Is 4th time the charm? Oneonta's own American Ninja Warrior, Anthony Eardley will find out as he continues to compete on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" which airs Monday nights at 8:00 pm.

It's Eardley's 4th appearance on the show but 3rd time making it to the city finals and after speaking to him this morning, he is VERY excited to complete his mission of making it through the extremely difficult American Ninja Warrior season 14 course. Eardley told me that it's the hardest course he's faced yet.

This past Monday night, he was shown competing in round 2 of the qualifiers held in San Antonio, Texas. Eardley almost made it to the wall! So close! Even though he wasn't able to make it to the end of the obstacle course, his performance was good enough (27th) to help him move on in the competition! There will be 3 other qualifiers with different contestants before the semi-finals in Los Angeles. The Finals will be held in Las Vegas. Check out this video Anthony posted on his Facebook page...

Eardley, at 31, is determined to complete the American Ninja Warrior course which is renowned for its extreme difficulty. How did he get to first compete on the show the first time around? It all goes back to when he entered and almost beat a top-rated Ninja in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Event in Ohio and got noticed by talent scouts who invited him to compete on “American Ninja Warrior.” He's been hooked ever since and keeps trying to do better each time he gets back on the show.

As an underwater welder-turned-professional athlete, he really enjoys working with kids, helping to bring out their own ninja warrior spirit. Anthony is so enthusiastic about helping children overcome fears and helping them build their self-esteem, all the while, making the activities and learning fun.

We wish Anthony Eardley great success in the competition. He calls himself "Mr. So-close Man" since he hasn't completed the course yet but it just seems to motivate him to do more and try harder the next time around. He is NOT the kind of guy that gives up as we can easily see by his track record and that's what makes him so inspiring. It's evident that no matter what happens on American Ninja Warrior that Anthony Eardley is already winning in life and will no doubt continue to inspire the kids who are lucky enough to get to learn from him.

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