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Cullen Jones

Gold-medalist Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones teaches Baltimore kids the importance of swimming

Gold-medalist Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones teaches Baltimore kids the importance of swimming

For four-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, coming down to Druid Hill Park to teach Baltimore youth how to swim wasn’t just a way to give them a way to cool down on a sweltering June afternoon.

It was a matter of life and death.

“People drown at an epidemic level. Ten people drown a day,” Jones said. “We have a way to fix that — swim lessons.”

For a free two-hour session (cut about an hour short by thunder) Saturday, Jones, five-time Olympic medalist Josh Davis and a handful of Baltimore City Aquatics instructors ran through different basics in the pool, from kicking to freestyle strokes.

“This is a unique area where you’ll have the top swimming recruits in the...

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