She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was involved with many sports including gymnastics, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and swimming. Long, who has many swimming achievements , currently holds world records in 13 Paralympic events. In , she became the first Paralympic athlete selected for the Sullivan Award, given to the best amateur athlete in the U. While competing in the London Paralympics in , her biological parents, Natalia and Oleg Valtysheva, watched her swim not knowing this was their long lost daughter, according to The Siberian Times. I love them more than words can say. My heart is so full.
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption Beagley said her adopted son had emotional problems A US woman accused of using extreme methods to punish her adopted Russian son as a ploy to get on a TV programme has been convicted of child abuse. The jury in Alaska was shown a video in which Jessica Beagley poured spicy sauce into her son's mouth. Defence lawyers said she wanted to appear on the TV programme, in which people seek parenting help, after normal punishments had failed. Correspondents say the case has outraged many in Russia. The court in Anchorage heard that Beagley recorded the video for an American TV show called Doctor Phil, in which parents seek help over child behaviour issues. Ban lifted Prosecutors said Beagley asked her year-old daughter to record footage, in which she confronts her adopted son about his behaviour, and then pours hot sauce into his mouth.
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We'll notify you here with news about Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? By February 4, , PM 5 min read 'Dr. Phil' episode shows Jessica Beagley forcing her son to drink hot sauce.
At that time, there was fear, I got scared. I had to leave her behind. But I did think that I would take her back,' her Russian mother said. One of world's best swimmers, Jessica Long, was born deep in Siberia and named Tatiana by her Russian parents Record-beating US Paralympic star Jessica Long is one of the world's greatest swimmers - and in the London Games she took five gold and two silver medals.