Swimmer Cullen Jones (who’s third African American to make the USA’s Olympic Swim Team) and Track & Field star Reese Hoffa both won medals for TEAM USA last night. More details below………………
After winning the silver medal during the 4×100 free relay last week in London, Cullen was only 2 hundredths of a second from winning the gold in Friday night’s 50 meter freestyle.
But his 21.34 seconds finish gave him a new personal best, and a silver medal. He commented after his win,
“I’m happy that the time wasn’t too bad,” said Jones, 28, whose personal best was 21.40. “I’m thankful that I got second. I was dreaming of gold and I really wanted to get first, but it wasn’t in the cards this time. Getting silver is enough motivation for the future.”
Also, Cullen did cop a gold medal in Beijing in 2008 for the relay, so the 28-year-old Bronx native who now lives in Charlotte said he’s indeed gearing up for Rio in 2016.
Meanwhile, with Track & Field starting off yesterday, Reese Hoffa, a 34-year-old competing in his third Olympics, landed the Bronze medal during his shot put competition.
The star tells NBC after the win,
“I cannot tell you how hard it is to dedicate 4 years to just this moment. I’ve had 3 wonderful opportunities and to finally get it done here in London is pretty awesome.”
Georgia-native was 4-years-old, when he and his cousin accidentally burned down their family home after lighting his curtains on fire. Which he was later put up for adoption, and for decades, he thought the fire was the reason.
The real reason was that his mother had him when she was only 15-years-old and could not give him the life he deserved. So he was adopted by a family who took him in as their own, was actually reunited with his biological mother about 10 years ago and they have had a relationship ever since.
Reese said about why his win is so important for his 2 moms:
“I started life as this kid from a mom that wanted to give her son a great life. To now being a son of two moms, I guess, and getting a medal, it’s awesome.”
No matter happens to you in life, as long as you can learn from it, you’ll be a much stronger and focused individual.