Texoma Man Hopes to be Next American Ninja Warrior

Texoma Man Hopes to be Next American Ninja Warrior

A local man is taking on a challenge that has never before been completed.

A local man is taking on a challenge that has never before been completed.

Brandon Pannell, who played football for Holliday High School a few years ago, has made it to the Vegas finals on American Ninja Warrior.

The NBC show has competitors from across the country run challenging obstacle courses.

Pannell grew up watching the Japanese version of the show and he has been waiting to be old enough to compete ever since the American version started.

“It's like a giant playground for adults,” says Pannell.

There's no playing around when it comes to the American Ninja Warrior Vegas finals course ,as no American as ever completed it.

Pannell hopes to be the first.

He recently got past the Dallas qualifying course and will soon be heading to Vegas.

He calls his Dallas run surreal.

“Very physically demanding but it was so exciting at the same time that your adrenaline kind of takes over,” says Pannel..

And he says the course is a lot harder then it looks.

“It seems like everything you see on tv it's all so much further apart, the jumps are further, longer reach,” says Pannell.

And the hardest part for him was.

“The salmon ladder transition into the swinging frames,” says Pannell.

But he hopes to be better prepared for his Vegas run.

That's why he trains about and hour and a half a day.

“Every chance I get outside of school, outside of work, and time with my daughter other then that everything is committed to training,” says Pannell.

Training he hopes will pay off and make him the first American Ninja Warrior.

Pannell says no matter what happens in Vegas he will try and compete again next year.

If you want to tune in to see how he does the Vegas finals will air Monday, August 11th right here on NBC.

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