Rowdy Gaines is one of the most inspirational and courageous athletes of all-time. Missing the U.S. boycotted 1980 Olympics didn’t end Gaines’ career, it ignited it! After taking a year off, Rowdy Gaines returned to the 1984 Olympics an underdog but emerged a winner and it doesn’t stop there. In 1991 Rowdy was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological disorder that paralyzes the entire nervous system. Not only did he recover, he went on to win two World Master’s Titles and broke two of them the following year. He is known as one of the world’s most dedicated and ambitious athletes, and symbolizes the American Dream.
Today, Rowdy Gaines is often referred to as “Swimming’s Greatest Ambassador.” Known as the voice of swimming, he has worked with CBS, TNT, ESPN, and NBC as an announcer for the sport, and showcased these skills while announcing for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He travels the world sharing his love and passion for the sport of swimming with the parents, kids, and coaches. Rowdy Gaines serves as a national spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, HealthSouth, Disney, Rayban, Speedo, and John Hancock. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a sought after motivational speaker by companies world-wide. Rowdy is currently executive director of Rowdy’s Kidz, an organization in association with the Limu Company that helps America’s youth create healthier lifestyles and empowered futures.
Rowdy Gaines is now known for dedication to, and vast knowledge of, the sport of swimming. When not commentating for NBC or Universal Sports, Rowdy enjoys speaking to organizations and swim clubs.
Rowdy’s undeniable talents, exceptional athletic ability, and miraculous recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome have made him legendary. Rowdy Gaines is an inspiration to all.