Olympic Swim Medalist Cullen Jones Talks Winning, Michael Phelps and Jay-Z

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VIBE / August 20, 2012

VIBETV recently spoke with Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Cullen Jones, who had a very successful run in the 2012 London Olympic Games, bringing back 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals. The 28-year old Bronx native spoke about being a two-time champion.

Cullen Jones on Michael Phelps’ retirement:
I’m really good friend with Michael, and yeah definitely, I told him “You’re still at the top of your game, you don’t need to leave.” He hit me with the, “I’m closing one chapter of the book and opening another”…

What artists/songs get you pumped before you compete?
I’m a Lil’ Wayne fan. A big Jay-Z fan. You can’t be from around here and not be a Jay-Z fan so I think I was listening to “No Church in the Wild”….in my event, it’s like the 100 meter for track, it’s the most watched, the most hype is behind that one. So a lot of testosterone in the waiting room before we walked out there, but I had that bumpin’ in my ear.