New York Olympians In London 2012 Summer Games: Swimming and Sailing

Cullen Jones and Debbie Capozzi
Cullen Jones and Debbie Capozzi
Team USA
We're keeping it aquatic for today's spotlight, which features New York Olympians in swimming and sailing. While one of these Olympians is a first-timer the other has already clinched a gold medal victory and made history in their event.

Name: Cullen Jones

Age: 28

Olympic Event: Swimming

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Olympian Cullen Jones is on a mission to prove that minorities can swim. The North Carolina State University grad has made a name for himself in the sport while breaking many national records as the first African-American man to win gold in several events. Which include gold victories in the NCAA Championships, World University Games and the Pan Pacific Games. Most notably Jones won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing making him the second African-American male in history to do so. While he was only able to grab a silver medal after last Friday's individual Olympics event, Jones told reporters he was still happy with the win. When he isn't making history, Jones volunteers at swim organizations such as Make a Splash Foundation where he gives swimming lessons and does motivational speaking.

Name: Debbie Capozzi

Age: 31

Olympic Event: Swimming

Hometown: Bayport, NY

As part of the 2010 US Sailing Olympic Team of the year, Debbie Capozzi is no stranger to earning some of the highest honors in her sport. Capozzi began her sailing career while attending Old Dominion University. During her two year tenure as the team captain her college team won the Intercollegiate Sailing Sailing Association National Championship. After graduation Capozzi began competing both domestically and internationally in sailing competitions where she won several gold medals. The 2012 summer games marks her first time at the Olympic games.When Capozzi isn't busy chasing Olympic gold, the Long Island native is helping her family run an Italian ices business named Tina's Italian Ices after Capozzi's younger sister.

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