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Local Paralympian Jessica Long to be featured on NBC's Olympic coverage Saturday night

Paralympic athlete Jessica Long, who grew up in Middle River, will be featured on NBC's Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday.

The 20-minute feature, "Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story," chronicles her rise to becoming a world class swimmer after being born in Russia and adopted by American parents.

Long, a 21-year-old double amputee, has won 12 Paralympic gold medals.

An NBC film crew followed Long as she retraced her early life with a recent trip back to her native Bratsk in Siberia. There, she met her biological parents and family for the first time.

The segment will air sometime after 8 p.m. Saturday.

For more about Long's story, read Childs Walker's profile from August 2012.

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