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April 20, 2020

Rowdy Gaines on Postponing Your Dreams in these Historic Times, Episode #60, 4-21-2020

Rowdy Gaines on Postponing Your Dreams in these Historic Times, Episode #60, 4-21-2020

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

Glenn Mills 

Craig Beardsley

University of Florida

Swim Across America

Sue Walsh

Michelle Griglione

Mary T. Meagher

2020 Olympics

2021 Olympics

1980 Olympics boycott

Rowdy Rising

Central Florida YMCA

US Masters Swimming


Student athletes

University of Virginia Swimming

North Carolina State University Swimming

International Olympic Committee

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Healthcare workers



  1. There WILL be an after and we will be stronger together by the end. 
  2. The champions know how to handle the valleys in life - how did you respond to this pandemic?


  1. We’re all in this together. Every one of us is part of a team to get through this.
  2. Those of us in good health can and really should appreciate that every day.

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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