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Baby Boom! Olympic Champions Julia Mancuso And Cullen Jones Each Welcome Their First Child

By Darci Miller | July 12, 2019, 9:04 p.m. (ET)

(L) Cullen Jones and Julia Mancuso (R) announced their son Sonny Fish Mancuso on July 11, 2019.


Alpine skier Julia Mancuso and swimmer Cullen Jones may be known for their accomplishments on opposite ends of the athletic spectrum, but now they’ll be forever bonded by July 11, 2019: the day they each became first-time parents.

Jones and wife Rupi Desai welcomed son Ayven Cullen Jones to the world, announcing the birth on Instagram.

“We are so in love with our little angel and can not stop staring at him!” Jones wrote. “Everyone is doing great!”

Jones and Rupi have been married since 2017 after having dated for seven years. 



Jones, who has committed to making a run at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, owns four Olympic medals. He first made a splash at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, swimming the third leg in the 4x100-meter freestyle that set a world record and helped Michael Phelps win his second of eight gold medals. In doing so, he became the first black swimmer ever to set an Olympic record.

In London in 2012, Jones won gold in the 4x100 medley, plus silver in the 50 free and 4x100 free. 

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Meanwhile, Mancuso and husband Dylan Fish welcomed baby Sonny Fish Mancuso at 12:54 p.m.

“You are the sweetest little boy,” Mancuso wrote on Instagram. “Will share more later. Need to go cuddle.”

Mancuso and Fish have been married since 2016 and, while she was pregnant, referred to their baby as Nemo.



Mancuso, the U.S.’s most decorated Olympic women’s skier with four medals, retired in January of 2018. She has four Olympic medals to her name, including giant slalom gold from Torino in 2006. She won two silver medals in Vancouver in 2010, one in downhill and one in combined, and added a combined bronze in Sochi in 2014.

She held out hope that she could qualify for her fifth Olympic Winter Games right up until the very end, but ultimately, pain from a degenerative right hip proved to be insurmountable. She announced her retirement in January and took her final run in a Captain Marvel suit.

The superhero theme returned in March, when Mancuso took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy. Donning a Wonder Woman costume while on skis, she shared the news with the hashtag #momsaretherealsuperheroes.

Darci Miller is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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