US para swim star Jessica Long said it was rare for her to get emotional.She never had tears in her eyes as she stood on the medal podium at the Paralympics and heard her national anthem, which is what she has been doing since hers 12-year-old has done regular games at their first games in Athens in 2004

But the tears didn’t stop flowing after watching an emotional 60-second Super Bowl commercial that told its incredible story in The National Football League (NFL) championship, which took place on Jan. February the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers attended is one of the most watched sporting events around the world, making commercials competitive

Ad from long-time International Paralympic Committee partner Toyota highlights her journey and achievements Born in Siberia with a rare disease that required her legs to be amputated, she was born to a US family of one at the age of one Russian orphanage adopted

“It’s such an emotional place,” Long said. “It’s so raw The way Toyota was able to capture all of this brings out all of these emotions that I kind of forgot”

Long said the ad captured her life story perfectly in a minute, it was her discomfort at not having legs, the pain that came early from adoption when she couldn’t talk about it, and swimming always as her oasis was

“I didn’t take up the sport because I thought I was going to win gold medals or be on a Super Bowl commercial“I started this sport because I really loved the water. It was a place where I felt really free”

The commercial shows a little girl on crutches and in a locker room who feels all alone

“I was nervous and at times scared of being the only girl missing legs on the swim team. It’s really intimidating at times when you don’t see anyone who looks like you. I just had such determination and a spirit to go on to fight ”


On the way to her fifth Paralympic Games in Tokyo and now 28 years old, Long has won 23 Paralympic medals, including 13 gold medals After the swimmer Trischa Zorn (46 medals, 32 gold medals) she is the second most awarded Paralympian in US history

Even so, she finds it hard to believe that Toyota will present their story during the Super Bowl, one of the most watched television sports spectacles, just as the company has in the past in the middle of the big game with two other Paralympic stars Amy Purdy and Lauren Woolstencroft

“It’s been 18 years, 18 years for this kind of Paralympic coverage and for my story I feel so underserved,” Long said

She added, “I was there (at the Games) when I was 12 and not a lot of people knew about the Paralympics I would love to have someone present the Paralympics, but the fact that they are me for Choosing this spot just feels like the greatest honor ”

While she is used to being exhibited and swimming in front of thousands of people, she said Super Bowl Sunday was a day she will never forget

“It’s one of my three most important moments I would say winning a gold medal is exceptional because no one can take it away from you. There are moments when I’ve trained with the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael (Phelps), who Called me J See, that was very special and then being in the Super Bowl, it’s just so cool. ”

The Toyota ad with Jessica Long is one of the biggest events for the Paralympic movement in the US Jess was a pioneer in Paralympic sports, and Toyota, a sponsor of the US Olympic and Paralympic Games, with her for the Paralympic Games to advertise is incredible

Trained with Phelps and his trainer Bob Bowman long before the 2016 Paralympics in Rio because she wanted to fight what she calls the stigma that exists when some believe Paralympians are not as good as Olympic athletes

“My greatest hope is that one day we will never have to explain what the Paralympics are”

Long said the IPC’s new mission to use its platform to drive social change, “Change Starts With Sports”, really speaks to her and her story

“Getting into the sport gave me the confidence to share my story with the rest of the world and to change the way the world sees disability,” said the Baltimore native. “I really feel like this life gave me was to share my story ”

She was watching the big game from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, wearing waterproof mascara, and FaceTiming her family to see her reaction to the commercial

“(It shows) how selfless my parents were I think they are crazy in the best possible way You wanted a little baby from Siberia, Russia You already had two children I just think the amount of love is very special was ”

“We all have hope and strength, and more than ever (in this pandemic year) we need hope,” Long continued, “I hope people see my story and feel inspired to do what they feared – this thing is undoubtedly scary, but then they find that they had the power all along ”

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