ANW11 – Atlanta Qualifying June 5th

American Ninja Warrior - Season 9Hey friends! The time has come!! I’m continually amazed at where this adventure has led, and this Wednesday, June 5th, you can see me compete in my 6th season on an all-new #AmericanNinjaWarrior at 8/7c on NBC.

We filmed this episode in Atlanta back in April and have had to keep our mouths shut about the results until it airs. You can browse some of the photos from that night here:

ATLANTA ANW 11 PHOTOS

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Ninja Warrior 11 – Atlanta Photos

Filming in Atlanta has completed, and as always, it was an amazing time. I always come away wishing I had gotten more photos, but here are a handful of some behind the scenes.

The season begins May 29 on NBC! Typically, the first region aired is Los Angeles, and then the next week should be Atlanta. I’ll share more info here when the date is known.

Until then (and always) get all the Ninja Warrior scoop at the sources below!

 

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Miami City Finals: Links and Thanks!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all y’all! It’s been crazy fun and an amazing ride. If you missed the show on Monday you can see my run these ways:

1) On NBC this Friday, August 3rd at 8pm/7c. My run comes up around 1 hour 30 min into it.
2) Full episode: https://www.nbc.com/american-ni…/…/miami-city-finals/3768291
(my run comes up at the 1:04 mark in that timeline)
3) Run only: https://youtu.be/wiPC5arhaB4

Those first two options each include the competitor profile with the Furman University footage that they showed before my run, as well as the post-run interview with Kristine. The youtube clip is the run, only.

Thank you for all your kind words, friendship and support!!

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Miami City Finals are Monday Night!

The time is here! THIS Monday night, July 30th, you’ll be able to watch to top 30 competitors from the southeast region compete for 15 spots to advance to the national finals. The action starts at 8/7c on NBC!

If you missed my Miami Qualifying run, you can catch it HERE on YouTube (run-only) and HERE on NBC (includes the full profile they did before my run, and the post-run interview with Kristine). And if you want to know what it was like inside my head at the time, you can even do that HERE.

This was my second year in a row making it to a City Finals round. Last year in Daytona, I fell on the Rolling Thunder but made it just far enough fast enough to advance with the top 30. Late into that qualifying round I was unsure if I was going to make it in. This year I was able to leave no doubt by finally getting past the 5th obstacle and up the wall to hit my first buzzer!

Thanks for all of your support!!

(also, American Ninja Warrior just released my season 10 submission video below)

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Miami Qualifying Post-Run Thoughts

Thanks to anwnation.com for hosting my qualifying wrap-up article.

https://www.americanninjawarriornation.com/2018/6/16/17469054/bootie-cothran-anw10-miami-qualifying-post-run-thoughts

Watch American Ninja Warrior June 13th!

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Alright friends, here’s your reminder!

If you want to see some Bootie flying around on your TV (and who doesn’t??) watch an all-new American Ninja Warrior this Wednesday, June 13th, at 8/7c on NBC. This will be the Miami City Qualifying course, where the top 30 will advance to the Miami City Finals with a chance to also advance to the National Finals.

We filmed this back in April, and the big question everyone wants to know is, how did I do??? Well, you’ll see it all in HD video on Wednesday, June 13th, at 8/7c, on NBC. Check your local listings.

So set your DVR, put it on your calendar, write it on your hand, or do whatever it is you do when you need a reminder. Thanks for your support!


Now, here are a few ways to stay informed with all things ninja:

anwnation.com is the official fan site where they publish all kinds of behind the scenes goodies.

You can find American Ninja Warrior on youtube with exclusive clips and videos at Ninja Warrior YouTube

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ANW10 – Miami: Wrapup and Photos

It is becoming more and more apparent to me that, if you believe in yourself, use positive thinking, and work hard, you can bring whatever change or growth you want to your life.

5 years ago I discovered this crazy obstacle course show called American Ninja Warrior at the ripe old age of 44. When I applied that year, I dreamed of just getting a shot at running the course and trying to prove something with an aging body. I could not imagine I would be where I am today, embraced by an incredible ninja community and now competing in my 5th season, feeling stronger and more confident than ever.

Well, we recently wrapped up filming for season 10 of the southeast region in Miami, which is where it all started for me back in season 5. As always, it was an awesome experience. The show will air sometime in June (I’ll share more info as it approaches, so be sure to follow me here for the updates). But for now, here is a short wrap-up and a small glimpse into the family and the experience that is American Ninja Warrior:

The day before the comp many ninjas are called to arrive in waves at a site where we film interviews, b-roll and “hero” shots. This is often a half-day affair with a lot of sitting around and waiting, so you get to meet a lot of new ninjas and catch up with old friends.

05 Hero shots

Green screen time!

03 Nic

This is Nic Steinhaus! He’s a rookie on the course and also has a bunch of titanium parts inside his body and a good comeback story.

