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Among his many achievements, Rowdy Gaines’ immeasurable contributions to the sport of swimming earned him the prestigious 2015 USA Swimming Award—the highest honor in swimming.

3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Gaines’ performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics resulted in 3 Gold Medals and international praise for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.

25k miles swam

Once labeled the fastest swimmer in the world, Gaines has swam the equivalent of the circumference of the earth (and counting) over his lifetime.


A 10-time world record holder, Gaines travels the world dedicating his time to sharing his learn-to-swim message and expertise with youth, parents and coaches.

NBC Sports Swimming Analyst

“The Voice” of Swimming, Gaines has called some of the biggest moments in the sport over the last 30 years, including 7 Olympic Games.

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  • 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 22-time NCAA All-American
  • 12-time USS National Individual Champion
  • 10-time World Record Holder
  • 8-time NCAA Champion
  • 12-time SEC Champion
  • 1980 & 1984 World Swimmer of the Year
  • 1980 United States Swimmer of the Year
  • 1981 SEC Athlete of the Year
  • 1982 McDonald’s Spirit Award
  • 2007 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award
  • 2015 USA Swimming Award
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame

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He found more than gold and glory in the water.

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