Name: Rowdy Gaines
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Freestyle, 4x100 Freestyle, 4x100 Medley
DOB: 2/17/1959
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Fla.
Hometown: Winter Haven, Fla.
High School: Winter Haven High School (Winter Haven, Fla.)
College: Auburn University
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1984); three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds)
  • Los Angeles 1984, gold (100-meter freestyle, 4x100 freestyle, 4x100 medley)
Personal: First started swimming at the age of 17...Received a scholarship to swim at Auburn University under legendary coach Richard Quick…Worked in his father’s gas station after graduating from Auburn, before returning to competitive swimming in 1981...Was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1991, a life-threatening neurological disorder...He overcame the disease and returned to the pool at 35, becoming the oldest swimmer to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1996...Served as director of outreach for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame...Regular television analyst for swimming events on NBC...Has four daughters.