Michael Stanger is an insurance agent who competed in the Kansas City Finals. His backstory is arguably the most depressing and tear breaking in ANW history.
Stanger was known for being a " superhero " as his wife, Enedina, was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Stanger had proved himself to be a successful competitor in American Ninja Warrior 7, where he ended up finishing the Kansas City qualifying course and placed 27th. He had ended up reaching the finals, where he was putting a strong run, but was one of the many competitors to fall on the Body Prop. His time ended up placing 16th, and he was the only competitor on the Body Prop to not make it into the top 15. However, he was still awarded from his wife for his courageous efforts, and as an improbable occurence, Stanger ended up being a wildcard in Vegas, as Lorin Ball was injured before the finals and he filled in for him. He wasn't shown in Vegas, but it was said he timed out at the Warped Wall.
He returned in American Ninja Warrior 8 in the Indianapolis Qualifying Round region. It was revealed this season that since his two daughters also have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, getting it from his wife. This gave him more incentive running the course again. Stanger started off strong, until he got to the Disk Runner where he completed the obstacle, but had felled off platform after doing so. However, he was still awarded for his efforts from his wife and daughters, despite placing 35th overall in qualifying.
As a major update in ANW9, his wife Enedina was cured from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Stanger still ran the course in Denver, and made it all the way to the Rail Runner, which he placed 16th in qualifying.