Nearing the end of its seventh season, "American Ninja Warrior" has still not crowned a champ. Though countless competitors have attempted to complete all four stages of the Las Vegas finals -- including climbing Mt. Midoriyama -- it just hasn't been in the cards.

However, if you ask the finalists they're more convinced than ever that this is the year it will finally be done. A major favorite among the ninjas is Brent Steffensen. After not passing the qualifying stage in Season 6, he's back with a vengeance.

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The road to Mt. Midoriyama isn't going to be an easy one, though. In a Zap2it exclusive clip of Steffensen's stage one run, he's already facing serious trouble.

Still, it's not likely Steffensen is going to let stage one stand in his way. "I know that he can make it to the top of Mt. Midoriyama," his girlfriend and fellow ninja Kacy Catanzaro tells Zap2it. "We're always training. He's so strong, super focused and I really think this year is his year. He's made a huge comeback so far and I know he's going to keep it up."

"I think this could be the year. The level of talent is just so high. The obstacles are doable -- which they are every year. We know we could do these things, we just have to string them together in a perfect run," Steffensen says. "You could hopefully be looking at the first American Ninja Warrior, but we'll see."

Beyond Steffensen, there are plenty of ninjas who have what it takes to possible become champions. A popular choice among competitors is the self-proclaimed Wolfpack -- Ian Dory, Brian Arnold and Isaac Caldiero.

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After Wolfpack member Noah Kaufman failed to qualify for Las Vegas, he spent his free time training his friends to prepare them for all that awaits in the finals. "I wouldn't be surprised if Brian, Isaac and Ian all make it," he says. "We've put in countless hours [of training] ... I don't think anybody's probably even close to what we're doing."

Dory can't help but agree about his fellow Wolfpack members. "I think my favorite ninja's probably Isaac Caldiero right now," he admits. "There's also Brian Arnold, he's a bro. He can win it, he's in really great shape right now and he's gone further than anyone."

With such a strong field of competitors, the chance of someone completing all four stages is more possible than ever. The only question is whether a ninja will rise to the occasion and claim the $1 million prize that awaits them.

“American Ninja Warrior” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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