Jessie Graff

Jessie Graff | American Ninja Warrior Profile, History & Video Highlights

Jessie Graff’s American Ninja Warrior Profile. Details of all their past runs on ANW, video clips on the course, training gym, age, height, a history of which seasons they have competed on, which obstacles they have previously attempted, UNAA & NNL local competition results, and more!


Jessie Graff holds a black belt in Taekwondo, black sash in Kung Fu, and also trained in five other martial arts. Her stuntwoman credits are extensive and include quite a few superhero movies. She travels to give speeches and presentations and works to show how you can still be beautiful and strong. She wears superhero costumes on the American Ninja Warrior course to help inspire the children who watch her compete.

Jessie Graff’s impressive list of accomplishments includes several on the American Ninja Warrior course. Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff was the first woman to complete Stage 1 in Las Vegas. She is also the first woman to finish Stage 2 in Las Vegas as part of the USA vs. World competition, with no time restrictions, as well as being the first woman to represent the USA in that competition. During Sasuke 34, Jessie Graff earned another first by completing Stage 2, the first woman to ever do so. Jessie Graff also competed in Ninja vs. Ninja twice as captain for G-Force, in Season 1 she was the only female captain in the competition.


Jessie Graff’s runs on the American Ninja Warrior course & ANW Competition History

American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs Ninja & Team Ninja Warrior Competition History

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Show/Season/Episode Match Type Matchup Match Status Match Winner Video
ANW Team Ninja Warrior – Season 2 (2017) – Qualifying Week 3 Qualifying Knockout G-Force vs Superhero Squad Lost Superhero Squad
ANW Team Ninja Warrior – Season 2 (2017) – Qualifying Week 3 Qualifying Prelim G-Force vs Average JoJo’s Win G-Force

American Ninja Warrior Video Clips & Highlights of Jessie Graff competing on ANW

Here you can watch videos & highlights of every course run that Jessie Graff has done on American Ninja Warrior (ANW)

Season 11 (2019) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Las Vegas Finals – Stage 1 course run

Season 11 (2019) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Seattle, Washington City Finals course run

Season 11 (2019) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Seattle, Washington City Qualifiers course run

Season 10 (2018) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Miami, Florida City Finals course run

Season 10 (2018) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Miami, Florida City Qualifiers course run

Season 9 (2017) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Las Vegas Finals – Stage 1 course run

Season 9 (2017) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Daytona Beach, Florida City Finals course run

Season 9 (2017) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Daytona Beach, Florida City Qualifiers course run

Season 8 (2016) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Las Vegas Finals – Stage 2 course run

Season 8 (2016) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Las Vegas Finals – Stage 1 course run

Season 8 (2016) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Los Angeles, California City Finals course run

Season 8 (2016) ANW American Ninja Warrior video clip & highlight of Jessie Graff’s Los Angeles, California City Qualifiers course run

Local Ninja Warrior (National Ninja League, NNL, Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association, UNAA, Wolfpack Ninjas, etc) Competition History

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Becoming A Ninja Warrior

On American Ninja Warrior, contestants take on obstacle courses. They jump from trampolines to dangling ropes, and try other challenges that seem to have been dreamed up by a 12 year old hopped up on Pixy Stix with an unlimited construction budget.

Men and women compete against each other on the same courses. Jessie heard about the show from one of her former roommates. She doubted she’d be very good at it, but she figured it’d be fun — and maybe good publicity for her stunt career.

Turns out the skills Jessie Graff had honed in her quest to become a warrior princess made her a great ninja warrior.

In 2015 — the seventh season of the show — Jessie was one of the few women to make the national finals in Las Vegas.

There, finalists try to finish four stages of obstacles. Out of the hundreds of competitors in the show’s history, only two have ever completed all four – and most fail on Stage 1.

When Jessie lined up for Season 7, no woman in the history of the show had completed the first stage.

Jessie took her turn. She got off to a great start, passing the Propeller Bar, the Silk Slider and the Jumping Spider.

Then she reached the Warped Wall, one of the toughest obstacles. To get past it, you have to run up a nearly vertical ramp, grab hold of the top ledge, and pull yourself up. Think running up the side of an empty swimming pool — only the pool is 14 feet deep.

Just like when she tried to vault herself to the Olympics, Jessie Graff was a couple inches short. And for a 7th year, Stage 2 of American Ninja Warrior began without a woman.

Making History

The next year, Jessie Graff was one of 18 women in Las Vegas for the national finals. All the others failed on the first stage.

