AMERICAN ninja warrior Jessie Graff returns for the 14th season of the competitive reality show.
Her return comes a year after she announced she was injured and would not be competing in season 13.
Who is Jessie Graff?
Jessie Graff has competed in American Ninja Warrior since season 10 when she joined the competition in Miami, Florida.
In the first stage of her inaugural season, Graff went head-to-head with the other contenders and, with a rally win, became the first woman to complete the stage in American Ninja Warrior history.
She reached the second tier of American Ninja Warrior: USA vs The World and once again stunned viewers by becoming the first woman to finish that round.
Graff’s road to stardom came in a moment of redemption after she fell at the Snake Run and her teammates gave her a second chance.
“It was so devastating,” she said in a 2017 interview with Paste Magazine.
“It was my chance as a woman to show that we can compete against men at international level.”
But her teammates didn’t let her down and instead asked her if she was ready to go back outside and compete in stage two.
“I have so much appreciation and gratitude for being able to try again right away,” Graff said.
“My teammates gave me this chance, but also trusted that I was capable – that I would come back from it.
“Having a chance for instant redemption is so rare with Nina Warrior.”
Despite her success in the years following her first storied win on American Ninja Warrior, Graff’s accomplishments extend beyond the Challenge course.
When not training or competing, Graff works as a stunt double on film sets, including the huge 2020 blockbuster, Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot.
She announced her involvement in the film with an Instagram post in December 2020 alongside a photo of her from a scene in the film.
It’s these achievements that make Graff feel like she’s making a difference in the lives of young women.
She said women and little girls have told her she has changed the way she sees herself and life.
One memory that stuck in her mind was a message she received from a young girl on Instagram.
“This little girl sent me a message on Instagram and said, ‘I love doing gymnastics and swimming, but my friends told me it wasn’t cool to have muscles, so I stopped doing those things. But now that I’ve watched you, I think muscles are cool and I’m doing everything again,” Graff told American Ninja Warrior Nation.
“This is the most heartwarming thing ever,” she added. “Knowing that a kid was on the verge of losing their confidence and feeling like they couldn’t do what they love because of the appearance of it, and now they have that freedom and that confidence to do that what it loves.”
What happened to Jessie Graff?
Graff was injured in Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior when she fell on the third obstacle on the final course.
After her fall, she required surgery on her knee and shoulder and has been documenting her progress on social media.
The rehabilitation required to bring her back to 100 percent forced her to sit out season 13’s competition.
In February 2021, Graff released a video of her progress and announced that she would not be competing in the upcoming season.
“Part of me keeps trying to calculate if I can recover in time, but the reality is I won’t be fully healthy for a few months after qualifying,” she wrote.
“This time I’m being smart and responsible so I can heal fully and come back stronger than ever! This is only the first half of the song (and story).
“But I’m so grateful for all the ways this hiatus has inspired me to learn and grow! I’m so excited to see where this is all going.”
Where can I watch American Ninja Warrior?
A sneak peek at American Ninja Warrior season 14 appears to see Graff as he once again competes in a series of intense obstacles.
Those who want to tune in can do so on June 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Viewers can also stream the show on fuboTV, Peacock and NBC’s live streaming service.
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