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Born Name: Jessica Lauren Graff
Date of Birth: January 12, 1984
Place of Birth: New York, New York, United States
Height: 1.73 m
Occupation: Stunt woman, television personality
Education: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Georgia Institute of Technology
Parents: Ginny MacColl, Tom Graff
Jessica Lauren "Jessie" Graff (born January 12, 1984) is a professional stunt woman and athletics-based television personality. She is a black belt in Taekwondo, a black sash in Kung Fu, and is trained in five other styles of martial arts. She is also a championship pole vaulter and a competitive gymnast.
Graff has become well known for her athletic achievements on the obstacle course show American Ninja Warrior, including in 2016 becoming the first woman ever to complete Stage 1 of the Las Vegas Finals course and only the second woman ever to conquer the Stage 1 of the Sasuke franchise worldwide (excluding Kunoichi), after Chie Tanabe in SASUKE 2. In 2017, Graff became the first woman to compete in, and to successfully finish, Stage 2 in Las Vegas, although this was part of the USA vs. The World competition instead of a regular season, and that had no time requirement. She was the first woman representing the United States in that competition. Later on in Sasuke 34, she became the first and so far the only woman worldwide to finish Stage 2 in the Sasuke/Ninja Warrior franchise, only defeated by Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger later in Stage 3.
Jessie Graff was born to Ginny MacColl on January 12, 1984.
At age 6, Graff started taking circus classes. She started doing gymnastics at age 9 and did competitive gymnastics for 6 years. She was a member of the Frederick Gymnastic Club for 6 years. By age 12 she was catching other performers on the trapeze. She has stated about her time as a 12-year-old trapeze artist, "The rule was I wasn’t allowed to catch anyone who outweighed me by more than 20 pounds."
Graff was a pole vaulter in high school, and graduated in 2002 from Urbana High School, Frederick, Maryland, as a Track Team Leader, honor roll student, and member of the National Honor Society.
She majored in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, and theatre at the University of Nebraska. She graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2007.
She has earned black belts in Taekwondo and Kung Fu.
In 2020, she received stem cell treatment for her injured shoulders and neck. This had expected to interfere with American Ninja Warrior (season 12), and The Titan Games season 2, though that eventuality did not come to pass. She did TG2 without issue, and entered ANW12 filming. ANW12 filming was interrupted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, giving her recovery time from her medical treatment.
On her Instagram Live on April 12th, 2020. Graff announced that she was married. However, she revealed nothing else about her spouse.
Collegiate sports career
Graff is 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall. In 2004, she set her personal best (PB) in the 5000m run at 15:56.30; she set her outdoor pole vault PB at 4.17 m (13 ft 8 in); and indoor pole vault PB at 4.20 m (13 ft 9 in). Graff held the pole vault record at Georgia Tech and University of Nebraska.
Graff started doing stunt work in 2007 and has appeared in several television shows and movies, including X-Men: First Class, Make It or Break It, Another Period, Bridesmaids, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, John Carter, Leverage, and Sons of Anarchy.
As a stuntwoman, she has done tumbling on Make It or Break It, trampolined on Another Period and has done many stunts on rooftops, the sides of bridges or buildings and dramatic wipeouts. She has said she continues to learn new skills from other stunt people who specialize in different areas.
As of 2016, her most recent high-profile stunt work has been for the CBS/CW series Supergirl.
In 2018, she worked as a stuntwoman on Wonder Woman 1984.
She has also worked onscreen in her own right outside of stuntwork.
In 2020, she was a Titan Warrior, a host titaness, for the NBC gameshow Dwayne Johnson's The Titan Games, representing the West Region against show contestants.
Obstacle competitor career
Graff was a contestant on the obstacle course show Wipeout's tenth episode of its first season in 2008. In that appearance, she fell in the penultimate round and thus did not make it to the Wipeout Zone.
On season 5 (2013) of American Ninja Warrior she became the first woman to qualify to compete in a City Finals course (although she did not complete the qualifier course).
In season 6 (2014) of American Ninja Warrior she could not compete because she had injured a knee.
In season 7 (2015), she appeared at Stage One in Las Vegas but she could not make it up the Warped Wall.
In season 8, in the Los Angeles qualifying round, she became the first woman in American Ninja Warrior history to make it up the new 14 1/2-foot Warped Wall and moved on to the city finals along with professional rock climber Natalie Duran. This was the first time two women made it into the Top 30. In the Los Angeles city finals, Graff did not complete the course but finished second overall based on the show's "the farthest the fastest" metric. This broke her own record for the highest finish by a woman in a city competition through 2016.
At the season 8 national finals at Mt. Midoriyama, Graff became the first woman to ever complete Stage 1, finishing fourth overall. She was also the first woman to ever ascend the Warped Wall on Stage 1 in Las Vegas. A stop-motion LEGO video inspired by her performance was released soon after her win.
