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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Jessica Long will tell you: After capturing even more Paralympic gold in London, she couldn't wait to get back to Baltimore for a table heavy with steamed crabs and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. But these days, Long's reality is a touch more glamorous. You can still find the swimmer at the movies in White Marsh, shopping at the Towson Town Center, getting wet at the Merritt Athletic Club. But Long's just as likely to be walking a red carpet somewhere in couture threads, juggling interview requests and considering lucrative opportunities.
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Sports Digest | August 11, 2014
Para-swimming Jessica Long wins two individual events and a relay Jessica Long of Baltimore, a 12-time Paralympic champion, won the women's 100-meter freestyle S8 and 100 breaststroke SB8 on Sunday, the final day of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif. Long also was part of the United States' women's team that beat Australia, 4:26.62 to 4:31.87, in the 4x100 34-point freestyle relay, the final medal event of the meet.
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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Jessica Long has had to overcome obstacles all of her life. The field she had to beat out to win an ESPY on Wednesday night for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability was a tough one, filled with some remarkable athletes. Long, who had to have her legs amputated when she was just 18 months old in Russia where she was born, triumphed once again, winning the award for the second time. The swimmer is the second repeat winner in the award's history. Long grew up in Middle River after emigrating from Russia.
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Sports Digest | March 30, 2014
College swimming Chase Kalisz breaks U.S. record in 400 IM Georgia sophomore Chase Kalisz , a Fallston graduate from Bel Air, won the 400 individual medley in record-breaking fashion Friday at the NCAA swimming and diving championships in Austin, Texas. Kalisz, who also swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.50 seconds to win the 400 individual medley by nearly four seconds over Florida's Dan Wallace (3:38.17). Kalisz's time eclipsed the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and NCAA championships mark of 3:35.98 set by Michigan's Tyler Clary in 2009.
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Sports Digest | July 18, 2013
ESPY Awards Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among winners Michael Phelps won two ESPY Awards on Wednesday night at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, topping the "Best Male Olympian" and "Best Record Breaking Performance" categories, and Jessica Long took home the trophy for "Best Female Athlete With A Disability. " Phelps, a Baltimore County native broke the all-time medals record at the Olympics last year by earning six in London, extending his career total to 22 medals.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
This Baltimore swimmer hopes to add to an already heavy stash of medals in London this summer. But in addition to training for the qualifying trials in June, there are multiple promotional demands of an Olympic year: modeling the Ralph Lauren-designed athletes attire, shooting commercials for sponsors such as Coke and speaking at media roundtables like the one held here Sunday. It's no wonder that sometimes, you just want to go and get a pretty manicure. "I call them my 'me' dates.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
For the first time in her memory, Jessica Long dreaded swimming. With high school coming to an end, her friends cut loose -- bonfires, movie nights. It all sounded so fun and Long, a seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, had to skip out so she could hit the pool at the crack of dawn. "It was bad," she recalls two years later. "I wasn't happy. " Few could have guessed it given her bounty of medals, but Long felt she had failed at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. She had promised seven gold medals to anyone who would listen, plastering the number all over her bedroom in Middle River.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN REPORTER | November 27, 2006
Jessica Long's proficiency in the pool is apparent after a few strokes. Bobbing up and down on the breaststroke, she's indistinguishable from the practice partners in her lane, but something seems missing from her otherwise impeccable freestyle form. The less splash swimmers make with their hands, the faster they go, but Long's kick leaves a curiously scant trail. The 14-year-old from Middle River has mastered the pull and push of water well enough to set multiple world records, but her athleticism is fully comprehended only on the pool deck.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 13, 2008
With the trials for this year's U.S. Paralympic swimming team a little more than a week away, Jessica Long came home to Middle River one night after a recent practice and began to feel a shooting pain in her stomach. After going to bed that night, the pain intensified. "It was the worst pain I had ever felt," Long recalled Friday. That is saying a lot, considering what Long has endured in her life. Long was born without fibulas in either leg, and both of her legs were amputated below the knees when she was 18 months old - five months after she was adopted by a Baltimore family from a Russian orphanage.
