Jonny Moseley on 'American Ninja Warrior'
May, 19, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
“American Ninja Warrior,” the obstacle course competition series, returns to G4 on Sunday and to NBC on Monday. About 100 finalists will have a shot at a $500,000 cash prize and the chance to win the coveted “American Ninja Warrior” title at the national finals in Las Vegas.
We chased down Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, who is hosting the show, to talk about it.
So what's your role in the show?
"I'm actually co-hosting with Matt Iseman. Matt and I kind of do a play-by-play and color analyst set up but it is not your traditional sports show. People from all walks of life try are trying to complete the world's most difficult obstacle course. The design of the course is amazing and the obstacles are very creative and difficult."
You're also joined by Angela Sun as a sideline reporter. What's it like with those two?
"Ice and Angela are great. Ice is really good at what he does and keeps us laughing the whole time which helps because we call a lot of races. We have a good thing going. Sunny Angela is in the trenches interviewing all the competitors so she does not have to endure Matt and I constantly cracking crude jokes."
What’s it been like for you to see firemen to school teachers to social workers in this competition?
"This is my favorite part. These competitors are like the Olympians from back in the day. Normal jobs and lives by day and moonlighting as obsessed athletes. There is something very pure and real about these ninja warrior junkies that has really drawn me in."
You’ve done a lot of things athletic. What about this? Think you could have become a Ninja Warrior?
"Not in my current physical state. You'll see that these are the fittest guys I have seen anywhere. I see a lot of athletes that are tuned perfectly for what they do but these guys have to have such a broad range of strength and plyometric power in both their upper and lower body to tackle these obstacles."
What’s next for you after this?
"Going home to give my wife a break. She is a single mom of two all winter."