIRE
IN YOUR BELLY AS I LIKE TO SAY, IN YOUR BELLY AS I LIKE TO SAY,
IT’S SO INCREDIBLE WHAT THAT IT’S SO INCREDIBLE WHAT THAT
DOES TO YOU TO KEEP YOU GOING. DOES TO YOU TO KEEP YOU GOING.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
WE DO HAVE A GREAT COMMUNITY. WE DO HAVE A GREAT COMMUNITY.
YOU WILL SEE ON THE SHOW, YOU WILL SEE ON THE SHOW,
EVERYONE IS REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF EVERYONE IS REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF
EACH OTHER. EACH OTHER.
IF SOMEONE DOES BETTER THAN ME IF SOMEONE DOES BETTER THAN ME
AND KNOCKS ME OUT, I STILL WANT AND KNOCKS ME OUT, I STILL WANT
TO SEE THEM DO THE BEST THEY TO SEE THEM DO THE BEST THEY
CAN. CAN.
IT’S HARD TO DO THAT AS AN IT’S HARD TO DO THAT AS AN
ATHLETE BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU PUT ATHLETE BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU PUT
INTO IT. INTO IT.
THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS
TEAM MENTALITY, WE’RE ALL TEAM MENTALITY, WE’RE ALL
TOGETHER AGAINST THE COURSE TOGETHER AGAINST THE COURSE
INSTEAD OF AGAINST EACH OTHER. INSTEAD OF AGAINST EACH OTHER.
WHEN WE HAVE THAT IT HELPS YOU WHEN WE HAVE THAT IT HELPS YOU
PERSEVERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW PERSEVERE BECAUSE YOU KNOW
SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDELINE SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDELINE
ENCOURAGING YOU ON THE SHOW AND ENCOURAGING YOU ON THE SHOW AND
BEHIND THE SCENES IN REAL LIFE. BEHIND THE SCENES IN REAL LIFE.
>>Derrick: THAT DEFINITELY>>Derrick: THAT DEFINITELY
COMES THROUGH ON THE SHOW. COMES THROUGH ON THE SHOW.
WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU. WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU.
A REMINDER YOU CAN SEE NATE A REMINDER YOU CAN SEE NATE
ALONG WITH THE OTHER HOUSTONIANS ALONG WITH THE OTHER HOUSTONIANS
COMPETING ON AMERICAN “AMERICAN COMPETING ON AMERICAN “AMERICAN
WARRIOR” MONDAY NIGHTS ON KPRC

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