2008: Recipient of Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award
- 2007: Selected as USA Swimming’s Disability Swimmer of the Year (Trischa L. Zorn Award)
- 2007: Recipient of the ESPN Best Female A Greece thlete with a Disability ESPY Award
- 2007: Named winner of 77th AAU James E. Sullivan Award
- 2006: Second place Rock Climbing, Speed Climbing – Extremity Games
- 2006: Named U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympian of the Year
- 2006: Named Disabled Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine
- 2006: Nine gold medals, five world records – Swimming World Championships, Durban, South Africa
- 2006: Five gold medals, silver medal, four world records – Can-Am Championships, London, Ontario, Canada
- 2005: Five gold medals, bronze medal, two world records, and named Swimmer of the Meet –
- 2005 U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 2004: Three gold medals – Paralympic Games, Athens.
Jessica Long is current world record holder in 13 Paralympic events. She is also winner of twelve gold medals in Paralympic Games. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You initially participated in gymnastics, cheer leading, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and rock climbing and began swimming in your grandparents pool. You reached the pinnacle of success in swimming by setting world record in 13 Paralympic events. What factors you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Jessica Long: There are many factors to my success. I have incredible parents who supported me along the way and who never gave up on my own hopes and dreams. They never pushed me to go to practice. They encouraged it, but it was always my choice. I appreciate them more than ever now that I’m older. Also, being an amputee has given me determination to never give up. I’ve never seen missing my legs as a disability. I have the ability to be something great, because of my so called “disability”.
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