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Chris DiGangi is a federal consultant from Naperville, Illinois. He is currently engaged to fellow ninja competitor Jesse Labreck.

American Ninja Warrior 4[]

Chris first competed in American Ninja Warrior 4 in the Northeast region. His run was digested in qualifying but he finished the course and advanced to the city finals, which he also cleared. In the national finals, he failed the Jumping Spider on Stage One.

American Ninja Warrior 5[]

DiGangi returned to compete in Baltimore in American Ninja Warrior 5 where he completed the qualifying course in 21st place. Due to night one of filming getting rained out, he ended up running in daylight, thus being entirely cut from the broadcast. In the city finals, he fell on the Salmon Ladder which didn't advance him to the national finals.

American Ninja Warrior 6[]

Chris returned to compete in Miami in American Ninja Warrior 6. His run was cut in qualifying, but he shockingly failed the Downhill Pipe Drop and did not move on to the city finals.

American Ninja Warrior 8[]

After not getting selected for American Ninja Warrior 7, Chris returned to compete in Philadelphia in American Ninja Warrior 8. His run was cut in qualifying, but he failed the Rolling Thunder. This was enough for him to place 11th overall and advance to the city finals.

His run in the city finals was also cut, but he once again failed the Rolling Thunder and he once again didn't move on to the national finals.

American Ninja Warrior 9[]

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Chris returned to compete in Cleveland in American Ninja Warrior 9, where it was revealed that he was now dating fellow competitor Jesse Labreck. Chris' run was digested in qualifying but he finished the course placing 10th.

In the city finals, he failed the Nail Clipper but placed 10th again and advanced to the national finals after a four year absence.

On Stage One, he got his revenge on the Jumping Spider, which took him out last time he participated in Vegas, but got hung up on the Domino Pipes and ultimately failed the last obstacle, the Flying Squirrel.

American Ninja Warrior 10[]

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DiGangi returned to compete in Indianapolis in American Ninja Warrior 10. In qualifying, he had a stumble on Block Run, but was able to make it to the Warped Wall where he failed to scale the 18-foot Mega Wall, but he did scale the regular 14'6' wall and complete the course with the 3rd fastest time behind Michael Bougher and Dan Polizzi.

In the city finals, his run was digested but it was shown that he failed Cane Lane and placed 8th overall, making his third appearance in the national finals.

His run on Stage One was digested but it was shown that he failed the Double Dipper. This ultimately ended his and Jesse Labreck's streak of having the same results on the course, as Jesse made it to the eighth obstacle, Twist & Fly. The streak ended at 5 times by the time he failed the Double Dipper.

American Ninja Warrior 11[]

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Chris DiGangi at the Vegas Finals- Stage 1 - American Ninja Warrior 2019

DiGangi competed in Cincinnati in American Ninja Warrior 11. In qualifying, his run was digested, and it was shown that he failed the Slingshot. However, his time was fast enough to qualify for the city finals, placing 15th. In the city finals, his run was digested but it was shown that he managed to clear the city finals course for the first time since his debut in season 4. He placed 5th overall, making his fourth appearance in the national finals. In Las Vegas, he cleared Stage 1 for the first time ever with 8.10 seconds left. Following this, he was able to complete Stage 2 on his first try ever, with 28.36 seconds left. On Stage 3, his run was the first fast forward on Stage 3 ever shown. He failed the swinging transition on the Ultimate Cliffhanger.

American Ninja Warrior 12[]

DiGangi and Labreck were supposed to marry this year but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Chris returned in Season 12 and competed in the second qualifier. He managed to clear the qualifier with 1:56.40 and placed 9th in the leaderboard and moved onto the Semi Finals. There he was one of few to survive the Corkscrew and he later failed The Dungeon. He advanced to the finals placing 11th overall in the top 12. Chris was expected to go far in the finals, but he shockingly fell on the Falling Shelves, ending his season.

American Ninja Warrior 13[]

Chris returned for his ninth season in the last qualifying episode. His run was digested, but at Split Decision, he chose Block Run and he shockingly failed there after stumbling on the third block. As a result, he didn't advance to the semifinals for the first time since ANW 6.

American Ninja Warrior 14[]

Chris returned for his tenth season in the third qualifying episode. Once again, his run there was digested, but after a near fall on the Shrinking Steps, he past got the third obstacle this time around and he once again cleared the course. It was his tenth overall buzzer on the show, and coincidentally he also placed 10th overall.

He later competed in the third semifinals episode. His run there was also digested, but shockingly, he failed on Hopscotch, the fifth obstacle after his right knee pushed the thid panel out of the way of his right hand and he couldn't hang on to it, ending his season and he once again didn't advance to the national finals. Since his fiance Jesse surprisingly failed on the third obstacle, Clockwork, this was just the second time that Chris had outperformed Jesse after ANW 11. Sadly, this did mean that for the first time in ANW, neither of them did well enough to advance to the national finals.

American Ninja Warrior 15[]

Chris returned for his eleventh season, competing in the fifth qualifying round. His run was once again fast-forwarded, but he was hoping to earn his eleventh buzzer. Instead, in a similar fashion to season 11, he failed the fifth obstacle, going out on Ring the Bells. He still once again advanced to the semifinals by placing 9th overall.

In the semifinals, he lost his race to his friend and training partner, Mike Silenzi after once again failing on Slingshot, and didn't advance to Vegas for the third straight year.

American Ninja Warrior 16[]

Chris returned for his twelfth season, competing in the fifth qualifying round. His run was once again digested, but he rough run as he had to use the smaller ring on the Ring Chaser, stumbled through the Spin Bridge, before falling on the backside transition of Heavy Metal. He ended up not advancing to the semifinals for the third time in his career.

Trivia[]

  • He and his fiancee Jesse Labreck have hit the qualifying buzzer four times simultaneously, both doing so in Season 9, 10, 12, and 14.
  • He and Jesse Labreck are the only couple to hit the city finals buzzer in Season 11.
  • He was the first ninja to be shown on Stage 3 in a fast forward. This was during Season 11, when the Stage 2 course became a lot easier, and 21 ninjas made it to Stage 3, resulting in the first Stage 3 fast forwards in ANW history.

Results[]

ANW # Result Notes
4 Failed Jumping Spider (Stage One) Lost his footing.
9 Failed Flying Squirrel (Stage One)
10 Failed Double Dipper (Stage One) Digest
11 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger (Stage Three) Digest

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