How does a girl with congenital defects in her legs born to a teenage mother in Siberia become one of the most decorated female athletes in US history? And what does that same young woman, achieving unprecedented success in Paralympics swimming, do when she realizes that despite the outward honors and endorsements deals, she’s still filled with anger and brokenness on the inside?
Such is Jessica Long’s story. Told with her trademark passion and energy, her journey shows a love that conquers anger and brings her a bigger triumph than any of her gold medals.
Have you ever felt unwanted? Not enough? Like you had to prove yourself? So did Jessica. But her story doesn’t end there.
Watch Jessica Long’s short film here.
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