Top 10 Most Skilled American Ninja Warrior Contestants

The most skilled contestants to ever compete in the American Ninja Warrior contest.

The Top Ten

1 Drew Dreschel

All around great person. Besides his obvious athletic ability, he has great sportsmanship. He stands on the sidelines supporting fellow ninjas and you can't help but to notice his genuine concern that they do well. Most ninjas are like that but there is just something about Drew. That's why he's my favorite. Just seems to be one of those people that you would just love being around. Also, congrats on becoming a daddy.

The thing that amazes me about Drew is that he totally shattered his knee and leg and was able to come back and compete at the highest level again. That takes dedication and a lot of hard work to do that. I admire his ability and his dedication to the sport. Go Drew!

Drew should be called The "Real Life AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR" not The "Real Life Ninja"

I would love him to train me because I want to show people were I'm from that I can do anything with autism

2 David "Flip" Rodriguez

Absolutely love the flipster!

Truely Amazing

The most dedicated ninja in America

Flip is my favorite ninja and even though he fell on stage one in vegas last year, I know he’s going to make a comeback in season 11

3 Joe Moravsky

Joe has more almost 3 times as many buzzers as failures. He has 1 legit fail in all of his qualifying/finals courses (nobody finished that night), and he has 1 "semi" fail because he chose the mega wall and hit a ridiculous blind obstacle that should have never been done.

He is the best lol. Flip isn't nearly as good as him and just annoys me with his personality. Drew proclaims himself as a "real life ninja" yet can't make it as far as Joe, a simple weather man

I like Flip, but Joe is a stronger competitor than Flip.

Flip is definitely among the best don't get me wrong, but Joe has made it further in just about every competition

4 Sean Bryan

The best ninja, I think

He is so awesome, great upper body strength and extremely fast, in addition to that he is an amazing role model to young people

Even with a broken ankle he hit the buzzer and won the power tower! Is there something he cannot do?

-Top 3 two years ago,
-Top 2 last year.
-Hit every buzzer but stage 3 every year.
-2x undefeated record holding Salmon Ladder champ.
-This years Big Dipper champ.
My opinion, best all around the last 2-3 years, under appreciated.

5 Geoff Britten

He has a perfect season. The current longest buzzer streak, and a 100% Stage 2,3, and 4 Clear Rate

He is the only ninja to have a perfect season. And has a 7 buzzer streak

Total victory?
Geoff is always smiling
And is legendary

Total victory
Best attitude and best ninja skills
Won lightning bolts pegboard
at all star skills

6 Ryan Stratis

Competed on all 11 seasons. You got to love him

Ryan Stratis is one of the best American ninja warriors (from JP age 6).

Only person to complete city finals course anw 3

7 Brent Steffensen

First American to make it past the ultimate cliffhanger

Made it farther than any other American on the course.

Brian Arnold has made it the farthest

Brent has beaten the stage no one else could until Geoff and Isaac

8 David Campbell

My personal favorite.

Been to Mt. Midoriyami more than any other American.

9 Daniel Gil

The first and foremost thing that I love about Daniel Gil is his love of God. He is also by far the most calm of all of the ninja warriors, which comes from living his faith. I am a big fan of several of the warriors, but I admire Daniel Gil the most.

If Daniel had been given more time to rest before attempting Stage 4, the competition with Drew, who was able to rest a lot longer, would have been more fair. The way it played out tonight, we really do not know who is the best at this time. It was not a level laying field!

I love watching all of the competitors, but Daniel Gil is the real reason I watch at all. What a great example he provides for young people and old alike. He seems to live the message and God has blessed him with a talent where he can reach millions. And yes, he should be in the top 5, but is # 1 in my book!

I love that he cares if the other ninjas do well and he seems like an overall nice guy.

10 Elet Hall

Team USA
Made it to stage 3
One of the best speed demons out there

The Contenders

11 Jessie Graff

You go Jessie Graff! I loved her I hope she comes back. She is strong and inspirational. She should be higher on the list!

She is the best female

Pure skill and sheer brilliance


12 Kevin Bull

Jaw dropping


Love to watch him on the course.

Most fun to watch period.

13 Travis Rosen

Came back from injury stronger

He was nicknamed the ageless wonder

Seriously underrated. He isn't amazing

Travis Rosan is a great Contestant - 2storm

14 James Mcgrath

He's so much better than grant mccartney

One of the best upcoming American Ninja Warriors

True to his name

James is the best ninja easy.

15 Isaac Caldiero

The best! Only full winner on american ninja warrior!

Definitely fell off


Drew dreschel is my personl favorite. Meanwhile isaac caldiero is my 2nd favorite and certainly #1 skilled despite his fall isn the kansas city finals

16 JJ Woods

My six year old grandson is very happy that JJ Woods made the list.


Most cool athletic man I know I want to be just like him

He is athletic strong quick what else do you need?

