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Monday, April 28, 2014

PGFD Firefighter/Medic Competing in NBC "American Ninja Warrior"

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A Prince George’s County Firefighter/Medic is vying for another title in front of his name; America Ninja Warrior.  Aric Lee, 38 years-of-age, is a nine-year member of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department ((PGFD) and is in Miami Florida competing for the title.  Currently assigned to the Paramedic Unit at the College Park Fire/EMS Department Station 812 Lee has taken leave to compete for the second time in the past three years for the distinction of American Ninja Warrior.  Firefighter Lee has prepared himself both mentally and physically for the competition. 

The NBC website says this about the 2014 show,

Everyone's favorite heart-racing obstacle course competition series, "American  Ninja Warrior," returns for a sixth season Monday, May 26 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT). With original episodes presented exclusively on NBC this season, the two-hour show will air through the summer on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The finale will air Sept. 15 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

Matt Iseman returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (NFL Network). Jenn Brown (NFL Network) serves as co-host.

The action-packed premiere follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete a course in their designated region will move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.

This season, the series will travel to five cities in search of the ultimate athlete - Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Miami and Denver - before heading to Las Vegas. Men and women from all walks of life will vie for the title of "American Ninja Warrior," including school teachers and firemen, current and former members of the military, amateur sports enthusiasts and even a few Olympic gold medalists.

In order to guarantee a spot in the national finals, competitors must successfully complete the finals course in their respective city. From there, competitors will travel to Las Vegas and earn the chance to win the title of 

"American Ninja Warrior," along with the $500,000 grand prize.

Based on the global hit "Sasuke," from the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, the original series is in production for its 30th season and only three contestants have completed the course.

"American Ninja Warrior" is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "Pros vs. Joes").

Fire Fighter/Medic Aric Lee feels better prepared for this years competition and is looking forward to the start of shows production.  While competing , Lee is bound to some degree of “secrecy” as he progresses through the event.  You can follow him on Facebook here.

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