Jessica Long

Swimming

Long
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012
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Sport: Para Swimming
Height: 5'9”
Weight: 145
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (100m breast, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m IM, 400m freestyle), silver (100m backstroke, 4x100m freestyle relay), bronze (4x100m medley
  • 2008 Paralympic Games: Four gold medals, silver medal, bronze medal
  • 2004 Paralympic Games: Three gold medals
Career Highlights:
  • Currently holds 20 World Records
  • Winner of 77th AAU James E. Sullivan Award
  • Two time (2007, 2012) recipient of the ESPN Best Female Athlete with a Disability
    ESPY Award
  • Twice (2006, 2011) named Disabled Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World
    magazine
  • USA Swimming’s Disability Swimmer of the Year (2007)
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympian of the Year (2006)
  • Named to Sports Illustrated’s “The World’s Best Female Athletes”
  • 2012: Seven gold medals - U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials
  • 2011: Nine gold medals - Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, Edmonton,
    Canada
  • 2010: Seven gold medals, two silver medals - Swimming World Championships,
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • 2010: Six gold medals – National Championships, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2009: Four gold medals, four silver medals - Swimming World Championships, Rio de
    Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2008: Four gold medals, silver medal, bronze medal - Paralympic Games, Beijing,
    China
  • 2006: Nine gold medals – Swimming World Championships, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004: Three gold medals - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece

Fun Facts: Daughter of Steve & Beth Long. Has five siblings (Amanda, Steven, Joshua, Hannah, Grace). Grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but originally from Siberia. Adopted from Russianorphanage when 13 months old. Born with fibular hemimelia; didn’t have fibulas, ankles, heels, and most of the other bones in her feet. At 18 months old, her legs were amputated below the knees so she could be fitted for prosthetic legs and learn how to walk. She has been involved in many sports including gymnastics, basketball, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, running, and rock climbing. She learned how to swim in her grandparents’ pool where she would spend hours pretending she was a mermaid. Joined first competitive swim team at 10 years old. First international competition was the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. At 12 years old, was the youngest athlete on the US Paralympic Swim Team.

Learn more: 
US Para Swimming