American Ninja Warrior via Colorado State University

Dustin Fishman will be attending Colorado State University this fall. He is also one of the featured contestants on American Ninja Warrior on NBC this season.

The former Marine was a four-time pole-vaulting champion at Urbana High School in Frederick, Maryland. He holds the boys’ record at the school.

Military Background

As a Marine, Dustin was a communications electronics technician and detention operations specialist. He was deployed in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2012, flying on many missions. He attended Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia, then spent three months in Tunisia before injuring his back. He returned to Quantico and served in the Inactive Ready Reserves for three and a half years, finished his contract and received an honorable discharge.


He plans to major in criminology in the Department of Sociology at CSU because he may eventually go into law enforcement. But first he wants to serve in the U.S. Air Force, so he’ll join Air Force ROTC Detachment 90 when he arrives on campus.

Fishman chose the nickname “Flying Fish” for the show. American Ninja Warrior’s new season started June 12; it airs Mondays at 7 p.m. Mountain Time on NBC.