About Jessica Long
Long was born in 1992 like Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova in Bratsk, Russia. At the time she was born, her mother and father were unwed teenagers, 17 and 18 years old respectively. She was abandoned by her mother in a foster care and was later adopted by American parents at the age of 13 months. Because of fibular hemimelia, her lower legs were amputated when she was 18 months old.
Jessica learned to walk with prostheses. She has been involved in many sports including gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and rock climbing. She began swimming in her grandparents’ pool before joining her first competitive team in 2002. The next year, Long was selected as Maryland Swimming’s 2003 Female Swimmer with a Disability of the Year. Long trained with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
Jessica’s life has been nothing short of amazing. She was able to persevere and become a 29x Paralympic medallist, world champion and record holder. Now as one of America’s most decorated champions and winningest female athletes in US history, her work focuses on succeeding in the water and inspiring others outside the pool.