Rowdy Gaines - LIMU's World Class Olympic Gold Medalist
and there is only one route. One lap of the pool at a time, over and over and over until you’ve swam so many, you’ve lost all track of time and distance. And still you’re not there. There are more laps and endless kicks and strokes and breaths and turns. So you keep swimming, and swimming, and swimming, because you know that one day you will arrive in Moscow, and you will climb the podium.
For four years, Rowdy trained for that podium. Six hours a day, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. At the end of one year, he had trained 312 days. Two thousand hours. At the end of four years, he had trained 1248 days, 7500 hours and fourteen thousand miles. He could see the end of the road, and it was Moscow. At the end of that road was vindication for the pain of every start, every stroke, every breath and every turn. Moscow was the pinnacle. But there was no Moscow.
He started over. The road was the same, and this time he knew exactly how long it would be. But, at the end was redemption, and it was in Los Angeles. It was there he climbed the podium. It was there he found gold.
The journey had just begun. A competitor never stops competing; a winner never stops winning. He said he would swim through another eight years and another boycott to feel what he felt again. And so he continued to climb podiums, and he climbs them still. There is one goal: winning.
|A day in the life, 1980||A day in the life, 2010|
|4,000 yards an hour; 2400 strokes/kicks; 1200 flip turns||4,000 yards an hour; 2400 strokes/kicks; 1200 flip turns|
|Five hours and 20,000 yards
|Two hours and 8,000 yards
|Six days and 82 miles a week||Six days and 27 miles a week|
|312 days and 4,200 miles a year||312 days and 1,400 miles a year|
|Burned 4,500 calories a day||Burns 1,500 calories a day|
Event: Rowdy's Kidz Swim Clinic FREE for experienced swimmers, ages 8-18 Date/Time: Thursday, May 24th, 5:00 PM Location: Cecil Aquatic Center Address: 13611 Normandy Blvd #A Jacksonville, FL 32221 Latoya Taylor-White, 904-579-6639 Mincy more
Event: LIMU EXPERIENCE PARTY with Special Guest, Rowdy Gaines FREE! Open to entire community Date/Time: Thursday, May 24th, 7:00 PM Location: Bartram Springs Subdivision Amenity Center Address: 14530 Cherry more
Rowdy Gaines and TEAM BLU FROG are all set to break new world records all over again at the 3rd Annual Rowdy Gaines Classic this year, having grown the team from 50 to 100+ nationwide in the past 12 months. Here’s a look of all that was last year, care of our friends at Growing Bolder.
Tiburon Sprint Classic: Battle of the Sexes, Can Rowdy Beat the Girls?
By Braden Keith
Olympian Rowdy Gaines on the US swim team’s gold medal pressure
By Scott Stump
5 Questions with…Rowdy Gaines
By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of Communications
At 53, Gaines is a multiple-world-record-holding masters swimmer, a husband, father and spokesman for Limu, a performance drink.
Gold-medal Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines works for the dietary-supplement company Limu.
Two-time world-champion swimmer Michelle Griglione wouldn’t have dreamed of teaching her own daughter to swim. She left that to the professionals. So eight years ago, the Orlando mother enrolled her…
Gaines, now a spokesman and competitive swimmer for the LIMU Company, travels the country and abroad making motivational speeches.
Los Angeles Times
… Olympian in gymnastics who won gold in 1996 and bronze in 1992, 1996 and 2000) and Rowdy Gaines (three-time Olympic gold medalist in 1984 in swimming).