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Anthony Eardley

Oneonta Ninja Eardley Pledges He’ll Be Back

STRONGMAN SLIPS, BUT HE’S NOT OUT

Oneonta Ninja Eardley

Pledges He’ll Be Back

This is a clip from Anthony Eardley’s performance on “American Ninja Warrior” shown to a local crowd at Foothills Performing Arts Center Monday, Aug. 12.

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Anthony Eardley is not one and done.

That was the Oneontan’s message after his run on “American Ninja Warrior” ended Monday night, Aug. 10, when he missed making it to the Top 13, the players who now go on compete in Las Vegas.

But Oneonta’s ninja is far from out.  He will submit his name to ANW again in January to compete in the show’s next season.  And given his lengthy screen time on Monday night’s episode, chances are very high Eardley will be on the show in 2020.

“I was completely accomplished,” Eardley said about his ANW performance in the Baltimore City Finals.  “I looked calm, focused, and engaged – even though on the inside, I was freaking out.”

Angry Birds Obstacle Felled Ninja Warrior Eardley

ONEONTA’S EARDLEY ISN’T GIVING UP

Out Of ‘Ninja Warrior’

For Now, He May Try Again

It was the Angry Birds that bested all of the contestants on this evening’s episode of Ninja Warrior, including Oneonta’s own Anthony Eardley. The obstacle, seen above, is the second to last on the course, and is styled  to promote the upcoming movie Angry Birds 2. Leaping to a platform that rotated while also unable to see the handholds on it proved too challenging for Eardley and all of his fellow contestants despite a strong and confident run on the course. Eardley finished in 16th place, just missing out of the top 13 who advance to the next round in Las Vegas. But,  Oneonta’s ninja is far from out. He has his sights on competing in the Florida Ninja League on August 24 and Ultimate Backyard Warrior on Labor Day Weekend. Following the show at Foothills, Eardley took time to talk with fans and pose for pictures, like this one with Camden Hill, 5, Cooperstown, who is already training to be a ninja himself.  To watch the episode click here (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

‘Oneonta’s Ninja’ Eardley Advances To ‘Ninja Warrior’ Finals

‘Oneonta’s Ninja’ Eardley

 Advances To Finals On

‘American Ninja Warrior’

Anthony Eardley, Oneonta, celebrated his debut on “American Ninja Warrior” this evening with a viewing party that filled the upper theater at Foothills Performing Arts Center. Here, Eardley shows fans Aiden Tandle, left, Gavin Tandle and Landon MacIntyre a scale model he made of the entire course. Despite falling on the second to last obstacle, he placed 22nd, meaning he will advance to the finals. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Eardley makes it look easy as nails his landing from the swinging hooks and prepares to take on the rest of the American Ninja Warrior course.

ONEONTA – At his halfway point in his run on the “American Ninja Warrior” course, Oneonta native Anthony Eardley paused.

Then, he danced.

“I heard the crowd cheering, ‘Go, Ninja, go!’” he said.  “I thought, that’s for me, and I had to.”

Monday night, about 100 people packed Foothills black box theater to watch Eardley take the “American Ninja Warrior” qualifying course in Baltimore, Md.

Oneonta’s ‘Ninja Warrior’ Delayed By Stanley Cup

Oneonta’s ‘Ninja Warrior’

Delayed By Stanley Cup

Anthony Eardley’s Appearance Now July 1
The “American Ninja Warriors” episode featuring Oneonta’s Anthony Eardley has been delayed until July 1.

ONEONTA – Tonight’s screening of “American Ninja Warrior” at the Foothills Performing Center, with Oneonta’s own Anthony Eardley, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Foothills.

NBC canceled tonight’s “Warriors” episode to air the Stanley Cup finals.

The July 1 ANW episode, which will be shown on a big screen at the Foothills, will spotlight Anthony doing the obstacle course.  Viewers will get to see where Anthony lands next – if he makes it to the next qualifying level.

