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While American Ninja Warrior‘s seventh season has just gotten underway, Ninja Warrior UK is preparing to wrap up its highly-entertaining first season. Epic semifinal performances from freerunners Katie McDonnell and Timothy Shieff, made for the most thrilling episode yet of the popular obstacle racing competition.


McDonnell’s success on NWUK is made all the more impressive by the fact that she’s a rookie to the competition. Her semifinal run on 5 minutes 3 seconds will go down in Ninja Warrior history for the mind-boggling recovery she made on the arm rings obstacle.

While she’s a ninja newbie, McDonnell is no stranger to death-defying daredevilry. Her various YouTube videos documenting freerunning excursions with boyfriend Erik Mukhametshin are every bit as mesmerizing as her appearances on NWUK.

Flippin’ incredible!


Shieff, also known as “Livewire,” is a legendary figure in obstacle racing lore. He competed on American Ninja Warrior in 2011 and 2012 and helped lead Team Europe to a surprise victory in last year’s “USA vs the World” special episode on ANW. Racing last in the NWUK semifinals, he completed the course in a record
time of 2 minutes 32 seconds.

Shieff’s freerunning videos on YouTube are among the most viewed in the genre. Keep your eyes peeled for a brief cameo by McDonnell in his 2014 showreel.