Travis Rosen continues the pursuit of athletic excellence and overcoming the seemingly impossible- all while pushing the limits of “perceived” age boundaries. A former All American gymnast at the University of Iowa, Rosen- now age 42- has spent the past eight years aspiring to conquer the formidable obstacle course known as American Ninja Warrior/Sasuke/Ninja Warrior. Having competed since Season 2 and being a top five finisher in seasons 3 through 6, the first American to climb the 77′ Stage 4 tower in Season 6’s USA vs The World, one of only three Americans with five consecutive Stage 1 clears in the finals, along with being a team captain in the new Team Ninja Warrior series, Travis continues to look to his wife, three kids, and faith in Jesus for motivation and inspiration to do what only two Americans finally achieved in Season 7: total victory on the world’s most difficult obstacle course.
Having graduated with a major in Japanese and completing a one year study abroad in Japan (筑波大学), Rosen loves the ties between his current pursuits and Japan. “To have my background in Japanese resurface through these obstacle course challenges/opportunities is incredible. My hope is to not only continue to do well in the States, but to have these pursuits take me yet again to the birthplace of it all, Japan.”
When not training or spending time with family, Rosen’s living is as diverse as the obstacles he faces: investing and trading via the stock market, training ninjas of the future, along with being a public speaker. “The market- and ninja warrior alike- can be a rough go; definitely not for everyone. Thankfully the pitfalls I’ve experienced- and there’ve been a great deal- have continued to teach me what it is to truly persevere in highly adverse pressure-filled, and oftentimes disappointing, situations unto overcoming and building character. It’s a message that resonates because…that’s life. ”