Rowdy Gaines - LIMU's World Class Olympic Gold Medalist
The Polk County high school swimming championship meet of 1976 was as good a place as any to start, and it was there he set his first two records in the short course 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle.
It was the beginning of a lifetime of record breaking, including breaking a few of his own. In 1989, he set six world records; in 1990 he set four. In 1994, at age 35, he set seven world records and became the only swimmer in history to hold world records in all six long course meters freestyle distances: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters.
He’s broken 25 world records in the course of his career, some of which stayed unbroken a very long time. His 1991 world in the 100-meter freestyle held 17 years. The world records he set in 1990 for 50- and 100-meter freestyle lasted 19 years before being bested in 2009. Today, he holds 11 national records and his two worlds in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle have remained unbeaten since 1995.
It was his return to the pool in his golden year that showed he never really left it. In 2009, at age 50, after a 13-year hiatus from competition, he dove in with a vengeance that erased any doubt there may have been about his pool credibility. His 100-meter freestyle was, 25 years later, off his Olympic time by less than two seconds. He proceeded to set two world records and six nationals, and, in a sport where records are smashed by barely measurable units of time, his performance was stunning, eclipsing the previous time by more than 2 ½ seconds. There is one goal: winning.
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).