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Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 6:03 p.m.
The heart-pounding “American Ninja Warrior” TV competition series on NBC returns to the Las Vegas Strip for its thrilling Season 8 finals next week.
The finals and four-stage course modeled after Japan’s Mount Midoriyama is being built at Las Vegas Village grounds opposite the Luxor.
Only three contestants have ever completed it in the 31 years of the show being broadcast in Asia and the United States.
Matt Iseman will be here to host the three days of filming with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network) and Kristine Leahy (Fox Sports). Original episodes air on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network.
Watch Kevin Bull prove his ninja strength speeding through the Los Angeles qualifying round. His athleticism is stunning.
The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in city qualifying and finals rounds across the country.
Those who complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face Mount Midoriyama. The winner takes home a grand prize of $1 million.
Stuntwoman Jessie Graff, 32, has been making headlines with her amazing antics and accomplishments on the series. At the Los Angeles qualifiers seen here on YouTube, she became the first woman to conquer the new Warped Wall.
She previously competed on Season 5 where she was the first woman to qualify for the city finals.
“American Ninja Warrior” had an unbelievable Season 7 with its first $1 million winner when Isaac Caldiero conquered Stage 4 of Mount Midoriyama in 26.14 seconds. Isaac moved here after his historic victory.
This season, hundreds of competitors have joined the challenges to test their skills and see if they can make history and join Isaac. New obstacles and cities await in the continuing quest for physical excellence.
This season, the show has made stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia before arriving in Las Vegas. Episodes air Mondays on NBC.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
The property also offers a spa and salon, wedding chapel and inviting pool complex and is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
With a 120,000-square-foot gaming area, delectable restaurants and top-notch nightlife and entertainment, Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination.