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LONG Jessica
Sport Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthIrkutsk, RUS
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Lucas Winters
Other names
Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova
Residence
Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in her grandparents' pool. She joined her first competitive team in 2002.
Why this sport?
She was originally keen on gymnastics. However, due to the damage it was doing to her knees and prosthetic legs, her parents encouraged her to take up swimming instead. "I'd always loved to swim and it just felt right. I found out about a swim team in a local newspaper from my grandmother and we went and tried it out."
Club / Team
North Baltimore Aquatic Club: United States
Name of coach
Paul Yetter [club]
General Interest
Nicknames
Aquawoman (paralympic.org, 12 Jul 2015)
Hobbies
Yoga, reading, pilates, spending time with family. (Twitter profile, 11 Apr 2018; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (livinghealthe.com, 09 May 2013)
Hero / Idol
Her younger sister Hannah, US Para swimmers Erin Popovich and Cortney Jordan. (paralympic.org, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She struggled with shoulder problems in the lead-up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2017)

In April 2011 she had an illness called costochondritis that affected her blood flow and made her tired. (usaswimming.org, 04 Oct 2011)

She had a burst appendix in early 2008. (Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place." (Facebook page, 07 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She received the 2015 Trischa L. Zorn Award, given by USA Swimming for the outstanding performance of the year by a Para swimmer. (usaswimming.org, 03 Oct 2015)

She was named the 2014 Para Swimming Female Athlete of the Year by website swimswam.com. (swimswam.com, 29 Dec 2014)

She was named Best Female Athlete with an Impairment at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards in the United States of America in 2007, 2012 and 2013. (swimswam.com, 18 Jul 2013; teamusa.org, 12 Jul 2012)

She was named the 2011/12 Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 17 Sep 2012)

She was named Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine in 2006 and 2011. (bbc.com, 28 Aug 2012; paralympic.org, 14 May 2008)

In 2008 she received the Juan Antonio Samaranch International Olympic Committee [IOC] President's Para Athlete Award. (paralympic.org, 14 May 2008)

In 2007 she became the first Para athlete to win the Amateur Athletic Union's Sullivan Award, which is given to the best amateur athlete in the United States of America. (US Paralympics, 04 Mar 2010)

She was named the 2006 Paralympian of the Year by USOC. (paralympic.org, 14 May 2008)
Other sports
She finished second in speed climbing [rock climbing] at the 2006 Extremity Games in Orlando, FL, United States of America. (US Paralympics, 04 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
She was born without fibula bones, ankles or heels. Her legs were amputated below the knee at age 18 months. (jessicalong.org, 02 Apr 2012)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
Born in Siberia, Russian Federation, she was adopted by US couple Beth and Steve Long from an orphanage when she was age 13 months. In December 2013 she travelled to Tem, Russian Federation, and was reunited with her biological parents. "I really dreamed of this moment. My parents in the US always told me that I was adopted. It's never been a secret to me." (dreamon.world, 19 Mar 2018; dailymail.co.uk, 16 Dec 2013; siberiantimes.com, 07 Dec 2013)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
After the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, she took some time away from competition to coach an all-girls school swim team in Baltimore, MD, United States of America. "Seeing their work ethic and how excited they were to train in a sport I'm so passionate about was incredible. I took a step back from the sport while still being a part of the sport, and it really helped me fall in love with swimming again and confirm that I still wanted to be a part of this." (teamusa.org, 28 Mar 2018)

BOOK
A photographic memoir about her life was published in June 2018. She co-wrote the book called 'Unsinkable' with her sister Hannah. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Jun 2018; teamusa.org, 28 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 50m Freestyle S8 33.60
1 2004 100m Freestyle S8 1:09.67
1 2004 400m Freestyle S8 5:07.88
1 2004 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:40.57
6 2008 50m Freestyle S8 32.58
1 2008 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.91
1 2008 400m Freestyle S8 4:50.17
2 2008 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.56
3 2008 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:38.60
1 2008 100m Butterfly S8 1:11.96
1 2008 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:41.85
1 2012 100m Butterfly S8 1:10.32
1 2012 400m Freestyle S8 4:42.28
1 2012 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:29.28
5 2012 50m Freestyle S8 31.71
2 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:24.57
2 2012 100m Backstroke S8 1:18.67
1 2012 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:37.09
1 2012 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.63
3 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:54.13
2 2016 400m Freestyle S8 4:47.82
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:32.94 
3 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:10.53
4 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.72
3 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:18.12 
9 2016 50m Freestyle S8 32.22 
2 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:20.10
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:40.23 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 50m Freestyle S8 31.73
1 2006 100m Freestyle S8 1:07.03
1 2006 400m Freestyle S8 4:53.14
1 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:20.93
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:32.86
1 2006 100m Butterfly S8 1:13.25
1 2006 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:43.60
1 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:30.66
1 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:07.88
1 2010 100m Backstroke S8 1:17.56
1 2010 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:38.31
2 2010 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:33.06
1 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:23.59
1 2010 400m Freestyle S8 4:48.58
2 2010 50m Freestyle S8 32.39
1 2010 100m Butterfly S8 1:11.78
1 2010 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.95
1 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:00.68
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:37.11
1 2013 400m Freestyle S8 4:43.76
3 2013 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:35.95
1 2013 100m Butterfly S8 1:09.79
2 2013 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.28
  2013 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  DSQ
1 2015 100m Butterfly S8 1:09.79
1 2015 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:32.46
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:40.08
2 2015 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.95
2 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:25.45
1 2015 400m Freestyle S8 4:47.95
2 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.07
4 2015 50m Freestyle S8 31.83
4 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:57.43
1 2017 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:35.48
1 2017 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:38.21
1 2017 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.83
1 2017 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.80
1 2017 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:19.23
1 2017 400m Freestyle S8 5:01.57
1 2017 100m Butterfly S8 1:12.81
1 2017 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:49.93
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:26.85
1 2009 100m Butterfly S11 1:12.24
1 2009 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.10
2 2009 100m Individual Medley SM8 1:16.76
2 2009 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:42.88
1 2009 400m Freestyle S8 4:46.56
2 2009 50m Freestyle S8 32.37
2 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:35.61