ABOUT JESSICA LONG
JESSICA LONG (26 yrs) is a Paralympic Swimming Gold Medalist and World Champion who is influencing the evolution of women’s sport. Jessica is poised to qualify for her fifth U.S. Team leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. As one of the most respected, visible Paralympic athletes in the world, Jessica hopes her confidence and fearlessness will encourage other young women to“dream big and always, always stand back up.”
Jessica aspires to be a force for the advancement of Paralympic sport, a voice for inclusion, and a positive role model for all young women. Forbes named Jessica to their Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 (Jessica is #17). CBS Sports featured Jessica in their TV series about body image, which can be viewed HERE. Jessica’s dominance on the international stage is matched by an innate ability to engage others who seek to overcome their own obstacles. Jessica’s first book Unsinkable launched in June 2018. Co-authored with her sister, Hannah Long, and published by Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the work is geared towards inspiring girls and young women – athletes or not – to feel empowered and take control of their lives. Jessica acknowledges“we all have obstacles, but it’s in making the decision to turn it into an opportunity that we find our strength.” Read Jessica’s Barnes & Noble Young Adult “Open Mic” post HERE. Public Libraries Online profiled Jessica on the topic of “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”HERE.
Jessica’s success in the pool, global exposure and media savvy have positioned her as a sought-after speaker by corporate teams, conferences, leading organizations and global brands. Performance swimwear manufacturer Arena is an innovative brand who takes a progressive approach to adaptive sport, and has been partnered with Jessica since 2015. Jessica is also aligned with national swim clinic series Fitter Faster Tour, the world leader in percussive muscle therapy TheraGun, and global marketplace platform WeddingWire.com.
At the 2017 Para Swimming World Championships, Jessica earned 5 Individual Gold Medals (100m breast, 100m free, 400m free, 100m back, 100m fly, 200m IM). In April 2018, Jessica won back-to-back Gold in the 400m free and 200m IM at the World Para Swim Series Indianapolis. Jessica added additional medals in June at the World Para Swim Series in Berlin, Germany, earning individual silver and bronze medals in addition to dual gold medals in the relays. During the August 2018 Pan Pacific Para World Championships in Cairns, Australia, Jessica proved she is still queen of the fly – she captured a Gold Medal in the 100m Fly as well as a second Gold in the 200m IM, Silver in the 400m free and Bronze in the 100m Free. At the December 2018 US Paralympic National Championships, Jessica dominated the competition, winning every event she entered. Jessica’s performance in events such as the 400m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 100m Fly demonstrate her ability to content for Paralympic Gold in Tokyo.
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