Name: Jessica Long
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m IM
Classification: S8, SB7, SM8
Height: 5-9
Weight: 145
DOB: 2/29/1992
Birthplace: Irkutsk, IRK
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Homeschooled
Team/Club: North Baltimore Aquatic Club
Coach(es): Erik Posegay
Paralympic Experience
  • Four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016); 23-time medalist (13 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze); Second-most decorated Paralympian in U.S. history.
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (200 individual medley), silver (400m free, 100m breast, 4x100 34 pt. free relay), bronze (100m fly, 100m back)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (400m free, 100m free, 100m breast, 100m fly, 200m IM), silver (100m back, 34 pt. 4x100m free), bronze (34 pt. 4x100m medley), 5th (50m free)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (400m free, 100m free, 100m fly, 200m IM), silver (100m back), bronze (100m breast), 6th (50m free)
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, gold (400m free, 100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m free), 5th (50m free)
  • Enters Rio currently holding 14 world records (S8 200m free – 2:18.42, S8 400m free – 4:40.44, S8 800m free – 9:45.08, S8 1500m free – 19:03.34, S8 200m back – 2:53.27, SB7 100m breast – 1:28.53, S8 200 fly – 2:36.50, SM8 200m IM – 2:36.00, SM8 400m IM – 5:38.73, S8 200m (SC) free – 2:20.17, S8 400m (SC) free – 4:46.56, SB7 50m (SC) breast – 41.35, SB7 100m (SC) breast – 1:26.85, S8 100m (SC) fly – 1:12.24)
  • Joins Rudy Garcia-Tolson and Cody Bureau as the only members of the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team to compete in four Paralympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – gold (400m free, 100m breast, 100m fly, 200m IM,), silver (100m free, 100m back, 34 pt. 4x100m free), 4th (50m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley)
  • Years of Participation: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
  • Medals: 38 (27 gold, 10 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2006 (50m free, 100m free, 400m free, 100m back, 100m breast, 100m fly, 200m IM, 34 pt. 4x100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley), 2009 (100m breast, 100m fly, 100m free, 400m free), 2010 (100m back, 200m IM, 34 pt. 4x100m free, 400m free, 100m fly, 100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley), 2013 (200m IM, 400m free, 100m fly), 2015 (100m fly, 100m breast, 200m IM, 400m free)
  • Silver – 2009 (100m IM, 200m IM, 50m free, 34 pt. 4x100m free), 2010 (100m breast, 50m free), 2013 (100m free), 2015 (100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m free, 100m back)
  • Bronze – 2013 (34 pt. 4x100m free)
Personal: Long grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, but is originally from Siberia. When she was only 13 months old, she was adopted from a Russian orphanage. Born with fibular hemimelia, she 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....Daughter of Steve & Beth Long. Has five siblings, Amanda, Steven, Joshua, Hannah, and Grace…Joined first competitive swim team at 10 years old…First international competition was the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games…At 12 years old, was the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team in Athens...Winner of 77th AAU James E. Sullivan Award...Three-time (2007, 2012, 2013) recipient of the ESPN Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award…Named to Sports Illustrated’s “The World’s Best Female Athletes”…Twice (2006, 2011) named Disabled Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine…Commented for NBC at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games….Is a leap year baby…Interests include Pilates, reading, interior design, finding new coffee shops and spending time with family.