Ethan Swanson is a data analyst from Chicago, Illinois, who has competed on 3 seasons of American Ninja Warrior. Swanson is perhaps renown for his daredevil stunts on top of high buildings, which have hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Ethan first competed in St. Louis in American Ninja Warrior 6. Swanson had been able to breeze through all six obstacles in qualifying with ease. However, as a shocker, it was shown he was disqualified on the Rolling Maruta for splashing the water, which his foot touched just barely.
Ethan returned again in American Ninja Warrior 7 and competed in Kansas City his run in qualifying was cut but he finished the course without disqualification this time, placing 21st overall. In the finals, his run was cut from the broadcast but it shown in the next season that he failed the Flying Shelf Grab, and did not make it into the Vegas finals.
Ethan returned to compete in American Ninja Warrior 8, now much stronger than ever. He competed in Indianapolis where his run in Qualifying was cut but he finished the course placing 11th in the top 30. In the city finals, Ethan put up a very impressive run, becoming the first competitor of the night to conquer the Hourglass Drop. He then cleared the new Circuit Board, the penultimate obstacle of the Indianapolis finals course. Swanson failed the Invisible Ladder, but he managed to place 5th overall, making it his first time advancing to Mount Midoriyama. In Vegas, Ethan's run was digested but it was shown that he finished the course with 2.10 seconds left. His run on stage 2 was also digested but it was shown that he failed the Down Up Salmon Ladder.
Ethan once again competed in Kansas City in ANW 9, where he now is known as his new nickname, "The Swan". Swanson completed the qualifying course and placed 5th overall, and even did the "Swan" celebration with many competitors and even Akbar joining in his celebration. He was one of only 10 competitors to finish the KC qualifying course.