My best 2012 Baltimore sports story is Jessica Long…and yours will be too!

December 31, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

a great story.

Following the Games, I saw that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) had announced its Paralympic athletes and teams of the year following the London 2012 Games. Jessica Long was awarded the Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year title after she won eight medals, five of them gold, in London. Equaling the haul of fellow swimmer Jacqueline Freney of Australia, Long took home the most medals won by any athlete in London, and brought her total to 17 medals won over three Paralympic Games.

The award added to the Disabled Swimmer of the Year accolades Long received in 2011 from Swimming World Magazine and the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability she won earlier in 2012.


Two days after she returned from London, we began to text regarding finally getting together about sitting down for a chat about her accomplishments. So, in preparation I went back to the internet, googled “Jessica Long” and started reading wild, tabloid-style stories coming from London in regard to her birth parents, Siberia and a Moscow TV show.

Here are the two primary pieces that I found and my jaw dropped:

This is one is from the Daily Mail in the U.K.

And this is one from The Siberian Times, which I’m assuming is the English language newspaper for Siberian news and information.

Please read these two stories now before you read my updates on the follow pages:


5 Comments For This Post

  1. zavetz Says:

    Nestor, I can not agree more….. Absolutely best story of 2012

  2. Dave The Wave Says:

    Amazing and inspirational story Nestor! Thanks for posting it as I had heard some things about her, but never got the whole story. Keep us updated.

  3. Robert Canady Says:

    Great story Nestor. Thanks for sharing it with us. It’s great to know such an inspirational athlete and person calls Baltimore home.

  4. CNC Orioles Fan Says:

    Step aside Michael, Baltimore has a new hero.

  5. CNC Orioles Fan Says:

    After I read the 2 links I could not help think if this child had been diagnosed in her condition before birth in the U.S, Jessica most likely would have been aborted – sad to say.

    THANK YOU Jessica for being an inspiration that every pre-born baby human deserves life no matter the circumstances.

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