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Jessie Graff found opportunity in the midst of an obstacle

When an injury kept her out of season six, she found a way to get stronger.

Jessie Graff’s American Ninja Warrior career started way back in season five. She competed in the Los Angeles region, qualified for the City Finals, and received a wildcard to the National Finals, making it to the Jumping Spider.

But then fans wouldn’t see her again until season seven, when she returned with a vengeance to qualify for the National Finals.

So what happened during season six? As Jessie details in the video above for Self.Com, she was nursing a serious knee injury. And it just might have helped to turn her into the endlessly talented Ninja we watch compete today.