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Jessie Graff Is a Real-Life Superhero & I Will Not Believe Otherwise

Watching Jessie Graff run an American Ninja Warrior course always feels to me to be the entire experience of Wonder Woman condensed into six or so minutes. It’s an incredible display of physical ability; there’s a surge of pride at the underestimated strength of women; there are compelling side characters (Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are the best, most supportive hosts); and I usually cry at some point.

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This week, Graff ran the Daytona Beach Finals course, and it was no exception to any of the above. Watch the video and trust that Graff will protect us from Trump’s nuclear winter. Probably with her game-changing splits. Definitely while wearing a kick-ass outfit.

You cannot tell me this woman is not a superhero. Just look at the evidence:


In addition to her physical abilities, her costume game is always on point.

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She has a spunky sidekick.

She even has her own merch.

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One of the many things I love about Graff is no matter how many times the commentators point out that she’s the first or only woman to do something (which they do a lot), there’s never a “there can only be one” mentality. She is constantly celebrating her woman peers.

She knows that when one woman does well, it opens doors for so many others.

Over five seasons, the number of women placing in the top 30 competitors has increased nine times over. These women are superheroes and they’re opening the door for other women to realize their own incredible, superhuman potential.

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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