Brothers Clay and C.J. Raterman watched "American Ninja Warrior" on television since they were kids and always imagined they could complete the obstacle courses like the athletes they watched onscreen.

Brothers Clay and C.J. Raterman watched "American Ninja Warrior" on television since they were kids and always imagined they could complete the obstacle courses like the athletes they watched onscreen.

Now, the Ratermans and Brynn Schlemitz -- all Dublin Coffman High School alumni -- will compete Aug. 28 in Los Angeles in "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" representing Ohio State University.

The three will square off against those from the largest colleges and universities throughout the country in jumping, climbing and pulling themselves over obstacles as quickly as they can.

The show will air on the NBC network at an undisclosed future date.

C.J. Raterman, who graduated from Coffman in 2012 and received a degree from OSU this summer, said he learned about the casting opportunity via a friend's text message.

The day applications were due he decided to call to learn more, and got an extension for his video application.

The 22-year-old, who ran track at Coffman, said he's done parkour and calisthenics since he was young.

"American Ninja Warrior" is one of the only shows where people can compete doing similar activities, he said.

"I've wanted to be on the show since it was overseas in Japan," he said.

Clay Raterman, 20, said the trio learned they got accepted for "College Edition" about two weeks ago.

The OSU junior graduated from Coffman in 2014 and played football during high school.

Since then, he's continued strength training. In preparation for the competition later this month, he said he's begun grip-strength training to help him hang onto obstacles for long periods of time.

He said he knows that will be his biggest strength challenge on the obstacle course.

The course includes six to seven obstacles, Clay Raterman said.

The final round has a course featuring 10 obstacles, and the final two teams compete a relay race.

The Raterman brothers have twice visited a ninja gym in Columbus that features obstacles similar to those they might face in Los Angeles.

Schlemitz, 20, said she's preparing for the competition by running daily and lifting weights.

She is a 2014 Coffman graduate and played soccer in high school, which she said has helped strengthen her leg muscles.

Schlemitz Is a junior at OSU and played soccer for one year in college.

"My weakness is probably my upper body," she said.

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