ONEONTA’S NINJA: Anthony Eardley Aims To Grip, Climb, Swing Into National Stardom

ONEONTA’S NINJA

Anthony Eardley Aims

To Grip, Climb, Swing

Into National Stardom

Keep your eyes open as you drive past Oneonta’s 1 Tilton Ave. in the next few days. Anthony Eardley is doing his final training to compete in the TV show, “American Ninja Warriors.” Filming starts Monday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: “Oneonta’s Ninja” Anthony Eardley today – Monday, April 29 – began competition that could win him the title “American Ninja Warrior” on the hit TV shows.  How the competition goes is a closely held secret until the show airs at the end of the month.

By JENNIFER HILL • from Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

Eardley built a series of exercise bars and obstacles in his parents backyard to prepare for the competition ahead.

ONEONTA – Since infancy, Anthony Eardley hasn’t let the laws of nature get in his way.

Most people avoid being on something high off the ground or being suspended in midair. Eardley runs toward it – and then climbs, grips, swings and flips over it, front-, side- and backwards.

That lack of fear, plus all-around athletic abilities, plus a drive to overcome obstacles – physical and mental – propelled the 28-year-old Oneonta native to win a spot on NBC’s hit TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” less than two years since entering his first ninja warrior competition on a whim.

The show will begin airing its 11th season on May 28 at 8 p.m.

“I watched ‘American Ninja Warriors’ for several years.  And over time, in the back of mind, I kept hearing, ‘I could do this, that wall doesn’t look that high’,” Eardley said.  “Everyone else says, ‘That looks dangerous, I’m not going to try that.’”

ONEONTA’S NINJA: Anthony Eardley AimsTo Grip, Climb, SwingInto National Stardom

ONEONTA’S NINJA

Anthony Eardley Aims

To Grip, Climb, Swing

Into National Stardom

Keep your eyes open as you drive past Oneonta’s 1 Tilton Ave. in the next few days. Anthony Eardley is doing his final training to compete in the TV show, “American Ninja Warriors.” Filming starts Monday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA – Since infancy, Anthony Eardley hasn’t let the laws of nature get in his way.

Most people avoid being on something high off the ground or being suspended in midair. Eardley runs toward it – and then climbs, grips, swings and flips over it, front-, side- and backwards.

Eardley built a series of exercise bars and obstacles in his parents backyard to prepare for the competition ahead.

That lack of fear, plus all-around athletic abilities, plus a drive to overcome obstacles – physical and mental – propelled the 28-year-old Oneonta native to win a spot on NBC’s hit TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” less than two years since entering his first ninja warrior competition on a whim.

The show will begin airing its 11th season on May 28 at 8 p.m.

“I watched ‘American Ninja Warriors’ for several years.  And over time, in the back of mind, I kept hearing, ‘I could do this, that wall doesn’t look that high’,” Eardley said.  “Everyone else says, ‘That looks dangerous, I’m not going to try that.’”

Eardley searched the Internet to find a Ninja obstacle course nearby.  The closest one was “a hardcore Ninja complex” called “Brooklyn Zoo,” an affiliate of the actual Brooklyn Zoo.  It had adult open gym on Saturdays, so he drove there one weekend in September 2017.

“It was overwhelming at first and I almost hurt myself that first day,” said Eardley, who among other accomplishments played for the Oneonta Stallions football team.

Undaunted, he found out there was a competition that day and signed up for it – his first one.  He came in third out of about 30 contestants, many of whom had “ninjaed” (that’s a real word) for years.

“I got a $40 gift card and other things, and I thought, ‘I can win prizes?’” Eardley said.

Determined to win a first place in a Ninja warrior competition, he returned to the Internet and found Ninja gyms and competitions all over the country.  And each Ninja gym had a different course.

Oneonta Native to Compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Oneonta Man To Vie On

‘American Ninja Warrior’

Watch Oneonta native Anthony Eardley compete on “American Ninja Warrior” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Oneonta native Anthony Eardley will take on the warped wall and the log grip as he competes on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” later this month.

“It’s very exciting.  We’re thrilled,” said his mother Angela, co-owner of the former Oneonta Stallions football team, now in Binghamton.

Eardley, 28, has not even been a Ninja warrior for two years, but after almost beating a top-rated Ninja in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Event in Ohio, talent scouts took notice.  Soon after, he was invited to be on “American Ninja Warrior.”

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