Turns out those waiting to catch the Kansas City finals episode of “American Ninja Warrior” will have to wait a little longer.
Without explanation, NBC switched the episode scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, with one shot in Cleveland; the Kansas City finals, shot at Union Station in April, will now air Aug. 21.
A couple of local competitors the Star profiled earlier this year plus a few new names made it to the finals: Independence mom and school teacher Annie Dudek, “Ninja Warrior” veteran Alex Carson of Kansas City, grad student Mitch Vedepo of Mission and casino slot technician Donovan Metoyer of Kansas City, who has also competed several times.
The last time audiences got a glimpse of Union Station on “Ninja Warrior” was the qualifying round that aired in July, when Richard Talavera, the 70-year-old man from Prairie Village who can do a handstand on a skateboard, became the oldest person ever to complete a “Ninja Warrior” obstacle. However, Talavera did not qualify for the finals.
More than 100 athletes from around the globe came to Union Station in April to make it past the qualifying round and become one of 30 competitors in the regional finals.
Kansas City is one of six regional hosts for Season 9 of “Ninja Warrior,” alongside Los Angeles, Cleveland, San Antonio, Denver and Daytona Beach, Fla. The winners of those regional finals will move on to the national finals in Las Vegas later this month.