COCOA KISS: Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones


Who would have thought that after a near drowning experience at a water park, young Cullen Jones would grow up to be a USA Olympic swimmer? Say hello to our latest Cocoa Kiss Cullen, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and the first African American to break a world record in swimming in an Olympic contested event as a part of the USA’s 4 X 100 Freestyle Relay Team.

If your eyes were glued to the TV during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, you would have no doubt saw Jones swimming his way to gold during the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a world record time of 3:08.24 and again in the 2012 Olympic Games in London during the 4x100–Meter Medley relay. As an Ambassador for African American swimmers, the 29 year-old’s main goal is to break through all the stereotypes and spread his motto “yeah, black kids can swim, too.”

When he’s not swimming laps around a swimming pool, you can catch the Bronx, NY born (New Jersey raised) athlete giving back to his community through motivational speaking, youth clinics, and even private lessons. You may also find him working with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative; Cullen is dedicated to helping minorities learn how to swim.

Expect a lot out of Cullen because he expects a lot of himself.

Instagram: @cullenjones


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