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Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history again

Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history again
Jessie Graff during the American Ninja Warrior the Las Vegas finals. (Photo by David Becker/NBC)

During the first night of American Ninja Warrior finals, Jessie Graff completed stage one of Mt. Midoriyama, the first woman to do so in the show’s eight-year history. She completed the obstacles with 12.39 seconds remaining, making her the fourth-fastest of the eight who actually completed stage one.

“I hope it will show women that feminine is strong—that we can frequently do more than people think we can – sometimes even more than we believe ourselves, if we’re willing to work for it,” she told People.

Jessie, 32, previously set other records:

  • In 2013, during season five, she became the first woman to complete a city finals course.
  • In 2015, during season seven, she “became the first woman to sit atop a city finals leaderboard and the only woman to qualify for the Las Vegas National Finals,” the LA Times reported.
  • Earlier this season, she “finished second in the entire region, breaking her own record for the highest finish by a woman in a city competition,” ESPN reported.
  • Also this season, she became the first woman to successfully scale the new 14.5-foot warped wall obstacle.

Graff is a stunt performer who’s done work on Iron Man 2, X-Men: First Class, Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and many other TV shows and movies.

Watch Jessie’s record-breaking run through stage one and its insane obstacles:

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