We first saw the potential Cullen Jones brought to the table back in 2006, when he won the NCAA title in the 50 free as a member of the N.C. State Wolfpack before bursting onto the long course scene by winning the 50 at Pan Pacs. Since then, Jones has won four Olympic medals, proving the be both a great individual and relay swimmer. After a couple “down years” in 2010 and 2011, swim enthusiasts everywhere got another glimpse last summer of what he is capable of when he puts it all together. Jones left London with three medals (one gold, two silver), including a near-victory in the men’s 50 free.
Like we’ve seen many Olympians do, Cullen used part of the 2012-2013 season to take a break and pursue opportunities outside of the pool. For Cullen–a marketable personality and leading spokesman for the very important “Make a Splash” campaign–that’s more than just sleeping in, not working out, and being lazy for a change.
Don’t let his 2013 fool you. When big things are on the line, we’ve seen what Cullen can do. He has made it very clear he’s here for the long haul, spending the next twelve months gearing up for U.S. Nationals in August 2014, with a goal of qualifying for the 2013 Pan Pac and 2014 World Championship teams.