West Bloomfield teen to appear on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’

By: Mike Koury | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 24, 2020

 Ryan Krauthamer, 14, will compete on the upcoming season of “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” which is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on Universal Kids.

Ryan Krauthamer, 14, will compete on the upcoming season of “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” which is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on Universal Kids.

Photo provided by Carrie Krauthamer


WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield Township teen will be appearing on the upcoming season of “American Ninja Warrior Junior.”

Ryan Krauthamer, 14, is one of many participants who will compete on the acrobatic game show when it begins airing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on Universal Kids.

A West Bloomfield High School freshman, Krauthamer took an interest in becoming a Ninja Warrior at a young age, and getting on this version of the show has been something he’s wanted to do since it first started airing in 2018.

Krauthamer flew out to Los Angeles last summer along with his family to compete. While he was a little nervous, Krauthamer said he thinks he’s gained a sense of calmness before competitions over time.

“It was definitely cool getting to be on the actual obstacles instead of just the ones at gyms, and meeting, like, all the famous ninjas and competing with all the cameras on me and with a giant audience,” he said.

Krauthamer’s mother, Carrie, watched from the audience as her son ran through the course. Reflecting on that moment when he stepped up to begin his run through the obstacles, Carrie Krauthamer started crying and felt a welling up of emotion in that moment.

The reason why, she said, is that her son’s speech impediment didn’t hold him back, but never in her life did she think he might be able to go on television.

“Something just about him when he walked up and he took the platform, I lost it, and I don’t usually lose it,” she said. “It’s overwhelming to see your child in that light, and he was so excited to be there, and he really was embraced by … the show. The other contestants were really nice, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Carrie Krauthamer said her son always has been very active, especially as a child, and that he often would climb trees, furniture and the refrigerator whenever he got the chance.

After hurting himself numerous times, to the point of having to get stitches, she said they took him to the Edge Training Center in Commerce Township, where they have Ninja Warrior classes, to work with the coaches there.

“The coach there (Carey Sherbrooke) was able to really kind of reel in his energy, and she thought he was pretty talented in his skill set, and she’s been working with him for about five years,” she said. “He actually got hired as a coach at a different gym, and he now gets to work with little kids and pass his love on to little guys and girls.”

In his years of training, Ryan Krauthamer said, he learned that what’s really important is keeping a balance of upper body and lower body training, along with other typical exercises and workouts on the obstacles.

“You want to make sure to keep up building on your (obstacles) and working on specific (obstacles) to master them,” he said.

In the future, Krauthamer hopes to use his Ninja Warrior training experience to design obstacles himself.

“I just like being able to be creative with the types of obstacles, because it’s not like other sports, where there’s a strict guideline that you have to follow,” he said. “You can pretty much do whatever you want.”