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    « French Swimming Nationals Coverage Continued | Main | Lovin' Ryan Lochte & Video of Leveaux's new WORLD RECORD! »

    December 11, 2008

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    crystal

    i would like to say that i'm currently hopping on the cullen jones train of epic. Candace and Heather saw what great a person/athlete he is way before i did. i've been all about Phelps and Lochte, but i've also been in my little G bubble too. (Grevers, Gangloff, Garrett (Weber-Gale) - the first name counts). but a big thanks to you Mel, for posting these vids and giving Cullen the love that you do, and that he deserves.

    and that johnson and johnson commercial gets me every single time.

    Heather

    Well, I was going to post basically the same thing as Candace, so I'll just skip that and agree with her to the fullest!

    Thanks so much for the video, Mel... I CAN NOT wait for Cullen to come back to Jersey and do some stuff with his tour! We are so proud of all of his accomplishments here... I am so stoked. (I know for sure Candace will be tagging along right there with me lol)

    Candace

    Yes and yes. I can't say enough about how important Cullen Jones' role in swimming is. I'm mixed race so maybe I take these things a bit more to heart than some, but I think it's so important to show minority children (or anyone for that matter) that they have options outside what's expected of them or what they might normally be exposed to - and that's exactly what he's doing.

    This is precisely why I get a bit aggravated when I see certain people getting massive amounts of attention (albeit well deserved) for their accomplishments when I think a lot of the focused needs to be shifted toward Cullen, as his role has a much more significant social context - which, like you said, is going to be more meaningful in the long run.

    Honestly, I think sometimes people don't want to have to think about these issues. It might just be easier to piggyback off of a story that's triumphant and doesn't have all of these other social/racial layers that need to be considered because while it may resonate with you, you don't have to think about it later on. I mean, if you think about it, it's a lot easier to digest a story about Ryan Lochte than one about Cullen Jones (from what we know, anyway.)

    You know I have mad love for Phelps and I think he's inspired a lot of kids to swim but having him be the "face" of swimming only goes so far in terms of reaching a broad audience - there's a lot of kids out there that, while they can admire him, can't really relate to him on the same level as Cullen Jones.

    I just hope people get on the Cullen train 'cause it's going places!

    And again, thank you so much for the video!

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