by Steve Anderson
Cullen Jones (born February 29, 1984 in The Bronx, New York City, New York) is a U.S. competitive swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who specializes in freestyle sprint events. Cullen stands 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall and weighs 210 lb (95 kg). As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay (long course). At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won silver medals in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the 50-meter freestyle.
Cullen attended North Carolina State University (graduating in 2006), where he was an English major and swam for the NC State Wolfpack. He turned professional in the summer of 2006, after signing with Nike.