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Cullen Jones


Cullen Jones

Cullen Jones

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Cullen is a relay only swimmer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (4x100 Freestyle Relay).


  • CLUB: SwimMAC Carolina (MAC-NC)
  • DOB: Feb 29, 1984
  • HEIGHT: 6' 5" (195.6 cm)
  • HOMETOWN: Irvington, N.J.
  • BIRTHPLACE: The Bronx, N.Y.
  • COACHED BY: David Marsh

Personal Notes:

  • High School: St. Benedict’s Prep '02
  • College: NC State '06
  • College Major: English (with minor in Psychology)
  • Future Professional Aspirations: Write for a men’s fashion magazine, such as "GQ"
  • Parents: Ronald and Debra; Ronald (deceased) played basketball at a small college in the Bronx, and Debra was a dancer; Ronald died of lung cancer in 2000 when Cullen was 16
  • Notable Relative(s): Distant relative (Rodney Wallace) was a former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle
  • Started Swimming: Age 8
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Gymnastics, basketball
  • Nickname(s): CJ, Nova
  • Pet(s): One dog (Charlie)
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Video games, watching movies, dancing
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Watch a movie, play some video games and fall asleep
  • Most Influential Person: Late father Ronald and coach Ed Nessel; role model: "My parents because they woke me up for practice in the morning; that's brave!"
  • Charities: Ronald Jones Foundation
  • Sponsor(s): Nike, Toyota "Engines of Change"
  • Training Stats: Swims 8,000 meters/yards per day, 5-6 hours a day, 6 days a week
  • Is working with "Do Tell Productions" on a documentary about the Flahery Dolphins, a team from Boston that is made up mostly of kids of color; the film will follow the lives a few swimmers on the team, in addition to Jones' journey to the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Favorites:
    • U.S. city: New York City
    • int'l destination: London
    • band: Linkin Park
    • celebrity: Michael Jordan; "I like to model my attitude after him."
    • summer activity: going to amusement parks
    • movies: Snatch, Van Wilder, Just Friends, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Waiting
    • tv: Nip/Tuck, Dirt, Weeds

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