The legendary Rowdy Gaines knows a thing or two about postponing one's goals. As an athlete in peak form leading up to the boycotted 1980 Olympic Games, he had to push through four more years to 1984, which was thought to be crazy back then. But he did it and won three Olympic titles. Hear Rowdy’s expert take on this unprecedented historic time in the swimming community -- and his advice for keeping perspective in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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About Rowdy Gaines
Rowdy Gaines is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and holds 12 U.S. national championships. In 2015, he was recognized with the USA Swimming Award, the most prestigious award one can receive for contributions to the sport. He is an avid lifelong swimmer and an outspoken US Masters swimmer who hosts the Rowdy Gaines classic meet in Orlando each year. He is in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Gaines has served as a swimming analyst for ESPN and NBA Sports for swimming for the past seven summer Olympics.
Episode Topics and Mentions
University of Florida
Swim Across America
Mary T. Meagher
1980 Olympics boycott
Central Florida YMCA
US Masters Swimming
University of Virginia Swimming
North Carolina State University Swimming
International Olympic Committee
Quote of the Week:
"We're all in this together and I think that next summer is going to be the most spectacular Olympics in history" - Rowdy Gaines
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