Olympian Cullen Jones on Swimming and Drowning

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File: Cullen Jones stands on the blocks before swimming in the men's final of the 100 meter freestyle on July 10, 2009
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Swimming is one way to beat the heat – but it can be dangerous for those who don't have a basic knowledge of how to handle themselves in the water. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones knows this all too well: When he was five years old he almost drowned at an amusement park. This summer the gold medalist has been traveling around the country with the USA Swimming Foundation in a six-city tour called "Make a Splash with Cullen Jones." At each stop Jones meets with community leaders and teaches basic water safety to parents and children.

He speaks with us about his childhood near-death experience and the importance of learning how to swim.