Drew Drechsel is an American who made it to SASUKE 27 through via tryouts in American Ninja Warrior 3. While in Japan, he made good time through the first half of Stage 1. Then on the Half-Pipe Attack, he fractured his right knee. He attempted to get up the Soritatsu Kabe, but he couldn't put pressure on his leg without causing himself serious pain and was forced to withdraw from the competition for his own health.
Drechsel had to wait 3 months for his leg to heal before surgery, then he sought out a physical therapist named Joyce Shahboz and thanks to several therapies his knee was healed up and Drew was even better than ever.
In American Ninja Warrior 4 Drew returned stronger and finished the Southeast Qualifier in 2nd place behind David Rodriguez. In the regional finals Drew managed to finish the course and managed to earn a spot in the top 15. In the Vegas Finals Drew did some showboating on the First Stage and avenged his defeat on the Half-Pipe Attack to beat the First Stage, but he misjudged his dismount on the Unstable Bridge and spun backwards into the water.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- ShadoCon 2012 - November 16-18, 2012 in Tampa, FL