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.