04 natalie

This is Natalie Duran, a popular name on the show. When I was walking up to the hotel for interview day, she came rolling up on a Harley Davidson looking like the badass she is.

08 Moose

This is Morgan Wright (Moose) and he and I are representing with the older ninjas in Miami.  He’s an elementary school teacher and an overall awesome and fun guy. Like me, he’s a veteran who comes into season 10 having never hit a button.

09 Twins

Dougie-Fresh and Kelley and family! They’re are expecting twins, who are already on the #BootieBandwagon! Dougie and I first met in Orlando in season 7 and were shown back-to-back in the Qualifying episode.

10 Matt Barclay

This is Matt Barclay. We met at a local ninja comp in Atlanta a couple years ago as he was in the process of getting involved in the ninja world, having worked really hard at getting healthy and into shape for applying to the show. I love these kinds of stories, seeing people challenging and believing in themselves, working hard and being empowered by the results.

11 Bree

This is Bree!! We met and ran together last year in Daytona, and yeah, she’s scary strong!!

12 Beards

Ryan and Brett are longtime friends, former roommates, and have been on the show since it began 10 years ago. Their beards are almost as legendary as their skills, and yeah, they’re on the #BootieBandwagon, too.

13 run number

On the day of the competition, we show up for check-in where we find out what number we are running. That’s region 3, runner number 28.

14 Mike Cook

Mike Cook operates Ultimate Backyard Warrior (UBW) in Rocky Mount, NC, and hosts 2 major ninja events each year that bring in ninjas from all over the country.

16 Joel

This is Joel, a former F15 fighter pilot who has battled against cancer and is out here taking on his next challenge.

17 before rules

Once all the ninjas have checked in, we gather at the start of the course to go over the rules for each obstacle, watch a single demonstration and ask any questions. We do not get to practice or touch the obstacles before our run.

18 Glenn

This is Glenn Davis, one of the owners of NinjaQuest in Marietta, GA. He’s a former gymnast and a creative and talented obstacle builder. He spent the past 2 seasons testing the courses in Daytona and now Miami. (Testers are used so producers can be sure the obstacles are not too hard but also not too easy!)

19 Reko

This is Reko Rivera, a DJ, entertainer and fire-blower who I first met in season 5. We’ve competed together at every ANW event I’ve been a part of, as well as some local competitions.

20 Jess

This is Jessica Clayton. We first met at a local competition in Atlanta a few years ago. She works at NinjaQuest Fitness in Atlanta and is a beast on any course.

21 Colleen

This is Colleen McCormack. We’ve been together at a lot of ANW and local competitions, but perhaps our most fun memory was from season 8 in Atlanta when we shared the best Uber ride ever with Justin Mania to Slingshot Entertainment the night before filming.

22 Chuckster

Chuck Mammay, “The Chuckster”, competed in seasons 8 and 9 at over 70 years old. He’s well-known and loved!

23 Brickhouse

Brick!! This is Steven Brickhouse, who was featured in season 8. I see you, Brick!

24 Nic pre start

Here’s Nic Steinhaus again waiting his turn to step up to the platform on qualifying night. This is the moment everything comes down to, and it’s intense!!

25 Kevon

I met Kevon White at B-roll and interview filming. This was his first year competing. He played football in college and was here looking for a new challenge. Great meeting you, Kevon!

26 resting after qualifying

This was me trying to get some rest after my qualifying run.

27 After breakfast

The morning after the qualifying night, headed back to my hotel after breakfast (the show is filmed all overnight to get the production value of having the dark backdrop and lights).

29 Filming a promo after lunch

After the break for lunch, here are Matt, Akbar, JJ Woods and Barclay Stockett filming a promo for Ninja vs Ninja, which airs on USA Network on Mondays at 11pm. Check it out!!

30 kip at MIA

This is Kip, and he was one of the testers for the course. He got to play on pretty much the entire course as they were setting it up and making adjustments, and crushed nearly everything he touched! We ended up on the same flight out on Sunday afternoon. Great hanging with you, brother!

31 Joel at airport

Here’s Joel again in the airport. He shared the same flight out with me and Kip.

This is part of the crew that came to support me in Miami. I am so grateful for their support! Mom, dad, Jodi, Donovan, Nia and Logan, John and Meghan and Eric and Charlie!

Those are just a small group of photos from a much larger family. Stay tuned, more to come! The new season begins May 30th on NBC at 8/7c, so don’t miss it!!

Peace,
Bootie

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ANW9 – Daytona City Finals Post-Run Thoughts

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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR — “Daytona Beach Finals” — Pictured: Bootie Cothran — (Photo by: Myron Luzniak/NBC)

Thank you ALL for the support!! ANW9 Daytona is in the books, and if you missed it, you can watch all episodes online at NBC.com.

