On the Double with The Double S Xpress, July 21, 2014
On the Double show 62 brings you Paul Gackle of GackleReport.com, James McGrath of American Ninja Warrior, & 1-Liter Hydroplane driver Josh Culver before the Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, WA!
James McGrath is an American, who has competed five times in the American Ninja Warrior tournaments. In his first attempt, on American Ninja Warrior 2, his run ended early, when he failed on the Quad Steps.
On American Ninja Warrior 3, he was a walk on competitor from Seattle, WA who slept in a van to be a walk-on. In that competition he placed 29th in the Qualifying Round and 13th in the Semis. He did very well in Boot Camp and that earned him a spot in SASUKE 27. In the tournament, he was able to blitz through the first two stages with little trouble, completing Stage 1 in with 22.24 seconds to spare and had SASUKE 27's fastest Stage 2 time with 18.84 seconds left on the clock. However, he ultimately failed on the Ultimate Cliffhanger after failing the transition to the small fifth ledge.
He also competed on American Ninja Warrior 4 and was one of the favorites to earn total victory. He had the 2nd fastest time in the Northwest Regional Qualifiers, and the fastest time in the Northwest Regional Finals, giving him a late run in the Las Vegas Finals. He easily beat Stage 1 with just under 19 seconds to spare, making him of the 24 finalists to advance to Stage 2. However, his downfall came at Stage 2, where he suprisingly failed on the Slider Drop by making the bad choice of jumping before the drop, shifting his weight to one side and not landing the left side.
In American Ninja Warrior 5, McGrath completed the Venice Beach Finalists with the fastest time and he cleared the First Stage in the Las Vegas finals with 38.47 seconds left. In the second stage, he blazed through all the obstacles and finished with the second fastest time on the stage with 35.66 seconds left on the clock. On the third stage, however, he wasn't able to hang on while transitioning to the second board on the Floating Boards and failed.
In American Ninja Warrior: USA VS Japan, James was apart of team America. In the first stage, he went up against Yamamoto Shingo, and he beat him when he couldn't make it up the Soritatsu Kabe. Then, in the second stage, he went up against Asa Kazuma, he beat him as well, as he failed the Double Salmon Ladder and James did a victory lap on the stage. In the third stage, James went up against Urushihara Yuuji, where he went out on the Floating Boards again, but Yuuji also went on the same obstacle and James won the match barely by beating him to the second board by a few seconds. He was the only competitor to attempt all three stages.
So far, in American Ninja Warrior 6, he has completed the qualifying round in the second-fastest time. In the Venice Finals, he failed the Body Prop but still finished in the Top 15, qualifying him for the Las Vegas Finals.
Josh Culver enters his 4th year piloting the Y-19 Culver Racing 1-Liter Modified Hydroplane. Culver, a Pasco, WA native, has been around hydroplane racing his entire life. Josh is set to race this weekend at his home course in Kennewick, WA at the 2014 Columbia Cup on the Columbia River. In 2011 Culver was the APBA West Coast Rookie Of The Year, & the 2011 SIRA Rookie Of The Year.
Paul Gackle grew up in the newsroom and he’s determined to carry journalism into the future.
Gackle started covering sports for his family’s newspaper, the McLean County Independent, in North Dakota as a teenager and he recently reported on the Giants, 49ers and A’s as a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
In addition to the Examiner, Gackle has published work with the East Bay Express, the Winnipeg Free Press and PBS Frontline.
Growing up in Canada, Gackle fell in love with hockey. He blogged about the now-defunct San Francisco Bulls in his first iteration of The Gackle Report and was the team’s color analyst on for radio on KNBR.com and TV with Comcast Hometown Network.
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Mission: To provide the best play-by-play & analysis of all sports in the broadcasting world.
Description: Shawn Walli & Sean Boyd; a dynamic duo on the microphone in the sports broadcasting world.
Information: The Double S Xpress was born in Tacoma, WA in 2005. Shawn Walli & Sean Boyd joined forces to call Tacoma Thunder IBL basketball games on 1180AM KLAY. Shawn & Sean freelance for the major sports networks like NBC Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports, & MLB Network to name a few.