| Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Cullen Jones is a record holding American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who specializes in the freestyle sprint events. He has four Olympic medals, two gold and two silver.
He first learned to swim after nearly drowning when he was a child.
Jones first gained recognition while swimming for North Carolina State University. There he was a four-time ACC champion and the 2006 NCAA Division I champion in the 50 free with a time of 19.18. In 2005 he became the first African-American to win gold at the World University Games when he won the 50 free.
He first made the US World Championship team in 2007. In Melbourne, Australia at the World Championships, Jones walked away with a gold as part of the 400 free relay and a silver medal in the 50 free.
In 2008 Jones earned himself a spot on the US Olympic team in the 50 free and the 100 free. During those Olympic Trials he held the American record in the 50 free for one day, with a time of 21.59. At the 2008 Beijing Games, he won a gold medal as part of the world record-setting 400 free relay, making history as the second African-American to win Olympic gold.
At the 2009 Phillips 66 Nationals Jones again claimed the American record in the 50 free with a time of 21.40. He also won a gold medal in Rome at the World Championships as part of the 400 free relay.
In 2012 Jones made the US Olympic team for a second time. At the London Games he won a silver medal in the 50 free, silver in the 400 free relay, and gold in the 400 medley relay.
Jones is passionate about bringing more diversity to swimming and is a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador along with playing a key role on the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66.