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The Special Episode, also known as Episode 1x09, is the pilot episode of U.S. Wipeout. However, it was featured on broadcast as the ninth episode of season 1.

In this special episode, 32 contestants were featured instead of the normal 24. Because of this, 16 competitors advanced the Qualifier rather than 12.



Competition: Finals
Week: Qualifier Sweeper Cookie Cutter Wipeout Zone
Place Contestant Result
1 "Rocket Scientist" Christian Readyhoff 3rd (01:10.0) -- 2nd (04:13.68) Winner (00:55.88)
2 "Faceplant" Scott Kessler 9th (01:56.9) -- 1st (04:04.00) 2nd Place (02:03.84)
3 "Pro Cheerleader" Katie Mayfield 2nd (01:01.3) -- 4th (04:51.52) 3rd/Late Finish (02:25.14)
4 "Suddenly Slimmer" Mich Rohner 13th (02:26.9) -- 3rd (04:30.37) 4th Place (02:59.83)
5 "The Wolverine" Andrew Long 11th (02:00.4) -- Eliminated (05:13.74)
6 "105-Pound Little" Paul Martin 12th (02:20.2) -- Eliminated (05:52.19)
7 "Hot Sauce Guy" Daniel Drew 10th (01:58.8) -- Eliminated (07:29.21)
8 "Football Player" Nick Ballard 1st (00:59.4) -- Out of time
9 "Dog Trainer" Mindy Fortune 4th (01:10.8) Eliminated
10 "Police Officer" Steve Romero 14th (2:28.6) Eliminated
11 "Former Stuntman" Rick Wilson 6th (01:12.1) Eliminated
12 Eddie Shapiro 15th (02:29.0) Eliminated
13 "Triathlete" Shelly Williams 8th (01:22.3) Eliminated
14 Karen Helm 7th (01:12.6) Eliminated
15 Monte Cook "With His Sore Butt" 16th (02:29.2) Eliminated
16 Angela Bruson 5th (01:11.7) Eliminated

Trivia & Notes[]

  • Because 32 competitors were featured on this episode, sixteen contestants advanced to the Sweeper. During the Sweeper however, the obstacle stopped as soon as eight contestants were eliminated. As such, no competitor would win a bonus cash prize for being the last competitor standing.
  • On the Cookie Cutter, the four contestants with the best time advanced to the Wipeout Zone.
  • Nick Ballard has the best time in Wipeout history in the Qualifier, and is the first to cross the Big Balls.
  • Mich Rochner and Daniel Drew both slid down the Human Pinball perfectly.
  • Katie Mayfield is the first to cross the Sucker Punch, the second to cross the Big Balls, and the only one to stick the landing on the Leap Of Faith. Confusingly, however, she was cited to have a perfect run by the John’s, despite falling into the water after Human Pinball.
  • Eddie Shapiero later crossed the Sucker Punch.
  • Although she ran out of time, Katie Mayfield still finished the Wipeout Zone. She finished 21.30 seconds slower than Scott Kessler after he completed the Wipeout Zone.
  • Christian Readyhoff had the best time in the Wipeout Zone in Wipeout history. To put his time into perspective, Readyhoff managed to complete the course before the other contestants even started on the first obstacle.