“Ever since I was a kid, I saw Sasuke in Japan and wanted to do it,” Sadler said. “Everybody even told me I was the type of kid for it because I was always on jungle gyms and climbing at the house. When I turned 21 in December, I was like, let’s go. I looked for the application and submitted a video.”
Prepared to attend an open tryout in Miami if his application wasn’t accepted, Sadler was chosen for the competition, viewed by many on television and advanced to the semifinals in Miami.
“It was so fun and a dream come true,” Sadler said. “My dream wasn’t necessarily to win the competition but I just wanted to give it the best shot that I had. I just wanted to get a shot at it because I felt like I was made to do this.”
Now that “American Ninja Warrior” became a reality for Sadler, he is open to giving it another try but with a different mindset.
“I would love to go back out,” Sadler said. “If anything, I would change up my tactics a little bit going into it. The last time it was really just to enjoy myself. I saw a lot of people who were doing speed runs to get the No.1 time.
“Those type of people gave me the chills,” he said. “They brought that competitive nature out of me. If I did it again, I would really look forward to going out there and competing.”
While the show opened new doors for Sadler as far as his ambitions to be an animator, it also reignited his aspirations to compete in triathlons.
“Now I ride my bike, I run everywhere and I started swimming,” said Sadler, who was taught how to swim by “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Jonathan Brown. “I always wanted to do triathlons but didn’t know how to swim.”
Sadler is a 2010 graduate of Henry County High, where he wrestled, ran cross country and competed in track and field. He also works at Gym Tech 4 Kids in McDonough.