San Luis Obispo firefighter advances on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Posted at 7:23 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 22:23:29-04

The San Luis Obispo firefighter who saved his family’s home from the Thomas Fire made it to the next round Monday night on "American Ninja Warrior."

Thomas Kofron’s second appearance on NBC’s hit show saw him fall from the obstacle course for the first time. However, he ended up among the top finishers.

The top 30 from last month’s Qualifiers competed. Only 15 would advance to the national finals in Las Vegas.

"After a breakout performance in qualifying, California firefighter Thomas Kofron came out hot again tonight, but the 30-year-old rookie ran out of steam on the Baton Pass," host Matt Iseman said, naming the new obstacle where Kofron fell. "However, his time could be fast enough to earn him a spot in the Top 15."

It was later revealed that Kofron’s time was, indeed, fast enough to take 11th place and move on in the competition.

Kofron was the first athlete to complete a different obstacle course during a qualifying round that aired in June. During the Los Angeles City Qualifiers, he explained how he used his firefighter training and orange juice to save his parents’ and their neighbors’ homes in Ventura.

Kofron will now compete in the National Finals in Las Vegas next month.

"American Ninja Warrior" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on KSBY.

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