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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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host, Gold Medal Mel Stewart, is a 3-time Olympic medalist and co-founder of swimswam.com.