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.
Gaines’ performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics resulted in 3 Gold Medals and international praise for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
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.
“The Voice” of Swimming, Gaines has called some of the biggest moments in the sport over the last 30 years, including 7 Olympic Games.
He found more than gold and glory in the water.
Michael Phelps is the most important figure in swimming history, but if there’s a 1A, it’s Rowdy Gaines.
We’re lucky to have somebody like Rowdy. There’s no better person that’s going to help continue to change the sport, but him.
It is right to call Rowdy the ambassador of swimming because he exemplifies what is good and right and best. It’s what every mom wants their kids to learn from sport.
The birth certificate may say Ambrose Gaines, IV. But in many ways Rowdy Gaines is one of a kind.