Cullen Jones Aims for 2016 Olympic Gold – Gold Medal Minute

Cullen Jones, 4-time Olympic medalist, may impact swimming more than any athlete in the United Stated when we look back on the sport twenty years from now. As the first African American swimmer to win Olympic gold in swimming (Beijing 2008), Jones has been a tireless ambassador for diversity and an advocate for water safety. Partnering with the USA Swimming Foundation’s national initiative Make a Splash has given Jones a large platform to spread the message that learning to swim saves lives.

In sum, Jones works hard in and out of the water.

As a sprint specialist, Jones has continued to develop his speed under iconic swim coach David Marsh (SwimMAC).  Jones surprised many last summer when he took second in the 100m free and won the 50m free at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. At the London Olympic Games, Jones netted gold on the 4×100 medley relay, silver on the 4×100 freestyle relay, and a silver in the 50m freestyle, his first individual medal on the Olympic stage.

Jones returned to swimming faster this year, this post Olympic year, than he did in 2009 after the Beijing Games. His in-season 22.16 at the 2013 Charlotte Ultraswim was a very positive sign that Jones means business aiming for 50m free gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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MIkal W. Grass

Great interview, but Mel, you’re looking a bit pasty.

Good luck with that.It will be tought, very tought.Be prepared to break 21 barrier.

Agreed…it’ll take sub 21 by ’16 to win….

Philip Johnson

It will take an unprecedented athlete to do what the suit did with Cielo. In the meantime, I don’t see Cielo’s WR going down by 2016. His 100 record however, is more vulnerable.

I think if is not broken, his record will be ready to be broken in 2016.You have to put in account Cielo record was made running along 100.A specific training athlete for 50 free can do some damage and come out of nowhere and blast that record.I am just seeing 50 free age group records falling everywhere(Australia,Brazil,Russia and US).A new generation is coming out, and they will be tough, very tough to beat.
Right now, i think Manaudou have a shot at 21.1 or lower(if Cielo knees wasn t poor i will put him too-his 21.57 from April show that).

Jean Michel

Great to hear about his future motivations . Very promising .

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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