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GCI celebrates Alaska’s “Ninja Warrior”

Nick Hanson, a World Eskimo-Indian Olympics champion


Nick Hanson

Courtesy of GCI

Nick Hanson, a World Eskimo-Indian Olympics champion and scissor broad jump record-holder from Unalakleet, dominated the course on NBC's hit show “American Ninja Warrior,” during the season premiere on Wednesday night. As one of the few contestants to succeed in the qualifier round, Nick will next compete in the "American Ninja Warrior" regional finals. 

Hanson returned to Los Angeles this spring to compete for the second time in the show known for its extremely challenging obstacle course, a trip sponsored in part by GCI. Contenders competed in the qualifying rounds during the kick-off to season 8. Hanson, who resides in Unalakleet, watched the premiere from his hometown at his family’s restaurant, Peace on Earth, alongside family, friends and community supporters.

“The whole GCI team is cheering for Nick,” said Heather Handyside, director of communications for GCI. “When we heard about Nick’s efforts to return to compete on the show, we wanted to support him so that he could focus on the competition. Nick epitomizes the Alaska-born-and-raised spirit and GCI's 2,300 Alaska employees are rooting for him!"

GCI featured Hanson in the “Alaska Born and Raised” ad campaign that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of everyday Alaskans and the state’s unique cultures, activities and ways of life.


“American Ninja Warrior” can be viewed on NBC on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and on the Esquire Network on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The season ends this summer when the remaining contestants advance to the final rounds, held in Las Vegas. 

About GCI GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com


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