My first City Finals night was a LOT of fun, and here’s what it was like from my perspective on the course:

It’s a big confidence boost to be able to run the course the second night, having had my qualifying run the night before and knowing what to expect from the obstacles. I knew I could complete everything at least up to the Rolling Thunder, so I felt really good about attacking the course with confidence and speed. Honestly though, I was tired from the overnight shoot the night before, my arms were a bit sore, and Rolling Thunder was in my head. Even if I got through it, I was unsure if I’d have anything left for the salmon ladder. But instead of over-thinking it or focusing on those negatives, my plan was simply to trust my abilities and do the absolute very best I could. That’s all I could ask of myself. That’s all any of us can ask of ourselves in any situation, right? As long as I did that, I would happily accept any outcome.

So here it is by obstacle:

I got the signal to start and made it quickly through the Floating Steps but got caught up going in circles on the rope dismount, causing me to expend more time and energy than I had planned. I was calm and was never worried or panicked, knowing I would correct it, eventually. It was more of an annoyance to me than anything else. After what seemed like 8 or 10 swings, I finally dismounted. I recall slamming my hand down in frustration as I climbed up the platform, a little angry at myself about that, but I knew I shouldn’t dwell on it.

“It’s in the past, dude. It’s out of your hands. The most productive thing you can do is let it go and look ahead.”

So I did. Despite that hiccup, I was feeling extremely confident and was in a great place, mentally. I was running aggressive, and it felt amazing!

I got to the top of the Rolling Pin and didn’t hesitate. I grabbed on, unafraid, pushed off the platform, and held on for the ride. Nearly everyone who had completed this obstacle on both nights did so by landing on their backs at the end of it, and I had too, during qualifying the night before. But as I approached the end, I managed to let go at the right time and landed squarely on my feet, and then I paused briefly to look back at the obstacle with a little bit of an attitude.

I quickly eyed up the Wingnuts and jumped right into the first one. I attacked it with confidence, taking maybe 2 swings to move between each one, and then casually dismounted like I was taking a stroll.

The crowd was into it, and I was running with a confidence and energy I’d never felt before in any competition. I stepped up to the Broken Bridge and there was no question in my mind that I was going to beat it.

“There’s no reason to stand here and eye it up, giving it time to get in your head. You did it last night and it was easy. It’s not going to get any easier by thinking about it. Just go.”

I immediately ran right across in full control, again landing squarely on my feet on the platform, soaking in the roar of the crowd. It was such an incredible feeling.

I took a short rest and jumped up to Rolling Thunder, moving as fast as I could. I didn’t feel like I got as good of a start like I had gotten in qualifying. It felt slower going. I recall it getting somewhat stuck on one of the drops and I had to shake it loose. My hands, fingers and arms were wearing out before I was halfway through. I took a couple of breaks to hang by one arm and shake out the other, but about 3/4 of the way through I was wearing out fast, and was still too far to dismount.

“Just keep going! Reach! Pull! Reach! Pull!

I remember my face scrunching up as I was pushing through the last bit of pain, reaching as if my life depended on it. The next thing I knew, I was falling, and it felt like slow-motion while I just let myself relax and plunge into the water below. It almost felt good. I was completely exhausted, and didn’t have the energy left to get out of the pool. But I was satisfied that I had given it everything I had, and was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity. So with that, despite having fallen short of making it into the National Finals, I left Daytona feeling successful and proud.

I love this stuff. I hope you do, too. Thanks for doing season 9 with me, and I hope we get to do it again next year! Stay tuned every Monday night at 8/7c on NBC to see the rest of my ninjas compete in the remaining City Finals and then the National Finals in Las Vegas.

Peace and Love,
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Watch American Ninja Warrior August 7

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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR — “Daytona Beach Qualifier” — Pictured: Bootie Cothran — (Photo by: Myron Luzniak/NBC)

Hey friends, now it’s time for the Daytona City Finals! Let this serve as your official notice to set your DVR, tell all your friends, and add a personal reminder to look for me on American Ninja Warrior THIS Monday night, August 7th at 8/7c on NBC!

In June, the Daytona Qualifying episode was aired, where I went far enough, fast enough to advance into the Daytona City Finals as one of the top-30 finishers. It was the first time I’ve made it to the City Finals, and a 5-year goal.

Will I make it to the National Finals in Vegas??? Tune in to find out!! Please share with your friends and family, and tune in on August 7th to see how it unfolds!!

Thanks for the support!
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ANW9 – Daytona Qualifying Post-Run Thoughts

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A great bunch of family and friends made the trip!

Wow! What a ride!! Thanks for all the support!! If you missed it this past Monday night, you can watch the Daytona Qualifier episode online right here at NBC.com. It’s a great show all around but if you want to zone in on my run, it happens around 1:04 on that timeline. I hate it for all the folks that don’t get any airtime. There are so many competitors and not enough time to show everyone’s run, so any amount of airtime is appreciated.

