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Hers Girl: Jessie Graff

The history-making superhero star from "American Ninja Warrior" dishes on why she trains to failure and never, ever gives up on her dreams.


Photo Credit: The Riker Brothers

BORN THIS WAY
“Growing up in New York, my mom was a Broadway dancer so I took her classes, and my parents found me a circus gymnastics class at age 6. Competitive gymnastics was my life from 12 to 17, and then through high school and college I was a pole vaulter, winning nationals and getting a scholarship to the University of Nebraska. Later I started taekwondo and kung fu.”

SEE ALSO: Watch Jessie Graff Destroy This Ninja Warrior Track

MAKE HER-STORY
In September, Graff became the first woman to pass Stage 1 in ANW national finals.

NEEDS NO STUNT DOUBLE
“I’ve been a stuntwoman for 10 years. My favorite stunts are being up high and swinging on pendulums. It’s incredible that I get to fly off buildings as my job! Fight scenes are the most mentally entertaining, though.”

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