ABOUT JESSICA LONG
Jessica has dominated Paralympic swimming over the last decade. Her success in the pool and inspiring story of adoption has made her one of the most recognized, respected disabled athletes in the world. In conjunction with the Rio Games, Jessica was prominently featured by various media outlets including Glamour Magazine, TeenVogue, Women’s Health, Greatist.com, People, Refinery29.com, US News and World Report and NBC Sports.
A representative of the United States on her fourth consecutive U.S. Paralympic Team in Rio, Jessica medaled in 8 out of 9 total events, adding gold, silver and bronze to her impressive career medal count. Her victory in the 200m Individual Medley marked Jessica’s 13th career gold medal, and Jessica now has 23 total career Paralympic medals. She is now the second most decorated Paralympic athlete in U.S. history.
Jessica by the Numbers
- 13x Paralympic Swimming Gold Medalist
- 23 Career Paralympic Medals – the second most decorated U.S. Paralympian in history
- 4th Consecutive Games for Jessica - Rio 2016 Paralympics
- 1st Jessica was ranked No.1 in nine disciplines in The London 2012 Paralympics
- 4 Gold medals won at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships
- 3x ESPY Award Winner for “Best Female Athlete with a Disability”
- 1st and only Paralympic athlete to win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award
- 2015 Nominee for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Award