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SANDY — Six siblings from Utah made television history Monday night when they competed together on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”

The television show features athletes from across the country competing with one another in a series of physically challenging obstacle courses. Monday’s episode marked the first time in the history of the show six siblings competed together.

Josh, Shandra, Ryan, Amy, Tessah, Ciara and Kayden Souter watched their debut at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons in Sandy, along with hundreds of their closest family and friends.

While there, the siblings also got a good look at their surroundings and came up with some challenges along the way. When you're an American Ninja Warrior even a movie theater is an obstacle course.

“We’ve been doing this since we were kids,” said Ryan Souter, as he and his siblings hung from a sign on the ceiling of the movie theater lobby.

Because of an age requirement, all but one of the “Souter 7” made the cut for the show’s Denver qualifier. They had to keep the journey tight-lipped until the premiere when they were finally able to share each triumph and tumble with a theater full of people.

The Souters said they trained three days a week for an hour a day in preparation for the show. But truthfully, they've prepared for this opportunity their whole lives.

“This chance to get away and be on this adult playground and get a chance to just play hard together, it brought back so many memories,” Amy Souter said. “It was like a flashback of childhood.”

Of the six Souters who competed, only Ryan is moving on in the competition. He's already taped the next round, but we won't find out how Ryan does until Aug. 28.

The Souter 7 are parents to a combined 17 children and have a younger brother who is itching for his opportunity to compete. So, we probably haven't seen the last of this crew.

Contributing: Jordan Ormond

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