And then there were two.
After months of waiting and rounds of qualifying, Kansas City can now watch as two remaining local athletes compete to be crowned the “American Ninja Warrior” and take home a $1 million prize.
Alex Carson of Kansas City and Mitchell VeDepo of Mission will appear on the Sept. 11 national finals episode of NBC’s hit reality competition series “American Ninja Warrior,” airing at 7 p.m. from the Las Vegas Strip.
Vedepo, 26, nicknamed “The Science Ninja,” is a bioengineering doctoral student at the University of Kansas. He had placed first in the Kansas City finals round, which aired in August but was filmed at Union Station in April.
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Carson, a 30-year-old manufacturing engineer, placed ninth in the Kansas City finals.
NBC confirmed that a third national finalist, Donovan Metoyer, will not appear on the Sept. 11 episode.
The national finals, which began airing Sept. 4 from Las Vegas, pit the top 15 competitors from the regional rounds held in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland, San Antonio and Daytona Beach, Fla.
First they must complete 23 obstacles of increasing difficulty. Then they face the formidable Mount Midoryama, a 75-foot rope climb that must be completed in under 30 seconds. To date only two competitors have ever done so.
The season finale will air on Sept. 18.