Cullen Jones recounts a funny 2008 Olympic story in a recent article
in the NY Times.
Michael Phelps wakes Jones to tell him that LeBron James and other basketball stars want to meet them in the lobby of the hotel. Cullen goes downstairs and hears LeBron talking to Phelps about going for his 8th gold medal. But when he meets Cullen, LeBron exclaims, "Wait, you got a brother on the team?"
I know Jones is just living his life. He happens to be living his life as a professional swimmer, complete with a Nike endorsement and a job with Make a Splash. But Nike et al are betting on him transcending also ran status, and becoming Tiger or Venus and Serena.
Cullen Jones is taking it one step at a time, first battling performance anxiety that ended up excluding him from the 2004 Olympic team. That's not even mentioning the demands of sprinting the 50 free--where it's much better if you don't breathe for the whole heat.
He's currently competing in the World Championships--FINA in Shanghai. According to his twitter page, he competes out of the pool as well:
"Well the spades tournament is tied up 2-2 with @MichaelPhelps &@ryanlochte and @Rcberens and I"
Let's wish him much success--in spades, in the pool, and in life!