One of the top competitors on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” Jessie Graff is quickly becoming known as a modern-day Wonder Woman, breaking stereotypes as she continues to break records.
Graff was a national sensation in 2016 when she became the first woman to complete stage 1 in the “American Ninja Warrior” Las Vegas national finals. She’s the first woman to clear Stage 2 in both “American Ninja Warrior” and “Sasuke” (the original Japanese Ninja Warrior). Known for her superhero outfits and continued history of breaking records, she has ranked among the top six overall competitors in all of the past five regional competitions, making her the only woman to qualify among the men for national finals five years in a row.
Graff attributes much of her success on the seemingly impossible obstacles of “American Ninja Warrior” to her decade-long career in stunts. Awarded the Action Icon Award for Stuntwoman of the Year, her credits include “Wonder Woman,” “Bright,” “G.I. Joe,” “Transformers,” “Die Hard” and “The Dark Knight” as well as being a recurring double on “Supergirl,” “Futureman,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Leverage” and many more.
Graff has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu, with extensive training in countless other styles of martial arts, high falls, wipeouts, sky diving, motorcycles, stunt driving, fire, wirework and flying trapeze. Graff also broke the pole-vault record at Georgia Tech (where she majored in aerospace engineering) and the University of Nebraska (where she earned her degree in theater) and was 1.5 inches away from qualifying for the 2004 Olympic trials in the sport.