17 Najee Richardson

He is so amazing and he is a role model!
Asthma-Completes nearly every course he tries.

I admire his determination and how much he has risen from adversity.

He always perseveres through everything, even when his asthma catches up to him!

Admire the adversities he had to overcome to get where he is today. Extremely talented and a gentleman in competition.

18 Brian Arnold

Went further than any other American ninja warrior

Only Olympic team USA contestant that can complete stage 3

Brian Arnold went farther than any one

This is out of date, Brian Arnold has made it farthest on stage three

19 Mathis Owhadi

I think he is top 10 at least same with gill but that's MY opinion no hard feelings!

I think kid will win

Top ten

I think your going to win!

20 Grant McCartney

He's got moves!

Grant embodies what it means to be a ninja. He is tough but fun...he means business but he has fun doing it. Go Island Ninja

He is my favorite ninja

Ayeee! He danced his way to the top ninja in my book. I don't care what y'all say but he is definitely NOT in 23rd place.

21 Meagan Martin

The best, most beautiful, most consistent and aspiring athlete to pave the way for women in this competition!

She’s amazing! What an inspiration.

22 Alan Connealy
23 Kacy Catanzaro

She is one of my favorite American Ninja Warriors and she is the greatest of them all

First women to make it up the Warped Wall

Love you kacy, you inspired many and best of luck for your future hope to see you hold gold in WWE

She is tiny but mighty, and she inspires a lot of people, she may not win the most, but you know what...she s pretty awesome

24 Brian Orosco

He hasn't competed since season 3

25 Levi Meeuwenberg

Was my all time favorite before he had to retire

He is my all time Favourite

This guy is really the best of then all

Too bad he gave up anw after that wrist injury

26 Paul Kasemir


He is very experience and had competed since season 2 and is known as mr consitency however at season 7 it was the first time he did not make it through stage 1 I hope paul will be back for season 9

I think Kasemir could be in the top 3 because he's been on team USA a few times and has made it too the last obstacle on stage 3 and has the name Mr. Consistency I think that should get in the top 3

Known as Mr. Consistency, Paul Kasemir always finishes as one of the top guys. He seems to get a little better every year.

27 Jamie Rahn

The god

Jamie is amazing with grip

He is awesome

He is a stud

28 Lance Pekus

Love this guy and his positive attitude

My friend has Ben inspired by him because he's a farmer

Is a cowboy and completed stage 2 in the anw all star special.

29 Stephen Amell

Got up to the wall and did extra obstacles 😎 Experience with stunts and working out due to his role as the Green Arrow.

30 Josh Levin

The number one rock climber and he was the best rookie ever on anw

This completed stage 3 on U.S.A. Vs. world in his rookie year!

31 Barclay Stockett

Yesss she’s amazing, she’s definitely my favorite

32 Chris Wilczewski
33 Sam Sann
34 Jake Murray

Guy is always on of the best. Consistently top best of the best. - ftm821

If he doesn't win, he's Always in the top of the top.

I vote for Jake Murray because he’s my favorite

Man,damn strong and funny too,he does everything with style and he has made it to stage 2 so he should be in top 20 at least

35 Adam Rayl

He has amazing potential! A true legend.

-He has won the Wolfpack tours multiple times
-He has almost gone as far as stage 3
-Overall a really nice guy and he is worthy of Total victory!

36 Allyssa Beird

She is the best girl ninja

37 Makoto Nagano

The BEST! The OG of Ninja Warrior!

He is best

38 Lorin Ball

Love watching him run the course! Great style!

Fast cool he's unstoppable

39 Thomas Stillings

This is insulting, this man came out of nowhere in ANW 7 making it all the way to stage 2!

40 Noah Kaufman
41 Jon Stewart

Hope for all ages

42 Kevin Carbone "the Maker"

Won obstacle design contest 2018 with DeJaVu, premiered at Vegas finals in stage3 with the wingnut

Breakout rookie season, invented the most talked about obsticle ever, the Wingnut

43 Nick Hanson

He is the worst

He made it up the mega wall in LA

44 Ian Dory

World class rock climber

Upper nineteenth plus mind is why he was in top 3 after Geoff and Issac

Made it to last obstacle on stage 3

Has been team captain on every ninja vs ninja and is part of the wolf pack

45 Travis Furlanic
46 Azeo Torre

He was a rookie 2015 and did get to Finals in 2016, but he can do much more. He will be a lot better in 2017.

47 Neil Craver

Crazy Craver should be higher. An injury kept him out of ANW in 2017.

Craver is another rookie with much potential, and Can make it to Stage II this time

48 Grant Clinton

He almost died and then completed the Oklahoma City finals which is to me impossible

49 Mike Bernardo

He has been upon 7 seasons of American Ninja Warrior.

He is a salmon ladder beast

50 Brian Wilchesky

Brother of chris wilchesky

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