This article was published prior to Drew Drechsel’s arrest. NBC and American Ninja Warrior have since cut ties with him.
Over the course of American Ninja Warrior’s 11 seasons, only two Champions have been crowned. Those two Ninjas are Isaac Caldiero in season seven, and now, Drew Drechsel in season 11. But over the years, the show has delivered a note-worthy final competitor every year. We’ve listed all those Ninjas for you below!
It’s a bit tricky to define a “winner” for every season of the show. Technically, no one “wins” unless they complete all four stages of Mount Midoriyama, or the National Finals. However, there is always a “Last Ninja Standing,” someone who went the farthest, the fastest in the later stages.
The final stages have changed over the course of the 11 seasons as well. Before season four, the top Ninjas participated in Sasuke in Japan. The National Finals in Vegas, as we know them, came into play in season four.
If you’d like to take a deeper diver into the show’s history, you can check out the retrospective we did ahead of season 10, here.
To offer more clarification, in season seven, we listed both Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero as “Last Ninjas Standing” because both of them completed all four stages of the National Finals within the time limits allowed.
We did not list Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil as co-last Ninjas standing in season 11, as Daniel timed out on Stage Four, meaning technically, he did not complete it.
2009: Last Ninja Standing - Levi Meeuwenberg (Farthest American in Sasuke)
2010: Last Ninja standing - David Campbell (Farthest, fastest American in Sasuke)
2011: Last Ninja standing - David Campbell (Farthest, fastest American in Sasuke)
2012: Last Ninja Standing - Brent Steffensen
2013: Last Ninja Standing - Brian Arnold
2014: Last Ninja Standing: Joe Moravsky
2015: Last Ninjas Standing - Isaac Calidero and Geoff Britten
American Ninja Warrior Champion: Isaac Caldiero
2016: Last Ninja Standing - Drew Drechsel
2017: Last Ninja Standing - Joe Moravsky
2018: Last Ninja Standing - Drew Drechsel
2019: American Ninja Warrior Champion - Drew Drechsel
2020: Season champion - Daniel Gil