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 and breaking news phenomenon in 2016 when she became the first woman to complete Stage 1 in the American Ninja Warrior Las Vegas National Finals. She is 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 recurring as a double on Supergirl, Future Man, 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, skydiving, 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.