Jessie Graff was the first woman to complete Stage 1 of American Ninja Warrior. (Courtesy of Danielle Lenniger)

“I was the last woman in the order, so before I went, all that information was in there,” Jessie says. “All of that pressure of, like, if you don’t trip on something, you’re going to make history and your life is going to change.”

Once again, Jessie started out strong, getting past the first five obstacles. Then she was back at the Warped Wall.

She paused. And then she took her run at the wall.

“As I was running up the wall, I realized that I had killed too much momentum and I wasn’t going to make it, and so I just, like — I was reaching up with my right hand and I feel like I almost shoved it out of its socket to get an extra inch,” Jessie says. “But I got it.

Jessie managed the Broken Bridge and the Flying Squirrel and then …

A Hero Is Born

Since her success on American Ninja Warrior, Jessie has stayed busy as a stunt double. She’s worked on the TV shows Supergirl and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And she’s also been getting plenty of messages on social media. Women write to say that she’s inspired them to get stronger or healthier.

And parents send her videos of their young daughters doing pull ups or climbing obstacles.

In many of those videos, the girls are dressed in the same Wonder Woman skirt that Jessie has worn on American Ninja Warrior. Some have even done their hair in a high pony tail to look like Jessie.

“I mean, I always wanted to play a hero. But I don’t know that it ever really occurred to me that I could just be a hero to people as myself,” Jessie says. “And that’s really a dream come true — I mean, beyond the dreams that I had for myself. It’s amazing.”

How American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff Trains Her Upper Body

The healthiest people you know would probably all say the same thing when asked, “Where do you find the motivation to work out and eat healthy?” Their answer: “It’s a lifestyle.”

Turns out, that’s the secret to being the most badass female American Ninja Warrior too. Yep, we’re talking about Jessie Graff, arguably the most beloved lady out on the ninja warrior course. Not only does she make insanely difficult obstacles (like the Warped Wall, Ring Swing, and Salmon Ladder) look easy, but her display of athleticism is on par with (and better than) most of the men who show up, despite the disadvantage of having less natural upper-body strength.

To be fair, she’s been superfit all her life: As a former gymnast, college pole vaulter, and current stuntwoman (she’s been in everything from The Dark Knight and Transformers to Bridesmaids), being agile and strong is her bread and butter. She set a record in June 2016 during the Los Angeles ANW qualifier when she became the first woman to make it up the fourteen-and-a-half-foot Warped Wall in a Wonder Woman costume. And now she’s back, advancing through the latest season like it ain’t no thang. (Catch her this season on Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.)

But how, exactly, does she train to be the “Modern Day Wonder Woman”? Repeat: It’s a lifestyle. Graff relies on a few key movements in the gym, but most of her other training comes from rock climbing and doing grip strength drills around at home. (So when you’d be sitting around watching American Ninja Warrior, she’s doing laps around her living room on homemade grip challenges, like pegboards and hanging balls and nunchucks, which all dangle from the ceiling and walls in her home.) If you want to tap into your own ninja skills without drilling holes into your ceiling, try some of her go-to gym-friendly moves below.

1. Pull-ups, pull-ups, and more pull-ups.

“When I first started working on pull-ups and my upper-body strength, I was doing three sets of each: regular shoulder-width pull-ups, narrow grip, and super wide,” says Graff. As she continued her training and pull-ups became kind of boring, she started rock climbing instead. (Still need to master the basics? Here are the ultimate progressions for mastering a pull-up.)

On a grip strength training day, Graff says she’ll usually bang out a max set of pull-ups (doing as many as she can in a row, because it’s a great way to measure progress from week to week), bike to the gym to do recovery work (rolling on a lacrosse ball) and specific muscle group exercises (like rotator cuff injury prevention exercises), and then go rock climbing for a few hours until she can’t climb anymore.

But don’t be fooled. Those pull-up sets aren’t easy, even when you’re that strong. Graff says the key to building that kind of strength (and prepping for the ANW course) is pushing until the very last bit of grip is lost from her fingers: “If I get to that point where I’m trembling and shaking to get that last rep-but it’s three more than last time-it gives me that extra incentive to hang on the bar longer and shake out my arms until I’m ready to do more rep… It’s going to that total burnout place where I’m hanging until I can recover and continue to do that until my fingers peel off the bar. It’s not when I choose to let go of it, it’s when I can’t help but drop onto my feet.” (Here’s a full workout to help you increase your grip strength.)

