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MEDAL QUEST

Jessica Long: 'To be the best, you make sacrifices.'

  • Aired: 08/09/2012
  • 03:23
  • Rating: NR
Swimmer Jessica Long won 3 gold medals at the Athens Paralympics at age 12. Then she won 4 gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Beijing at age 16, setting 3 new world records – and she still felt she’d failed. In this frank video, Long explains the pressures she felt as a teenager, and how she had to fall in love with swimming again.
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Jessica Long: 'To be the best, you make sacrifices.'
Jessica Long: 'To be the best, you make sacrifices.'
As a child, Jessica Long was first in the pool, last out. Result: 7 gold medals, so far.
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Funding for MEDAL QUEST is provided by Bruce C., Conner, Alex, and Lynn Bay Dayton, the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation, No Limits Media, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS Viewers.
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