Cullen earned a scholarship to North Carolina State University where he went on to become a four-time ACC Champion as well as an NCAA champion. In 2008, Cullen qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 4x100m relay, and he swam the 3rd leg of the spectacular come-from-behind race. This would cement Cullen’s place in Olympic history by being only the second African American to win swimming Gold and by being part of the world record breaking relay team. In July 2009, Cullen established an American record in the 50m with a time of 21.40 seconds which still holds as the best time in U.S. history. In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Cullen added to his medal count with a Gold and 2 Silvers, including an individual Silver medal in his specialty, 50m Freestyle.
In his free time, Cullen is an Ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Tour. Dedicated to raising national awareness about the importance of learning to swim, Cullen travels across the country and teaches swim lessons to inner city children. In 2010 launched his project the “Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational.” The goal of the invitational is create a truly inclusive environment for swimmers that combines education, safety and the competitive natural of the sport he loves.
After a 11 year break from school, Cullen returned to school to finish his undergraduate at NC State University. With the importance of education in mind he graduated in May of 2018. Jones recently announced his battle with Alopecia and his struggles with online bullying and the high expectations . He is currently aligning himself with groups to address self confidence and confidence building
- Confidence Building
- Black Heritage
- Olympic Journey
- Overcoming Adversity
- Diversity & Inclusion