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American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World: Team USA looks to regain their title from Team Europe

Oliver Edelmann: Team Europe on American Ninja Warrior
Oliver Edelmann: Team Europe. Pic. credit: David Becker/NBC

Last season’s top “ninjas” from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior have been selected to go up against two other teams for the annual USA vs. The World competition airing this Sunday, January 27.

The two-hour special pits Team USA against last year’s winners, Team Europe and for the first time, Team Australia.

Team USA on American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World
(L-R) Team USA: Mathis Owhadi, Barclay Stockett, Drew Drechsel, Jesse Labreck, Najee Richardson. Pic. credit: David Becker/NBC

After losing to Team Europe during the last moments of last season’s international ninja competition, Team USA is looking for redemption.

The team will be led by Drew Dreschel, who was the “last ninja standing” at the end of last season’s American Ninja Warrior. He will be serving as captain along with 19-year-old Mathis Owhadi and Najee Richardson along with two female ninjas, Jesse “Flex” Labreck and Barclay Stockett.

Team Europe on American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World
(L-R) Team Europe: Javier Cano, Katie McDonnell, Oliver Edelmann, Georgia Munroe, Iris Matamoros. Pic. credit: David Becker/NBC.

Although Team Europe is the defending champion, their competing team this year includes a whole new group of people also including two women, professional free-runner Georgia Munroe and stuntwoman Katie McDonnell.

They are both from England. Joining the pair will be top rock climbers, Javier Cano and Iris Matamoros, who are both from Spain and Oliver Edelmann, the first German athlete to compete in the games.

Team Australia on American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World. (L-R) Team Australia: Ashlin Herbert, Jack Wilson, Olivia Vivian, Bryson Klein, Ben Polson.
(L-R) Team Australia: Ashlin Herbert, Jack Wilson, Olivia Vivian, Bryson Klein, Ben Polson. Photo By: David Becker/NBC.

Finally, Team Australia debuts this year with Ashlin Herbert, Bryson Klein, Ben Polson, Olivia Vivian and Jack Wilson.

USA vs. The World will once again be hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila with Kristine Leahy doing interviews with the ninjas down below and will feature all four stages of the finals, which includes a total of 23 obstacles.

Jesse Labreck from American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World
Jesse Labreck for Team USA. Pic. credit: David Becker/NBC)

American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World will air on Sunday, January 27 at 9/8c on NBC.

Jeff Totey is an entertainment writer whose work has appeared on SeattleRefined.com, RedTricycle.com and WriterofPop.com. Writing for about a dozen years, Jeff is a movie... read more

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