Jessica Long

Swimming

Name: Jessica Long
Classification: S8/SB7/SM8
Height: 5-9
Weight: 145
DOB: 2/29/92
Birthplace: Bratsk, Russia
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Paralympic Experience:
  • Three-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012); 17-time Paralympic Medalist (12 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (100-meter breaststroke , 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle), silver (100-meter backstroke, 4x100-meter freestyle relay), bronze (4x100-meter medley)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle), silver (100-meter backstroke), bronze (100-meter breaststroke)
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, gold (100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle)
Career Highlights:
  • 2015: CamAms, WR (400-meter free); IPC Swimming World Championships, gold (100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter IM, 400-meter freestyle), silver (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay 34 pts.) 
  • 2014: Spring Nationals/CanAms, 1st (100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle)

  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming CanAms, 1st (100-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley- 2:38.11, 400-meter Free- 4:43.42); IPC Swimming World Championships, Montreal, Canada, 1st (200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly), 2nd (100-meter freestyle), 3rd (400-meter freestyle relay); Recipient of the ESPN Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award
  • 2011: Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, Edmonton, Canada, 1st (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley, 34pts 4×100-meter freestyle relay, 34pts 4×100-meter medley relay); Can-Am Open Swimming Championship, La Mirada, California, 1st (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley)
  • 2010: IPC Swimming World Championships, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1st (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter medley relay), 2nd (100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle); CanAm National Championships, San Antonio, Texas, 1st (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter breaststroke)
  • 2009: IPC Swimming World Championships (short course), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1st (100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly), 2nd (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley, 34 pts 4×100-meter freestyle relay); Spring Can-Am Championships, Gresham, Oregon, 1st (100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle) 
  • 2006: Swimming World Championships, Durban, South Africa, 1st (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter free relay, 400-meter medley relay)

Personal: 
Jessica Long grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but she is originally from Siberia. When she was only 13 months old, Long was adopted from a Russian orphanage. Born with fibular hemimelia, Long 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. Long learned how to swim in her grandparents’ pool where she would spend hours pretending she was a mermaid. 

She joined her first competitive swim team at 10 years old and competed in her first international competition at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. At 12 years old, she was the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team.

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