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Jessica Long


  • 2012
  • 2008
  • 2004
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Sport: Para Swimming
Classification: S8/SB7/SM8
Height: 5'9”
Weight: 145
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (100m breaststroke , 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle), silver (100m backstroke, 4x100m freestyle relay), bronze (4x100m medley)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle), silver (100m backstroke), bronze (100m breaststroke)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, gold (100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle)
Career Highlights:
  • 2015: CamAms, WR (400m free); IPC Swimming World Championships, gold (100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, 400 freestyle), silver (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, women's 4x100 freestyle relay 34 pts.) 
  • 2014: Spring Nationals/CanAms, 1st (100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle)

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

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.

Learn more: 
U.S. Para Swimming

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