University of Mobile Grad Competes for Title of American Ninja Warrior

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Skip Platt of Mobile is in June 8 Episode of NBC Reality Series

Skip Platt headshot

Skip Platt | Photo by Deborah Michelle Photography

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile graduate Skip Platt is competing for the title of American Ninja Warrior in Season 8 of the NBC reality series that airs at 7 p.m. (CST) June 8 on WPMI Channel 15.

While the 35-year-old knows the outcome of the Season 8 Atlanta regional competition recorded March 18-19, he can’t reveal the winner before the ANW episode airs on June 8.

“I am so ready for June 8 to come so everybody knows,” said Platt.

Contestants tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses that demand physical strength and mental agility.

Winners in each region will move on to the regional finals. The winners in regional finals will move onto Las Vegas where they will face an obstacle course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

The Atlanta regional competition introduces three new obstacles to the popular show, for a total of six obstacles. New obstacles are the Floating Steps, Block Run and Pipe Fitter.

Platt set his sights on becoming an American Ninja Warrior three years ago.

“One of my motivations to be a ‘ninja’ was for my son to see me passionately pursuing something,” said Platt. “I want him to see that example in me of dreaming big and going for it no matter what “it’ is.’”

Over the past two years, Platt has traveled to Los Angeles and “ninja gyms” in different parts of the country. He has trained with some of the nation’s top trainers.

In Los Angeles, he trained at Tempest Academy with Flip Rodriguez and at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica with past ninjas, Evan Dollard and Keith Queen. He also trained with Kacy Cantanzaro who, in Season 6, was the first woman to make it up the warped wall in competition.

Platt was on track to try out for Season 7 when an injury sidelined him. While training, Platt had an awkward fall at the end of a crash pad, which did extensive damage to his left knee.

“I completely tore my ACL,” said Platt.

Within two weeks he was back at work, training on his self-built obstacle court in the backyard of his home.

In a submission video for Season 7, Platt said he would be a great American Ninja Warrior because of his “relentless pursuit to achieve more to get to the next level.”

Platt’s submission video for Season 8 can’t be shown until the June 8 episode airs, but the video he submitted for Season 7 gives an idea of what to expect from the UM grad. Watch the video here:

Skip Platt – American Ninja Warrior Submission Video

I present to you my American Ninja Warrior Audition/Submission video! I'm tagging a lot of folks who've helped me along the way, trained me/with me or been an inspiration in some way! Do me a huge favor. Please "like" this, share it and tag some friends who'd think this was pretty cool! Thanks in advance, and let me know what you think! Harrison did an AMAZING job with the video!

Posted by Skip Platt on Friday, January 9, 2015

Platt earned a Bachelor of Science in communication in 2002 from the University of Mobile, a Christian university in Mobile, Alabama.

He works for SCHOOLinSITES, a company owned by his father-in-law Gabi Constantine, who is a past member of the UMobile Board of Trustees. The company provides a number of web-based tools so schools and school district staff can communicate and interact better with all of their stakeholders. Platt is currently an account rep for Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

He is married to Kristin Constantine Platt, a 2007 graduate of UMobile. She sang with UM’s Voices of Mobile. They have a 3-year-old son, Britton.

About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study, with an 880-acre campus located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Trey Taulbee

Trey Taulbee

Trey oversees all facets of the university’s creative process, including photo, video, design, print and digital media. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM and his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. Prior to his current role, Trey worked in enrollment services and student life. Additionally, Trey co-owns a photography business with his wife, Michelle, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. He lives on Alabama’s eastern shore with Michelle, son, Jack and dogs Cammie & Malone.