In 2017 she became the first woman to compete in, and to successfully finish, Stage 2 in Las Vegas, although this was part of the USA vs. The World competition instead of a regular season, and had no time requirement. She was the first woman representing the United States in that competition.
In the 2017 regular season, American Ninja Warrior season 9, she fell on the 5th obstacle in the Daytona city qualifier. During the city finals she got past it, then got past all of the back half obstacles until the 10th and final Elevator Climb, which she did not finish. Overall she finished 4th out of all the athletes competing in this city finals. In the National Finals, she fell on the last obstacle of stage 1.
In summer of 2017 she competed in Sasuke 34, the original Japanese version of ANW, as the second woman in the show's history to clear Stage 1 (the first being another stuntwoman, Chie Nishimura of Super Sentai, 19 years beforehand at Sasuke 2.) She also became the first woman ever to clear Stage 2, but failed in Stage 3.
In 2018, for American Ninja Warrior (season 10), she completed the Miami City qualifier course atop the Warped Wall, with a 10th place finish overall for the night. In the Miami city finals she made it to the ninth obstacle, the Stair Hopper, before falling, but it was still far enough fast enough to give her a 5th place finish overall and another trip to Las Vegas. She was ultimately unable to compete at the Las Vegas National Finals due to filming commitments in the Canary Islands for stuntwork on her project, Wonder Woman 1984.
In 2019 Graff returned to Ninja competition, appearing in American Ninja Warrior (season 11), finishing 8th overall. In the city finals, she finished 3rd overall but made it farther into the 9th obstacle than any other competitor. However in the Las Vegas finals, she fell early on Stage 1 when she failed to make the transition halfway through the Double Dipper obstacle (other ninjas had benefited from their experience the previous year with this difficult obstacle, whereas Graff had not that experience due to her Wonder Woman work).
In 2020, Graff came on The Titan Games season 2, as a Titan Warrior and also as a contestant. Her screen duties as a Titan also lead to her being a competitor as well. She had a possibility of not competiting as she had started stem cell treatment of injured shoulders and neck.
Also in 2020, Graff competited in American Ninja Warrior (season 12). She had expected to skip the season due to having stem cell treatment of an injury to her shoulders and neck, but decided to compete anyways, after having survived the Titan Games without issue during treatment. She survived the first filming, but that was interrupted due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which further allowed her to rest and recover from her medical treatment.
- 2003 NCAA Championships indoor pole vault: 16th place – 12 feet 5.5 inches (3.797 m) [with Georgia Tech]
- 2004 Big 12 Championships outdoor pole vault: 2nd place – 13 feet 1.5 inches (4.001 m) [with UNL]
- 2004 NCAA Championships outdoor pole vault: 24th place – 12 feet 3.5 inches (3.747 m) [with UNL]
- 2004 Big 12 Championships indoor pole vault: 4th place – 13 feet 1.5 inches (4.001 m) [with UNL]
- 2004 NCAA Championships indoor pole vault: 11th place – 12 feet 11.5 inches (3.950 m) [with UNL]
- 2008 Wipeout season 1
- 2013 American Ninja Warrior season 5 – first woman to advance to a City Final
- 2015 American Ninja Warrior season 7 – first woman to sit atop the leaderboard at a city finals; first woman to advance to the National Finals
- 2016 Team Ninja Warrior season 1 – team captain of "G-Force"; only female captain
- 2016 American Ninja Warrior season 8 – One of only two competitors to make it past "The Wedge" obstacle at the City Finals, leading to finishing second at the course and top woman; She became the first woman ever to finish the Stage 1 course at the Las Vegas national finals on ANW.
- 2017 American Ninja Warrior, "USA vs. The World" – First woman to compete in, and to successfully finish, Stage 2 in Las Vegas, although this was part of the "USA vs. The World" competition instead of a regular season, and had no time requirement. She was also the first woman representing the United States in that competition.
- 2017 Sasuke 34, No 87 – first and so far the only woman worldwide to finish Stage 2 in Sasuke/Ninja Warrior.
- 2018 American Ninja Warrior season 10 – Finished the Miami Qualifying Course, and was one of only five to make it past the “Crazy Clocks” obstacle in the city finals, finishing fifth overall in that round of competition. She was ultimately unable to compete in the national finals.
- 2019 American Ninja Warrior season 11 – Finished the Seattle-Tacoma Qualifying Course. Made it to the ninth obstacle in the city finals, and placed third overall.
- 2020 “The Titan Games” season 2 – Titan Warrior host titaness playing against competitors, for West Region.
- 2020 American Ninja Warrior season 12 – Started filming, which was then interrupted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, which interrupted filming.
- Spring 2002 All-Met pole vaulter
- 2005 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
- Fall 2003 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- Spring 2004 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- Fall 2004 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- Spring 2005 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- 2004 NCAA Division I Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team
Jessie Graff is sponsored by Under Armour and has her own athletic apparel collection. Her motto with the company is "Unlike Any".
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