Look! It’s a bird … it’s a plane …. no, it’s Supergirl!
Did you get a chance to see THE ultimate athlete, Jessie Graff, make history on the August 29th episode of the NBC show American Ninja Warrior? Jessie became the first woman ever to complete Stage 1 in the National Finals in Las Vegas – and she did it all while wearing a feisty green Superhero outfit! #badass
Graff, a 32-year-old former pole vaulter, had 2 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the challenging obstacle course. She powered through with laser focus and determination and hit the finish buzzer with 12.39 seconds to spare. The crowd and the announcers went wild! She placed fourth out of eight finishers in week one of the Stage 1 competition.
If you don’t know about the Ninja course, it’s wicked!! For the National Finals in Las Vegas, the four-staged course has been modeled after the Mount Midoriyama course in Japan. Obstacles like the Giant Log Grip, Propeller Bar, Jumping Spider and Warped Wall are so physically demanding; few make it though and no woman has ever completed Stage 1 in the finals… until Jessie.
Take a moment to check out her incredible course run and then tell me she’s not a badass!
Why the superhero costume? Graff is a stuntwoman on the CW show Supergirl. Her friend makes the outfits – she wore a Wonder Woman costume in an earlier competition which has been such a hit that she plans on selling them on her own website. Her entertainment goals don’t stop with Supergirl, however. Graff has her sights set on being the next Jackie Chan. In the meantime she plans to continue with American Ninja Warrior, which she feels empowers women and her.
“My first year doing Ninja Warrior, I didn’t really know what it was about. After that, when so many people were like, ‘I didn’t know women could do that,’ I thought, ‘Then, we better show you.” The main thing is just testing my limits and seeing how much you can do. Seeing how much you’re capable of.” ~ Jessie Graff
The American Ninja Warrior finals continued on Monday, September 5th on NBC. Among the 32-finalists to compete in week two, 6 are women and they’re hoping to follow in Graff’s footsteps. Graff thinks they can:
As far as being the first woman to do it, there are more women than ever who are fully capable of doing what I did and even more. I’m grateful that it came together for me on the right night and I’m looking forward to seeing more women hit that buzzer in the future.’ ~ Jessie Graff
I’ll be watching and hoping she busts out a goddess outfit for round two. #OhMightyIsis