Jesse "Flex" Labreck is a gym operator from Naperville, Illinois. Labreck currently lives with fellow ANW veteran Chris DiGangi and they are currently engaged. She served as a former caregiver who helped take care of Emeline Sterpe, a young girl who has cerebral palsy.
Labreck competed first in American Ninja Warrior 8. In the Philadelphia qualifier she made it to Rolling Thunder until she lost her grip. She still made it to the city finals by placing 28th. With three other women making the top 30 as well, she took part in ANW history as part of the Fantastic Four.In the finals, she managed beat the Rolling Thunder and became just the fifth woman ever to scale the Warped Wall. She made it all the way to Stair Hopper before falling. She became the fourth woman in ANW history to qualify for Vegas placing 10th, the third in American Ninja Warrior 8. and the first to qualify as a rookie. In the Las Vegas Finals, she managed to keep a slow but steady pace until the Jumping Spider, where she ultimately failed due to her legs not getting deep enough in between the walls.Labreck was later chosen to represent Team Matt in the Team Competition in the Second American Ninja Warrior All star Special. During her leg of the race on stage 1, she got her revenge on the Jumping Spider, but failed the Sonic Curve. On Stage 2 she made history as the first woman to complete the Wave Runner and the Butterfly Wall. LaBreck also competed in the Skills Competition where she cleared 19 rungs out of 35 on the Super Salmon Ladder competition, and scaled a 17 ft warped wall on the Mega Wall Competition.
Labreck returned to compete in Cleveland in American Ninja Warrior 9 where she became just the sixth woman ever to complete a qualifying course, placing 12th overall and moved on to the city finals.
In the city finals, she was one of many to fail the Nail Clipper. However, her time to the obstacle actually landed her a spot in the top 15, just placing 15th overall. She became one of only two females in ANW 9 to land in the top 15 during a city finals course, with the other being Jessie Graff.On Stage 1, Labreck cleared the first four obstacles with ease, But she got hung up on the rope on Parkour Run wasting energy and time, and ultimately she crashed into the water on the Flying Squirrel after failing the transition to the cargo net.
In American Ninja Warrior 10, Labreck competed in Indianapolis this time, considering she now lives in Naperville, Illinois. She moved through the course with ease and became the first woman that night to complete the Spin Hopper, as well as the first woman that season to attempt the 18-foot Mega Wall. Although she came up short on the Mega Wall, she easily scaled the regular wall and hit her second consecutive qualifying buzzer, and became just the second woman that season to complete the qualifying course. Labreck placed 10th overall at the end of the night.
In the city finals, she made history as the first woman to get past the Clacker, she fell on Cane Lane but placed 12th overall and moved on to the national finals again.
On Stage 1, Jesse smashed her face on the dismount from Jeep Run, missed her first attempt on the Warped Wall, and crashed into the water on Twist and Fly after failing the transition to the second set of handles. Since no female completed stage 1, she went the farthest out of all females this season.
Jesse returned in Cincinnati for American Ninja Warrior 11. In qualifying, she bested her fiance, Chris DiGangi, who failed Sling Shot, as she finished the course placing 6th, as well as tying Meagan Martin's record of three consecutive qualifying buzzers. In the city finals, although she did get hung up on both the Ring Swing and Spinball Wizard; Jesse did make history as the third woman ever to complete a city finals course. Just like in Qualifying, she placed 6th again, qualifying for Vegas. In the national finals, Jesse got hung up on Spin Your Wheels wasting energy and time, and for the third year in a row, she crashed into the water on the final obstacle once again failing the transition to the cargo net. Since no female competitors completed stage 1, she once again went the farthest out of all the females this season.
Team Ninja Competitions
Because she qualified for the national finals in Season 8, Labreck was chosen to form a three person team of her own for Team Ninja Warrior 2. Labreck called her team LaBreckfast Club because it was part of her last name and that she and her teammates were known for their speed. Labreck's teammates were Noel Reyes and Jon Alexis Jr. The team ultimately was eliminated on the sixth episode in qualifying, losing to Lorin Ball's team, the Ballers, in a sudden death match.
The Labreckfast Club returned in American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja. The time consisting once again of her and Jon Alexis Jr., but her current boyfriend and training partner Chris DiGangi replaced Noel Reyes from TNW 2. The team went on to become the champions of the whole season of team competition.
Ultimately, Jesse's final individual race record within the two seasons of team competition was 10-0.
|8||24||Failed Jumping Spider (First Stage)|
|9||23||Failed Flying Squirrel (First Stage)|
|10||32||Failed Twist & Fly (First Stage)||Last female competitor standing.|
|11||Failed Twist & Fly (First Stage)||Last female competitor standing.|