Each celebrity took guidance from an “elite ninja” who helped coach them on the course. Each obstacle completed raised $5,000 for the Red Nose Foundation, which provides basic necessities to children in impoverished countries.
The course is designed to test strength, agility, and flexibility, and it proved too much for many of the stars. But Eaton, who’s still nearly superhuman even after his retirement from track and field, powered through all six stations and raised $30,000. Unfortunately, though, his speedy completion only allowed for about 10 seconds of TV time (see it above, around the 28:00 mark).
Track athletes have a history of appearing on the original American Ninja Warrior. American track Olympians Hyleas Fountain, Dee Dee Trotter, and Lauryn Williams appeared on the show in 2013, but failed to complete the course. In 2015, retired 800-meter specialist Nick Symmonds did not advance to the final rounds of the show.
That said, the Celebrity Ninja Warrior course is designed to be easier than the true American Ninja Warrior obstacles. Perhaps fans will see Eaton step out of retirement and onto a regulation-sized Warped Wall in the future.