Former NC State swimmer Cullen Jones competed in the 2012 London Olympics and bought home two silver medals. Jones, 28, won one for the 4 x 100 relay and the other in the 50-meter freestyle an event in which he holds the American record with a time of 21.40 seconds. This follows him winning a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, while competing in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in a world record time of 3:08.24 with Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale.
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Jones was born in the Bronx New York City before moving to Irvington, New Jersey. He the competed for the Wolfpack men’s swimming team from 2003 – 2006 and he majored in English. While competing at NC State Jones earned All-ACC and All-American honors and won three ACC Championships. He also won a gold medal at the World University Games in the 50 meter freestyle. Jones is only the third African American to make the US Olympic swimming team and the second to share or hold a world record. Now the Olympics games are over Jones said he wants to help popularize the sport of swimming in minority communities and help teach young minority children the joy of swimming.