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Rochester’s Ninja Warrior Moves on to Regional Finals

Rochester’s Ninja Warrior Moves on to Regional Finals

July 10, 2018 03:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester man competed in front of the cameras once again this summer—and his time in primetime will continue, for now.

Rochester’s Andrew Yori, a contestant on the television show “American Ninja Warrior,” advanced to the Minneapolis Regional Finals of American Ninja Warrior.

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Yori, who is best known as “Roo,” and goes by the name of the “K9 Ninja”  for his work with rescue and homeless dogs, competed in the regional qualifiers in May, but the qualifier round didn’t air on television until Monday.

Yori has plenty of fans supporting him on Monday night—Dooley’s Pub in Rochester hosted a watch party for Yori, and more than 50 members of the “dog pound” showed their support.

“It’s great having everybody here,” Yori said. “Having (the regional qualifiers) here in Minnesota was amazing. Having it air is so much fun.”

Yori was on television for no more than 30 seconds, as he was shown falling during the hanging pads part of the qualifier course. Despite the fall, Yori finished in the top 30 to advance to the City Finals.

"(I) definitely didn't do as well as I wanted to or as I could have, but I snuck through, and I'm moving on, and that's what matters,” Yori said. “I think it's going to be awesome and I can't wait to watch again and have another viewing party for the city finals."

According to Yori's Pledge-It page to raise money for his foundation to help improve the lives of dogs, the Minneapolis City Finals will air on August 20. The top 15 finishers in the City Finals will advance to the National Finals in Las Vegas.

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