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Inside Jessie Graff's Return to American Ninja Warrior

The fan-favorite Ninja is back after multiple surgeries. 

By Christopher Rosa

The social media rumors were true: After surgeries kept her out of the game, Jessie Graff returned to American Ninja Warrior in Season 14, Episode 2. And while she didn't make it to the Semi-Finals, her run was still exhilarating for fans. Let's break down exactly what happened. 

Starting with: What happened to Jessie Graff after Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior

How to Watch

Watch American Ninja Warrior Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.

Graff made her ANW debut all the way back in Season 5, and the stuntwoman's made history since then. She was the first woman to complete Stage 2 of American Ninja Warrior: USA vs The World, and she's left her mark on every season she's competed on the show. But her run halted at the end of Season 12 because of injuries that required multiple surgeries. She took Season 13 off to rest and recuperate, and by Season 14 she was ready to get back in the game. 

How did Jessie Graff do in Season 14 of American Ninja Warrior

The Hosts called Graff the "real-life Wonder Woman" as she started the Qualifying course on June 13th's episode, and that's certainly an understatement. She powered through the first two courses like a superhero, but she stumbled on Serpent—which was surprising because as the Hosts noted, "Balance obstacles have always been a strength for her. In seven seasons, she's never fallen on one." 

Graff was surprised, too. "That's so silly," she told the cameras. "But it happens to everyone. That's my first balance fail—on the year you least expect it."

Fail is not the word we'd use to describe Graff's run. After enduring so much physical pain, she came back stronger than ever—and that's a win worth 100 Mega Walls. 

American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch episodes the next day on Peacock. 

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