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By Ray Frager | November 9, 2008
Beijing Paralympics 2:30 p.m. [chs. 11, 4] Bob Costas narrates NBC's documentary that takes an in-depth look at the men's wheelchair basketball team and eight other Beijing Paralympics competitors, including two local athletes - swimmer Jessica Long and wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden (right). It promises to be worth recording while you watch the Ravens.
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March 28, 2014
Baltimore's Becca Meyers and Ian Silverman set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms on Thursday at Miami's Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through Saturday, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August. Meyers, a Loyola Maryland student from Timonium, who competes in the S13 classification, won the women's 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 53.90 seconds in the morning session to smash the world record.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Paralympic athlete Jessica Long, who  grew up in Middle River, will be featured on NBC's Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday. The 20-minute feature, "Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story," chronicles her rise to becoming a world class swimmer after being born in Russia and adopted by American parents. Long, a 21-year-old double amputee, has won 12 Paralympic gold medals. An NBC film crew followed Long as she retraced her early life with a recent trip back to her native Bratsk in Siberia.
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Sports Digest | July 18, 2013
ESPY Awards Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among winners Michael Phelps won two ESPY Awards on Wednesday night at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, topping the "Best Male Olympian" and "Best Record Breaking Performance" categories, and Jessica Long took home the trophy for "Best Female Athlete With A Disability. " Phelps, a Baltimore County native broke the all-time medals record at the Olympics last year by earning six in London, extending his career total to 22 medals.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Jessica Long will tell you: After capturing even more Paralympic gold in London, she couldn't wait to get back to Baltimore for a table heavy with steamed crabs and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. But these days, Long's reality is a touch more glamorous. You can still find the swimmer at the movies in White Marsh, shopping at the Towson Town Center, getting wet at the Merritt Athletic Club. But Long's just as likely to be walking a red carpet somewhere in couture threads, juggling interview requests and considering lucrative opportunities.
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Sports Digest | September 8, 2012
Et cetera Snyder, McFadden win Paralympic gold Baltimore's Brad Snyder , 28, won his second gold medal of the London Paralympics on Friday, a year to the day after he was blinded by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Navy in Afghanistan. "It is an emotional day, but it's kind of a day of celebration," Snyder said after winning the 400-meter freestyle S11 gold in 4 minutes, 32.41 seconds, by a margin of 5.83. "I zeroed my focus on performance and was able to put a lot of the emotions away.
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Sports Digest | September 7, 2012
Paralympics Long finishes with five golds, seven medals Jessica Long , who grew up in Middle River, won her fifth gold medal at the London Paralympics, breaking her world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle S8 with a time of 1 minute, 5.63 seconds Thursday. Long, who also two silver medals, finished 2.44 seconds in front of Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen . The 20-year-old Long led from the start to lower her own world mark by 0.43 to 1:05.63, with Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen second.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2004
Julie O'Neill, It must be something in the water. Michael Phelps is not the only world-class swimmer to return to Baltimore County with a chest full of gold medals. Jessica Long, a 12-year-old from Middle River, is back home after capturing three gold medals and setting two world records at the Paralympics recently held in Athens, Greece. In Athens, Jessica competed in the same pool as did Phelps but under drastically different circumstances. She is a double amputee, and, as the youngest member of the U.S. athletic contingent, Jessica faced the finest disabled athletes in the world.
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Sports Digest | August 31, 2012
Swimming Long sets Paralympic record in 100 fly Jessica Long , who grew up in Middle River, broke a Paralympic record in winning the S8 women's 100-meter butterfly Thursday in London. Long, who had both lower legs amputated before age 2, finished in 1 minute, 10.32 seconds - 1.21 seconds in front of Kateryna Istomina of Ukraine. Shengnan Jiang of China was third, 2.96 seconds behind Long. Long, who won four golds in 2008 and three in 2004, will swim in as many as nine events in the London Games, which began Wednesday.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
For the first time in her memory, Jessica Long dreaded swimming. With high school coming to an end, her friends cut loose -- bonfires, movie nights. It all sounded so fun and Long, a seven-time Paralympic gold medalist, had to skip out so she could hit the pool at the crack of dawn. "It was bad," she recalls two years later. "I wasn't happy. " Few could have guessed it given her bounty of medals, but Long felt she had failed at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. She had promised seven gold medals to anyone who would listen, plastering the number all over her bedroom in Middle River.
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