Read more about Jessie Graff, who wanted to be a circus performer and an astronaut before she became a pole vaulter, stuntwoman and "American Ninja Warrior." (What have you done, lately?)
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Former Husker pole vaulter and professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, 34, had a tremendous run on the latest episode of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” this week.
Graff finished the course at the “American Ninja Warrior” Miami qualifiers, advancing to the city finals.
Graff, a “Ninja Warrior” veteran, has spent time between seasons of the show working on a top-secret project.
Here’s SB Nation’s account of her run on the most recent episode:
“Jessie zipped through the Floating Steps. She was in perfect control on the Fly Wheels and the panels of the Razor’s Edge didn’t even move as she crossed over. The Ring Turn looked like she designed it. Again on the Slippery Summit, Jessie looked like a master. She became the first woman to beat the obstacle. Then she became the first woman of the season to hit a buzzer!”
In addition to playing herself on “American Ninja Warrior,” Graff has starred (as a stuntwoman) in a series of movies and TV shows.
Her work includes “Wonder Woman,” “Supergirl,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and the upcoming Marvel movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and many more — more than 10 years into the business, she has more than 75 film and TV credits.
Graff lived in New York City until she was 9, when her family moved to the middle of the woods in Pennsylvania, where there were plenty of trees to climb and action sequences to re-enact.
Graff spent her freshman year at Georgia Tech. Graff transferred to University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her sophomore year partly because of the school’s strong track and field program. Graff vaulted the next three years at UNL.