Jessica Long grew up in Baltimore but that’s a long way from where she was born. The Paralympics swimmer was born in Russia and adopted by American parents and the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia gave her an opportunity to meet her parents.
Long was featured on NBC’s Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday. The 20-minute feature, “Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story,” chronicled her rise to becoming a world class swimmer. The double amputee has won 2 Paralympic gold medals.
An NBC film crew followed Long as she retraced her early life with a trip back to Russia and meeting her biological parents for the first time.