Rowdy Gaines - LIMU's World Class Olympic Gold Medalist
Those were the high school sports teams he tried out for, though he didn’t make any of them. As a high school junior, swimming was all that was left. Luckily, he made the cut. A week later, he swam in his first meet, in the last relay event, anchoring what they called the “E” team, the worst relay group on the team. But something happened. He outsplit everyone on it and his life changed forever.
He excelled at swimming partly because he was a natural, but also because he loved it. The pool was where he belonged, and he spent the next two years completely committed to the sport. He got up early for practice and then went to school, and after school he went back to practice. He worked on perfecting turns, starts, strokes and kicks. He spent weekends practicing and traveling to compete in meets. He had one goal, and it was to be in the Olympics.
After graduation, he was offered a scholarship to swim for Auburn University, and it was there, in his sophomore year, he met the man who would make him an Olympian. The years at Auburn were some of the most amazing of his life; he became an all American, an NCAA champion and he was world swimmer of the year twice. It was at Auburn he became the fastest human being in the water, and heavily favored to medal multiple times in Moscow in 1980. His journey to the podium had begun, and he was tenacious. He swam and swam and swam. He was ready.
Somewhere along the way, politics and sports collided, and the Olympians of 1980 became Olympians with nowhere to compete. Some left their sports and returned to everyday life. Some tried to return to sports, but 1984 was a long way off and funding for training was difficult to obtain. One in particular bitterly turned his back, but when his father told him there was life after the Olympics, he realized his father was right.
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).