2. Lat pull-downs.

When wide-grip pull-ups began hurting her shoulder, Graff started swapping in wide-grip lat pull-downs instead. Now that’ she’s working on a single-arm pull-up, she’s added single-arm lat pull-downs to her training too. (Bonus: Lat pull-downs help you work on your grip strength without being airborne. And, FYI, it’s important to have good grip strength no matter your fitness goals.)

3. Negative pull-up holds.

Even Queen Ninja Warrior herself hits workout plateaus. When she gets stuck on her max number of pull-ups for a few weeks, she focuses on finding the weakest link by going slow-mo. ” I try to do the slowest pull-up possible,” she says. “I’ve made it to a two-minute pull-up. When you go that slow, you’re getting that same burnout in every single centimeter of your range of motion, so it helps you find your weak spots.”

If even a basic pull-up seems insane…

“My mom started upper-body work for the first time when she was 63,” says Graff. It took her over a year to get her first clean, strict-form pull-up. “It’s much slower when you’re an adult, but it still works if you’re persistent.”

Graff helped coach her mom through mastering the pull-up with modified negative pull-ups (jump up so your chin is over the bar, then lower yourself as slowly as possible), pull-ups with the help of resistance bands, and with one foot on a chair (try to help yourself as little as possible). (That’s not all. Here are eight easier pull-up alternatives.)

You might be thinking: I’m not a ninja, I don’t need to do one. Stop thinking of it as a specialty exercise, and start thinking of it as a crucial bodyweight movement.

“I feel like it’s an important life skill,” says Graff. “Like if you fell off some sort of ledge and were hanging by your fingers. I see this in movies all the time. Being in that position means you’re going to die unless someone pulls you over the edge. But if you can do a pull-up then it’s not a problem. It just feels like something you should do to prepare, just in case you ever find yourself in that position… You’re going to really wish you’d done pull-ups!”

And now you have zero excuse: Graff shared her entire beginner pull-up workout right here:

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Jessie Graff Relationship Status: Husband Or Casually Dating Partner?

Quick Summary

Date of Birth

January 12 ,1984


36 Years 0 Month(s)



Birth Place

New York, New York, United States





Relationship Status



Not Yet



Net Worth

Not Disclosed






Tom Graff


Ginny MacColl

High School

Urbana High School


Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Nebraska

Height/ How Tall?

5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)


57 kg (126 lbs)

Feet (Shoe) Size

8 (US)



Hair Color


Eye Color


Body Measurements

37-27-36 in




Not Yet

American stunt-woman Jessie Graff has often been asserted as a lesbian because of her confined relationship status. But with her possible husband-to-be, has she removed the lesbian tag?

The New York native earned her recognition for her athletic achievements on the sports entertainment competition, American Ninja Warrior. In 2016, she became the first woman to ever complete stage 1 in the American Ninja Warrior Las Vegas national finals and the second woman to conquer the Stage 1 of the Sasuke franchise worldwide.

Brilliant Performance: Jessie Graff performs on American Ninja Warrior finals held in Miami in 2018 (Photo: Jessie Graff’s Instagram)

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Jessie attended the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards and walked the red carpet posing with one of her signature high kicks. She also presented Creative Arts at the Emmy Awards in 2017.

Jessie Graff’s Bio; Started Stunt Work In 2007

Born on 12th January 1984, Jessie earned her graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2007.

After the graduation, Jessie started her stunt work in 2007 appearing in various television shows and movies, that includes X-Men: First Class, Make It or Break It, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, and Sons of Anarchy.

In 2008, she took part in the 1st season of the game show series, Wipeout on its tenth episode and finished second in the qualifier round. She started to compete in the fifth season of American Ninja Warrior in 2013.

As of 2018, she has been the regular contestant of the show and even worked as a stuntwoman on the superhero film, Wonder Woman 1984.

Jessie Graff’s Relationship Status; Married To Furtive Husband?

The professional life of Jessie is clear as crystal, but her relationship status is still a mystery to her fans and followers.

She has not flaunted her dating status to the media to the date, and neither gave a clue whether she is married or is in a relationship with her possible boyfriend-like partner.

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However, some of her followers professed the American Ninja Warrior competitor, Drew Drechsel as her possible boyfriend. They even questioned Drew whether they are boyfriend and girlfriend or not.

Replying to the interrogation, Drew stated that Jessie has a husband and he has a girlfriend.

With that being said, it was cleared that Jessie and Drew were not in a relationship. But what stuck more than that was, when Drew revealed that Jessie has a husband.