See my photos from Daytona HERE!

I had a great experience, as always, and here’s a detailed look at what it was like from my perspective.

After getting over the flu just 1 week before competing, I got into Daytona a few days early to get settled in and was just beginning to feel like myself again as qualifying night approached. On every qualifying night, there’s a LOT of energy and adrenaline in the air as filming begins, and it’s easy to let that suck you in. It’s hard not to. But this year, the good advice from veteran ninja Reko Rivera convinced me to stay off my feet and avoid too much excitement before my run.

So I sat a lot more and used that time to get a lot more focused on my mental state, adding that to my typical routine of stretching, breathing, and visualizing the course and my run. I focused my best on keeping any negative thoughts at bay. I know a fall is possible at any time, but as with most things, it’s easy for the human mind to dwell on the negative, which creates doubt, causing us to question our abilities, creating more negativity and opening the door to failure.

I kept reassuring myself, “There are more reasons I CAN be successful than there are reasons I cannot,” and I was 100% certain of that. I also reminded myself to smile and to ask myself on the course: “Are you having fun?” After all, if I’m not having fun, why am I there?? That mental attitude took a lot of pressure off and helped me relax and enjoy the run. My goal became less about achieving a certain result and more about calmness, focus, trusting my instincts, doing my absolute best, enjoying the experience, and letting the rest fall where it may.

So here it is by obstacle:

The Floating Steps are tougher than they look, and you can’t take them for granted. They always take down a few ninjas every year. I was confident, trusting my ability and past experience on them in Atlanta last year. I got through them pretty much as I had planned, and was able to exit with only an extra swing or two on the rope.

The Rolling Pin was a new obstacle, and was responsible for helping a number of ninjas earn their dreaded, free POM towels. The favored technique was to pull your legs up and let your core take the impact of the drops. I was confident I could hang on for this ride. Much like the Rolling Log in Orlando for Season 7, my mindset was simply to hold on like my life depended on it. The dismount was a bit forced, and I just relied on the momentum of the bar to sling me off at the end. I landed on my back, which nearly knocked the breath out of me, but I was happy to be safely to the platform.

The Wingnuts was another new obstacle, and I was a little worried about it because I didn’t have much experience on that type of sideways swing and laché. I assured myself, knowing I could do it as long as I committed to it fully without holding back. My transition from the first to the second was confident and went well, but while I was building up my swing for the next transition, I found my mind going to a negative, timid place, and lacking confidence. In mid-swing, I interrupted those thoughts and consciously said to myself, “Shut up, dude!! Just go for it strong and you can do this just like the first transition!”  So I did.

The mind is an odd and funny thing… it can either easily control you, or you can easily control it. It all depends on – well – your mind.

The Broken Bridge had me slightly nervous because the smallest mistake can cause balance obstacles like that to shift easily and take down even the best ninjas. But I also knew it was one of those obstacles that played to my strengths, being as light as I am. As long as I stayed over the top of each step and kept my momentum moving forward, all I had to do was focus on my foot placement, stay in the center, not get ahead of myself, and just keep stepping. Just like with Block Run in Atlanta last year, I was across before I knew it, wondering why I had been so worried.

Rolling Thunder. This was an incredibly taxing, upper-body beast. I knew if I had any chance of getting past this obstacle I had to move through it fast and get off as quickly as possible. The big downside for me is that the wheel, itself, weighs 100 pounds, just shy of my own 105, and it takes a lot of time to get to the end. Its squared edges were brutal on my palms. You really don’t want to stop moving on this obstacle if you can avoid it, but I was running out of steam not long after the second drop and couldn’t avoid taking a break to shake my arms out. That helped me get in a few more moves but I wasn’t able to get it as close to the platform as I had hoped. I had to get off of that thing fast, so I chose to try to dismount to the platform. But when you’re on an obstacle that moves like that, it’s more difficult to get a good launch because it counters your efforts to swing. As soon as I let go for the platform I knew I was going to come up short, and you can see it on my face. Both feet hit the edge of the platform but it wasn’t enough. Splash, free towel.

Overall, I was very pleased with my performance and my mental focus and attitude. I was having a LOT of fun out there, regardless of the outcome.

After my fall, I was in the top 30, but over half the field had yet to run. Last year in Atlanta I got bumped out of the top 30 late in the night, barely missing my shot at the City Finals, so I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much. But when filming shut down around 5:30 AM, I had officially placed 22 out of 30, earning a spot in my first City Finals! That was a very special moment for me, and I got just a little emotional thinking about it, as it had been a goal of mine for the past 4 years.

I went back to the hotel, got some sleep, and came back the next evening to run the extended course. I’ll post that recap in a few weeks, after the episode airs on August 7th, so don’t miss it!

Yeah, baby!!
Bootie


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