The Greatest Female Players in Challenge History: #17 — Jonna Mannion

Michael Alvey
4 min readJul 19, 2022

9 Seasons: Rivals, Battle of the Seasons, Rivals II, Free Agents, Battle of the Exes II, All Stars (3rd place), All Stars 2 (Win), All Stars 3 (Win), World Championship

4–5 Elimination Record

13 Challenge Wins

Daily Challenges: 7.5/10

Eliminations: 7/10

Finals: 8.5/10

Politics: 7/10

Nobody’s legacy (and bank account) has benefitted more from the spinoff seasons than Jonna’s.

Jonna’s time on the flagship show can best be described as mediocre. Her best season was probably her first on Rivals, where she pulled the upset over the cocky self-proclaimed puzzle master Sarah. She and Jasmine reached the final female elimination before losing to Laurel/Cara Maria.

Her Cancun team looked to be one of the favorites on Battle of the Seasons, as they won two of the first four missions. But they took a big blow when Jonna refused to step up and let Jasmine go into Hall Brawl, resulting in her and CJ getting eliminated.

Jonna again made it to the final elimination, where her and Derek lost in Knot So Fast to Frank and Ashley.

On Rivals II, she was paired with Nany. The duo didn’t do much to impress, going 0/8 in missions and losing to Cooke and Cara in the Snapper elimination.

Jonna was able to take out her Real World: Cancun roommate Emilee in the second elimination of Free Agents, but she lost that same elimination game (Wrecking Wall) to Aneesa midway through the season.

Jonna spent Battle of the Exes II getting berated by Zach despite performing solidly (with the exception of her horrible performance in the Don’t Forget About Me mini-final). Ultimately, she and Zach lost the Hammer it Home elimination to Jordan/Sarah, then were sent home for good after losing the final exile to Bananas/Nany.

Jonna was a fairly surprising pick to return on All Stars, but she came back as a different person and competitor. She didn’t do much throughout the season on All Stars, laying low and skating to the final without seeing an elimination. But she had an impressive final, winning the first two stages and…