During coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics this weekend, NBC will air a 20-minute feature on Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long. Long, widely considered one of the top Paralympians in the world, was born in Russia before being adopted by American parents and growing up in a suburb of Baltimore, MD.
The NBC feature, titled Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story, follows the 21-year-old double-amputee on a journey back to Russia to meet her birth parents. Long tracks her childhood back to an Irkutsk, Russia orphanage, and from there to Bratsk, a Siberian town where Long, originally named Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova, meets her Russian parents as well as her biological brothers and sisters.
NBC’s press release announcing the feature described it like this:
“It’s an adventure that takes her more than 7,000 miles from the world and family she grew up knowing. From the States to Siberia, the journey is a test for her physically and mentally, but through it all Long poignantly takes us through the process of coming to grips with her Russian roots. In the end it leads her to a profound personally discovery, her two half’s have helped make her the whole individual that she is – Jessica Tatiana Long.”
You can watch one of the two short trailers for the feature at the top of this post (courtesy of NBC Olympics). The other is below:
Watch for the 12-time Paralympic gold medalist’s story on NBC this weekend. To learn more about Long, you can visit her website, JessicaLong.com.
NBC is also promoting the hashtag #WelcomeJessicaHome for those who wish to follow the story on Twitter or join in the conversation.