American Ninja Warrior Nick Hanson already preparing for next season

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Unalakleet's Nick Hanson, now a veteran competitor on NBC's hit series American Ninja Warrior, was cut Monday following a devastating loss at the Las Vegas Finals.

Though he essentially completed all eight obstacles, Hanson was just outside the two minute, thirty second time allowance for finishing the course.

"I'm just like, 'I gotta go!'," he said of the last obstacle. "And I'm struggling, going as fast as I can go up a cargo net - and I mean, it takes a lot longer to get up a cargo net than people think - and I'm thinking, 'Here we go again.'"

Two years ago, Hanson was cut at the same point in the competition, on a similar obstacle.

"I got to the top, out of time," he said of this year's run, "and I was disappointed. But at the same time, I did my best, and I did all I can do."

Hanson's dream of the American Ninja Warrior title and its $1 million prize might be done for this season, but he said he believes the third time might just be the charm and that he'll be trying his best to make his friends, family and fans proud.

"It was so much fun, being able to compete with all the best ninjas in the world," he said. "It's an honor. How could you know you would be a part of this crazy national television phenom?"

As for his message to viewers, especially the young ones, Hanson said he just wants people to know who they are.

"That's the most important thing," he said, "and the strongest foundation you can have, because if you know who you are, where you come from, all the foundation that has built up each and everyone of us, nobody can push you off that.

"Your strength and confidence will go through the roof," he said.

Hanson said he's already chomping at the bit to get to work on preparing for the coming season, and thinking of things to add to his training course in Unalakleet. Either way, though, he's ready to put in the time to improve his shot at next year's title.

"Focus up for next year," he said. "Get training for speed, body awareness, knowing myself, and just hunker down and focus on who I am and what it takes to come out of a situation where I've failed again."

If you don't want to wait that long, you can visit him at the Alaska State Fair, Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3.