Lead Her Forward

Jessica Long

SWIMMING | 23-time Paralympic medalist, three-time ESPY "Best Female Athlete" award winner, second-most decorated Paralympian in U.S. history

Swimming has shown me how to live my most authentic life. When I get into the pool I can walk up to the edge, take off my legs, and I am free. Swimming has taught me confidence and has instilled in me the power to embrace who I am. After 23 Paralympic medals I feel it is my responsibility to help teach the same sense of pride and self-belief in young athletes that I once learned. Please join me on National Girls and Women in Sports Day as we work to empower the next generation.

Career Highlights

  • 13-time Paralympic Swimming Gold Medalist
  • 23 career Paralympic Medals — the second-most decorated U.S. Paralympian in history
  • Four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  • In 2015, was ranked No. 1 in nine disciplines
  • Has 46 career World Championship medals
  • First and only Paralympic athlete to win the AAU James E. Sullivan Award
  • 2015 Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee
  • Three-time ESPY Award for “Best Female Athlete with a Disability”
  • Author of “Unsinkable: From Russian Orphanage to Paralympic Swimming World Champion”