Jessica Long

By
Photography Sebastian Kim

Published July 4, 2016

SWIMSUIT: ERES. STYLING: MIGUEL ENAMORADO. COSMETICS: ARMANI, INCLUDING MAESTRO GLOW NOURISHING FUSION MAKEUP. HAIR PRODUCTS: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE, INCLUDING SPRAY DE MODE. HAIR: LAURENT PHILIPPON FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. MAKEUP: KRISTI MATAMOROS FOR ARMANI BEAUTY/FRANK REPS. SET DESIGN: JULIET JERNIGAN/CLM. PRODUCTION: BO ZHANG/MANAGEMENT ARTISTS. DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: NATALIA READ-HARBER. SPECIAL THANKS: STUDIO 250.

Three-time ESPY award winner for Best Female Athlete with a Disability; four-time winner of the USA Swimming Trischa L. Zorn Award.

SPORT: Swimming.

AGE: 24 

BORN: Bratsk, Russia.

HOMETOWN: Baltimore.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS OR SUPERSTITIONS? Before I step on a starting block, I will clap three times and shake out my arms twice. I don’t feel ready to race unless I do that.

DO YOU HAVE A RECURRING DREAM: For four or five years, I did have a recurring dream and then I finished it. I don’t know how to explain it, but I actually finished this whole dream that I’d had every single night, and I never had it again.

IS THERE SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I’m a leap year baby. So I’m actually only 6 years old.

FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Chinese food.

CHOSEN SUPERPOWER: It would be really cool to teleport.

PET PEEVE: Something that really irritates me is when I come to a four-way stop, and I clearly have the right of way, and the other person who doesn’t have the right of way waves for me to go. I’m like, “Yeah, I know I can go.”

ARE YOU COMPETITIVE IN REAL LIFE? Yep, because of my prosthetics, I’m a little slower, and there were times growing up when Hannah, my sister, would run to the door, just to get there before me. It didn’t happen often.

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