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Jaleesa Himka “Ninjaleesa”

Favorite Quote: “You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” -Michael Phelps

Seasons of ANW: I was on American Ninja Warrior Junior Season 1 and American Ninja Warrior Seasons 15 & 16.

Proudest Ninja Accomplishment: My proudest ninja accomplishment was probably back in August of 2022 when I got the opportunity to race the ninja legend, Jessie Graff, and ended up beating her in a side-by-side race. This was very significant to me because I grew up admiring her and watching her on tv, and to get the chance to race her side-by-side was incredible. She’s such a cool lady!

About me: My name is Jaleesa Himka, I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado, I’m 15 years old, and I’m a sophomore in high school. I started ninja at the age of 6 when my mom would run Ninja Warrior camps for kids, and I immediately excelled at the sport at a fast pace. I did my first ninja competition when I was 9 years old and ended up placing high amongst mainly adults, and have been training hard ever since then. Not only do I do ninja, but I also play varsity basketball, soccer, and Obstacle Course Racing. Back in September of 2021 and 2022, my mom and I competed in OCR World Championships, and I ended up winning first place in every event that I competed in, 2 years in a row. When I’m not doing ninja, I enjoy biking, running, exploring, skiing, being in the sun, and the ocean, listening to music, baking, cooking, and hanging out with friends.