Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hooray for Tukrong Klengdong!

My husband and I have enjoyed the same TV show only twice in our ten year marriage.

1) Spartacus: Blood and Sand- Season one of the sex-filled cable series about gladiators earned two swords up from me in 2011.
2) Sasuke- This Japanese TV show features athletes taking on ridiculously challenging physical obstacle courses requiring strength, agility, balance, and strategy.

Now we watch another show together; American Ninja Warrior!  On American Ninja Warrior, Americans maneuver through a series of Sasuke obstacles trying to qualify to compete in Las Vegas. If they are victorious in Vegas, the next stop is Yokohama.  In the U.S., rock climbers, free-runners and gymnasts seem to be most successful at clearing the stages.  In Japan, fisherman like Nagano Makoto take the cake.

The other night on American Ninja Warrior we watched Tukrong "TK" Klengdong persevere at Miami's finals.  We cheered TK with gusto because he's Asian American, he's our height at 5'4", he smacked his nose but he kept on going, and he hugged Jenn Brown during his post-course interview.  Plus his trainer cried with emotion, which was sweet.  I hope TK continues to kick ass all the way to Midoriyama in Japan.

American Ninja Warrior airs on NBC on Monday nights at 8 pm.