Michelle Warkny

Michelle Warnky is an Event Coordinator from Columbus, Ohio, who has made it to Mt. Midoriyama four times so far. In American Ninja Warrior 5, she made it to the Circle Cross before ending up wet. Despite that fall, she was chosen to be a part of the group of wildcard entries that were selected for Mt. Midoriyama. There, she was one of many women to fail the Giant Cycle.

In American Ninja Warrior 6, she became only the 2nd american woman to climb up the Warped Wall and guarantee a spot in the City Finals. In the city finals, Michelle was able to beat first half of the course easily. But, on the Salmon Ladder, she wasn't able to grab the bar with her right hand and fell in the water. Once again, she was chosen to participate in Vegas as a wildcard and got her revenge on the Giant Cycle. On the Silk Slider, however, she wasn't able to see the landing platform correctly and slid off the platform into the water.

She also competed in the Sasuke ASEAN Cup. On the course, she went well through the first few obstacles. Unfortunately, she failed the Cliff Hanger inches to the finish.

In American Ninja Warrior 7, Michelle returned to the course with high hopes of completing the whole qualifying course including pressing a button in Vegas. On the course, she was able to maneuver through the first four obstacles easily using a unorthodox strategy on the Wind Chimes. She almost fell on Snake Crossing, but was able to save herself. On the Devil Steps, Michelle was going through the first half of the obstacle at a decent pace. After the transition, Michelle went down the steps at an unusual slow pace. As a result, Michelle tried to go for the early dismount off the obstacle but was only able to touch the platform with right foot causing her to fall back into the water. However, she made it far enough in a fast enough time to qualify for the city finals. She finished in 29th place. In the Pittsburgh finals, however, she unfortunately went out on the Snake Crossing after she had lost her balance and wasn't so lucky this time around. It was confirmed that she will be a wildcard for the 3rd year in a row. In the Las Vegas finals, Michelle cleared the first three obstacles easily including the Silk Slider that took her out last year. On the Jumping Spider, though, she didn't get a high enough jump into the walls and fell in the water. This is her best Vegas performance to date.

Michelle competed in American Ninja Warrior 8 in the Philadelphia qualifying region. She maneuvered through the first four obstacles at a steady pace. However, her grip gave out on the Rolling Thunder causing her to fall in the water. Fortunately, she made it to the obstacle fast enough to finish 17th place and became 1 of 4 women to qualify to the city finals in one qualifying region. She failed the Rolling Thunder obstacle once again in the city finals. She did however earn a wildcard spot in Vegas. Her run on stage 1 was digested, but like many others that night, she failed the Propeller Bar.

Michelle Warnky at the Philadelphia Qualifier - American Ninja Warrior 2016

Michelle Warnky at the Philadelphia Qualifier - American Ninja Warrior 2016

Michelle returned to compete in Cleveland In American Ninja Warrior 9. But this time, she competed along with her dad Chris. In Qualifying, while Chris failed the Razor's Edge during his run, Michelle failed the Ring Jump. But fortunately, with the addition of the rule in which the top five women will advance in the city finals, she landed in the top four which means she advanced in the city finals with Jesse Labreck and Allyssa Beird leading the group. In the finals, she battled all the way to the Nail Clipper before gassing out and failing. However, she was too slow to qualify for Vegas, for the first time in five years.


ANW # Result Notes
5 14 Giant Cycle Qualified as Wildcard.
6 29 Silk Slider Qualified as Wildcard.
7 Jumping Spider Qualified as Wildcard.
8 Propeller Bar Qualified as Wildcard.


As of now, Warnky has the most instances where she has qualified in Vegas as a wildcard, with now being a total of 4 times.