It shocked Jessie’s fans and followers around the world and seemed like Jessie is secretly married keeping the identity of her husband as a mystery.

Uncanny Married Life Makes Jessie Graff Lesbian?

The obscure personal life of Jessie often shimmers the lesbian rumors around her. As she has not given a clue about her love interest on the opposites sex, she has been avowed as a lesbian couple of times.

Nevertheless, Jessie has not come out as a lesbian nor addressed such rumors through the media or social sites.

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However, it might be inaccurate to assume her as a lesbian because there is a high chance that she might have a furtive husband at the age of 34

Her full name is Jessica Lauren Jessie Graff and she is famous for being a stuntwoman as well as a TV personality. A nickname under which a lot of people know her is Tumbleweed. Through years of training she acquired a black belt in Taekwondo and she has won a Black Sash in Kung Fu.

She has had training in 5 different martial arts. She has also competed as a gymnast as well as a pole vaulter. She has gained a lot of popularity because of her achievements in the TV show American ninja warrior in 2016. If you are interested in learning more about Jessie Graff keep reading the text!

Personal Life

Jessie Graff was born in New York City on February 12th 1984. Her mother is Ginny MacColl and when she turned 6 years old she was enrolled in circus classes. Wen she turned nine years old she started taking gymnast classes and attended competitions in the next six years.

She became a trapeze artist at 12 years old. During high school she competed in pole vaulting. She graduated in 2002. She also has a major in Aerospace engeneering. She has black belts in both Kung Fu and Taekwondo.

Currently, Jessie is not married. She tried getting into the olimpics but didn’t end up making it in the end. She is a big supporter of women empowerment and believes women can achieve anything they set they’re mind to.


In 2007 she started her career in stunts and became a stuntwoman. She has since appeared in many TV shows and movies. One of the movies she worked on was Wonder woman. She is also one of the best in pole vaulting in The United States of America. She gave her CV to her mother’s agent on accident and that how she became a stuntwoman. She is now a high profile stuntwoman.

Jessie Graff Net Worth

Jessie Graff net worth is estimated to about $3 million all of which she has earned by being a stuntwoman in big movies. She has set multiple records in her career and that is the reason she has acquired so much wealth at such a young age. Because of her impressive athlete abilities she also gained a lot of popularity while she was still in high school. She has won many awards and will surely win many more in the future.

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Jessie Graff Biography – Jessie Graff Wiki & Wikipedia

Jessie Graff born Jessica Lauren Graff, is an American professional stunt woman and television personality.

Graff has been an athlete since she was young. At age six, she began taking circus classes. Three years later, she turned to gymnastics.

Jessie never planned on making fitness and stunt work her career. According to ESPN, Graff told her mother she wanted to be an actress when she was younger, and her mother told her to go into the Olympics because “it’s easier to get into show business that way.”

Graff has a blackbelt in Taekwondo, a black sash in Kung Fu, and is trained in five other styles of martial arts. She has appeared as a stunt double on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Supergirl, Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars, and more.

According to ESPN, Graff won six Maryland State championships for pole vaulting, the 2001 Young Women’s AAU Junior Olympic Nationals, and placed fifth at the US Junior National Championships in 2002. She held her high school’s record for eight years. Graff hoped to make it to the Olympics, and came within an inch and a half of qualifying for the Olympic trials.

Graff graduated from Urbana High School in Frederick, Maryland in 2002. She earned a scholarship to Georgia Institute of Technology for pole vaulting where she majored in aerospace engineering. After one year, she transferred to Nebraska to study theater and acting.

After graduating, Jessie moved to LA to pursue an acting career, which led to a meeting with her mother’s agent. The agent reportedly looked at her resume, which Jessie, coincidentally, had made for the circus in high school, and said she should be a stunt woman.

Jessie is the second woman to ever reach ANW’s Las Vegas finals course, and the first woman to complete stage one of the Sasuke course.

Jessie Graff Age

She was born on January 12, 1984 in New York City, New York, United States as Jessica Lauren Graff.

Jessie Graff Family

Graff was born to Tom Graff (father) and Ginny MacColl (mother). Her father teaches middle school drama, and her mother is a dancer and actor.

Jessie Graff Height

Graff stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Jessie Graff Net Worth

Graff has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

Jessie Graff Nationality

She is of American nationality.

Jessie Graff Husband – Jessie Graff Partner

Little is known about her dating and/or marriage life.

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