Elie Cohen, who professes to be the World’s Strongest Man-dolinist, might have missed a few beats at the American Ninja Warrior Southeast regionals live show in Miami June 13. He lost his grip on the ring turn after making it through three obstacles successfully. But the audience still got a glimpse of the bluegrass ninja playing mandolin along with a shot of his cheering Marietta family, members of Congregation Etz Chaim.
Losing the competition hasn’t deterred the Camp Ramah Darom alum who helped start a ninja program at the camp last summer. “It was frustrating being so close, but not advancing to the city finals. I had high expectations going in, but I’d be a fool to be upset by one performance in my first run on the big stage of ANW.
“Honestly, I felt pretty accomplished just finishing my submission video and going through the application process, so everything after that, from getting cast to being shown on TV, was bonus territory for me,” said Cohen, who is also a Weber School grad and Georgia Tech engineering student.
“My whole family came down to Miami to watch me compete, which was probably the best part of the whole experience, and I’ll definitely be back to hit some buzzers and entertain the audience with some mandolin shredding next year for ANW season 11.”