Jessica Long is an inspiring individual. As most Americans haven’t heard her story before, on Saturday night people will be tuned into NBC to get a glimpse of her life in Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story. Offering a chance to understand how determined the athlete is in her own life, viewers will be surprised to learn of her struggles. According to NBC Sports on Sunday, the athlete’s story is one of three Olympic specials that NBC Olympic television coverage will offer before of the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Jessica Long was born with fibular hemimelia and the lower part of Long’s legs were amputated when she was 18 months old. She learned to walk on prosthesis. You would never know the woman has seen some of the biggest challenges in the world. Now a 17-time Paralympic medalist – including 12 gold medals – Long holds 13 world records and is a two-time U.S. Paralympic Sports Woman of the Year.
Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story chronicles the story of Long, a world-class swimmer from a Baltimore suburb, who was born in Russia and adopted by American parents. The feature tracks Long’s journey from the States to Siberia – Baltimore to Bratsk – to meet her birth family.
The story Jessica Long shares with the world is inspiring. The 21-year old American is full of life and her story shares her passion and commitment to her success.