An Idahoan has a shot at $1 million Monday night when the season finale of “American Ninja Warrior” airs at 7 p.m. local time.
Lance Pekus — also known as the “Cowboy Ninja” thanks to his competition attire of blue jeans, a black cowboy hat and little else — told the Statesman he placed fourth in the Stage 1 finals of the obstacle course competition. Monday night’s airing will show his second time appearing on Stage 2, he said.
Pekus broke hearts on Sept. 4 when he and his wife, Heather, shared their story. Heather hasn’t been responding to the MS drugs that had previously kept her active. She now uses a walker.
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“My wife is doing okay,” Pekus told the Statesman on Monday morning. “It’s been amazing the amount of outreach and support we have received in the last few weeks. (We’re) still trying to get through all the responses and emails.”
Pekus, who runs cattle on his father-in-law’s ranch in Salmon, will be back in Idaho later in the week to appear at an event for St. Luke’s FitOne and Idaho Beef Council. (Pekus’ Twitter bio says he’s “powered by beef.”)
The Cowboy Ninja said he’ll be signing autographs and taking pictures on Sept. 21 at the Boise Centre.
Watch Pekus and the other competitors on “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC at 7 p.m. Monday evening.
Reporter Katy Moeller contributed.