BEIJING 2008 Paralympic Games

Jessica getting ready to leave the orphanage.

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Name: Jessica Tatiana Long
Name at Birth: Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova
Birth Date: February 29, 1992
Age: 4 if you only count the years that have a 29th day in February.
Place of Birth: Irkutsk, Russia
Current Residence: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Age Adopted: 13 months
Disability: I was born without fibulas, ankles, heels and most of the other bones in my feet.

Amputation: At 18 months, both of my legs were amputated below the knees.
Physical Therapy: Never needed it. I was determined to do it on my own.
Backflips on the trampolineHeight: 5'10" (with my legs on)
Hair Color: blonde
Eye Color: green
Brothers: 2
Sisters: 3 plus 1 sister-in-law
Education: Homeschooled since Kindergarten. I'm going into the 11th grade.
Religion: I'm a Christian. When I was very young, my parents taught me about the sacrifice that Jesus paid for me.
Years Swimming: I learned to swim in my grandparent's pool and have been swimming competitively for six years.
American Records: 33
Pan-American Records: 18
Paralympic Records: 2
World Records: 15
Paralympic Medals: 3 gold
World Championship Medals: 9 gold
Other Sports: gymnastics, skating, basketball, bowling
, rock climbing
Pastimes: hanging out with friends, riding my bike, jumping on the trampoline, cooking, MySpace, and organizing my bedroom
Favorite Colors: blue & lime green
Favorite Foods: Chinese, pizza, chips & salsa

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Jessica Long:
The Long way to success

New York Times
4/15/07
Sullivan Award

Baltimore Sun
4/13/08
Appendectomy
4/13/07
Top Amateur
10/6/04
Brings Home Gold
7/5/04
Olympic Dream

Baltimore Examiner
7/11/07
Long road to ESPYs

Dundalk Eagle
8/18/05
Female Athlete
7/28/05
2005 Nationals
7/1/05
July 4th Parade

9/29/04
Three Gold
9/22/04
Sets Record
3/11/04
Record Breaker
3/4/04
From Russia

London Times
5/12/07
Courage
5/6/07
America's finest
9/27/04
Golden Girl

Washington Post
9/28/04
Paralympic Golds
9/7/04
I am A Girl/Athlete

USA Today
4/11/07
Long wins Sullivan Award

The Avenue News
Life of Jessica Long
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Jessica continues to set one swimming record after another.

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