"MINI USA | Cullen Jones | #DefyLabels"
"Don’t let anyone ever stop you. A different background shouldn’t stop you from being the best that you can be.” Labels aren’t limitations for U.S. Olympian Cullen Jones. Watch as he speaks about his motivation.
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Growing up most of my friends were playing basketball or playing football, track. They always looked at me like you still doing that swimming thing? I did get teased a little bit because it was something that other people weren't doing - especially people that look like me. Some of the labels that I've kind of gone through is black swimmer. Why are you here? What are you doing? Shouldn't you be in other sports? There was one time I just won the 50 freestyle, and this is my first time really winning. My parents were with me and one of the other parents came up to me and said shouldn't be playing basketball? My dad looked at me and said don't let anyone ever stop you. Don't let because you look different, you come from a different background, stop you from being the best that you
possibly could be. A lot of different doubts have always come - that you're not going to make it, this isn't for you. The one thing that helps me push through those labels is my family telling me that I can do whatever I put my mind to, and that any person that is going to be against me they have no power over me as long as I keep my focus straight.
I think some of the labels that Mini can be tagged with is small, uncomfortable, cramped, but all those are not true. Being 6'5" I've sat in one comfortably myself. I think a lot of people have a misconception when it comes to Mini. They're very comfortable.
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